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Exactly what is PVC?
PVC pipe is constructed from a plastic known as, “polyvinyl chloride.” It can be fitted to drains as vents, and to also handle waste output from buildings. It is durable, light, and strong.
Advantages:
Fire resistant.
Virtually maintenance free.
Easy to install.
Chemical resistant.
Strong.
Installation:
PVC is an easy material to cut. You can use a hacksaw, but abrasive disks are made for miter saws and they work better to guarantee a straight edge. A badly cut joint can throw off the entire run of pipe. Once cut, clean all loose plastic bits out of the pipe and deburr the edges. Now the pipe is cut to the proper length, lay it out on the floor with fittings in place to make sure the length is right. If it is the proper length, you can go ahead and install. Westcombe Park Plumbers can use PVC.

Clean and Cement:
Now, the pipe must be cleaned off using all-purpose pipework cleaner, this is called primer. Wipe the primer around the end of the pipework and the inside of the fitting to make sure it is not contaminated. PVC is joined using a specific type of cement. This cement sets really quickly, so you should be ready as it is applied.
With the cement, coat the inner surface of the joint. A Westcombe Park Plumber can cement a PVC pipe.

Fit the PVC pipe, and turning the pipe in the fitting 360 degrees to make sure that the glue has covered the entire joint. Check that the pipe is seated correctly in the joint.

Install Pipe Hangers:
As soon as the PVC pipe is fitted, and you have confirmed the correct length, you can now install pipe hangers for support. These hangers ease strain on the joints and should stop leaks. The distance between the hangers is normally every 4ft. This distance allows for allowing for movements like expansion and contraction.


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