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PVC: Long Life and Durability


PVC pipe’s ultra-smooth surface reduces pumping costs and its leak-free joints eliminate water loss – which can be up to 40 per cent in some old-technology and corrosion-prone piping networks.

PVC pipe’s greatest environmental attribute is perhaps its exceptional durability and corrosion resistance – leading to better water conservation and lower replacement, maintenance and repair costs. PVC’s proven track record supports expectations of a very long service life. PVC has been used for piping since the 1930s1 longer than ductile iron. PVC pipes have a proven performance record of over 50 years in Australia, while overseas studies show the life expectancy of PVC pipes to be over 110 years.TRN Pipe E-guide cover web-0x300454-190x269

PVC pipe is engineered and tested tough. It provides resistance to costly leakage. It offers unmatched corrosion resistance and reliability.

The longevity of PVC pipes means the pipes function more efficiently, reducing maintenance and ongoing work to the pipe, making it more affordable over time.

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Renewal of aging pipe infrastructure

PVC pipe accounts for 75percent of the pressure reticulation pipelines being installed in Australia today and over 90percent of the sewer reticulation pipelines. 1WaterPVCPipe

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PIPA takes up battle against non-compliant PVC pipe fittings

Brought to the industry's attention in 2013 is the ongoing issue of imported PVC pipes and fittings being non-compliant with Australian standards and how this was a real issue for the Australian industry. To bring the issue to industry attention, Think Pipes Think PVC even ran a series of ads and articles to alert the industry to the issue. australian fittings standards

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Oriented PVC Pipe –Super Pipe- Guest article by David Chasis

PVC has a number of inherent advantages as a material for water pipe over alternatives products. The advent of PVC-O pipe has only enhanced these advantages. Numerous studies from Australia and overseas have demonstrated the superior environmental properties and benefits of PVC-O pipe compared to all other pressure pipe options.

But I’m not the only one who believes in the huge advantages and super pipe features of PVC-O pipe. David Chasis article Super Pipe investigates the main benefits of PVC-O pipe and explains why PVC-O pipe is so exciting for the industry. 

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PVC-U Pipes- Ageless and Ever Green

Article with thanks to www.PVC4Pipes.com

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Corrosion – not age – is the problem with Australia’s water pipeline infrastructure

The majority of water piping installed in the 20th century in Australia is cast or ductile iron, which was expected to provide water utilities with 50 to 100 years of trouble-free service. Unfortunately, these pipes are susceptible to corrosion and subsequent breakage.

Most people believe that old age is the primary contributor to iron water main breaks. However, the problem isn’t age. It is corrosion.fb-02a-corrosion chloring inst.gif-5a Indeed, in South Australia some water mains installed in 1872 have continued to perform well.

A University of Newcastle, Australia report from Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability had the below conclusion.

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Australian testing demonstrates no pipe degradation after 30 years

A recent report from Utah State University Buried Structures Laboratory by Steven Folkman, titled PVC Pipe Longevity Report, used an Australian case study to prove the long-term service of PVC pipes and to assess any deterioration or degradation in their service. Below is an excerpt from the case study used in the report to demonstrate the 100+ year benchmark standard for PVC Pipes.

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Cast Iron Pipe Corrosion causes burst water main and massive sinkhole

A corroded section of cast iron pipe the size of a tissue box in Sydney’s northern beaches is to blame for the flooding of a mansion-dotted hillside and a sinkhole that caused part of the road to collapse and a fire truck to crash.5449008-16x9-512x288

Ninemsn reported that Sydney Water confirmed that a cement-lined water main running through The Serpentine gave way due to a minor defect in the pipe's protective coating.

They said investigators had found a corrosive patch measuring 20cm by 10cm, slightly smaller than the size of a standard tissue box.
As a result of the defect, the pipe became corroded by soil, causing a section of it to break away.

Both here and overseas, several cases have been reported where ground surface collapsed leading to sinkholes near aging pipes prone to corrosion. Factors causing pipe deterioration and the effect of corrosion pits on the structural performance of pipes have been investigated by several researchers with emphasis on cast iron pipes. It was concluded that corrosion was the main factor influencing pipe deterioration. Cracks initiated at corrosion pits lead to progressive circumferential and longitudinal cracks in addition to blown-out holes.

Unlike metal piping, PVC pipe won't rust or corrode over time because it does not react with air and water the way metal does, which results in a significantly longer lifetime of the pipe.

Consequently, PVC pipe is the most cost effective and sustainable solution in applications where soil is aggressive. PVC pipe can be expected to outlast alternative pipes without the need for protective coatings or liners. PVC pipe is a proven and extremely durable alternative to traditional corrosion prone pipe materials.

Recognised by state, national and international agencies and standards organisations, it has been a benchmark since it was introduced in the sewer, water and drainage markets.

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Trenchless PVC Pipelines projects set to grow in Australia

While Fusible PVC™ pipes are being increasingly widely being used in trenchless projects in North America and New Zealand, they are yet to be used in Australia. At the recent OzWater 14’ conference held in Brisbane, Iplex Pipelines Australia was logowidely demonstrating the benefits of Fusible PVC™ pipes and its effectiveness for trenchless pipeline projects.logo

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International Study Supports PVC Pipe Performance and Longevity 100+ Years

A new study published by Utah State University buried structures laboratory has taken a comprehensive review of the longevity of PVC pipes in service in a range of countries – including Australia. The conclusion?

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Increase water flow using PVC pipes

Within any pipeline system, one of the major concerns for engineers is pipe blockages.

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Water down the drain in QLD wasting more than 20billion litres of water each year

You don’t have to go back too long to remember tight water restrictions in Queensland, timed showers and monitoring your neighbours watering their gardens. While at the moment we are not on water restrictions, the news Queensland Urban Utilities and Unitywater, South East Queensland’s water retailers are washing away more than 20 billion litres of water each year due to burst and leaking water mains is a slap in the face, especially when both water utilities are lobbying for water price hikes of more than $80 per year per household.

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Council recognises that replacing old pipes with PVC have seen water pipe breaks drop by half

A local council in the US has recently reported that replacing city water lines with PVC pipes has cut the number of pipe breaks in half – with pipe breaks already down 90% in 2014 over same time 2013.

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Non-Compliant PVC Pipe gaining industry attention

Last year we brought to the industry’s attention the issue of imported PVC pipes and fittings being non-compliant with Australian standards and how this was a real issue for the Australian plumbing industry. Using non-compliant PVC products means the plumbing is potentially facing a raft of warranty issues in the event of failure, with the cost of secondary damage from water losses far outweighing the cost of the failed PVC pipe or fitting.

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Corrosion No 1 reason for burst water mains

One of the issues that Think Pipes Think PVC has tackled over the past three years is that of iron corrosion in Australia water due to outdated Iron pipe systems degrading water quality. As well as being a substantial health hazard to the community, corrosion is also the number one reason for burst water mains across the country.

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What is most important when choosing PVC pipes?

Last year Think Pipes Think PVC surveyed over 100 industry professionals including engineers, architects and builders about what factors are most important when choosing pipe materials for Stormwater, DWV/ Sewerage and Clean Water projects.

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Celebrating three years of industry education and awareness campaigning for PVC Pipes

This March, industry awareness campaign Think Pipes Think PVC celebrates three-years of delivering a wide range of resources on the performance and environmental benefits of PVC pipes.

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PVC Pipe industry set for Big Growth 2014

The last few years hasn’t seen a lot of growth within the PVC pipes industry, however new technologies and expanded market opportunities makes 2014 an exciting time for growth and advancement within the industry.

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PVC Pipe Retrospective 2013 – The issues and successes

It’s time to look back at the year that was and the issues in the PVC pipe industry for 2013 and see how they compare to what were the issues and trends in 2012. 

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Molecor Large Diameter PVC-O Pipes tops off prestigious award win by announcing new PVC-O Pipe fittings range

Out of a field of 17 finalists competing for the 2013 prestigious SolVin Awards for PVC Innovation, the Spanish specialist in PVC-O pipes Molecor was named winner of the gold prize. Molecor received the prize for its large-sized PVC-O pipe, which measures up to 630 mm in diameter - 50% larger than previous pipe sizes. This unprecedented diameter size has opened up a whole new market in which these corrosion free PVC pipes can be applied.

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