Benefits Of Plastic Pipes

Published: 05th October 2009
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Plastic piping has been around for many years and is quite popular. This is due to the many unique qualities it possesses. Some of them include:

Green benefits: plastic materials can be recycled

Transportation costs are low: This is due to their lightweight nature

Low friction loss: As the surfaces of plastic pipes are generally quite smooth, they require less power to transmit fluids in plastic piping compared with other piping systems. Furthermore, they offer less frictional resistance to the fluids flowing through them and help minimise the build up of scale and other deposits

Minimal energy requirements: This is in comparison with other non-metallic materials and there is also minimal increase of energy requirement over the lifetime of the piping

Chemical resistance in plastic piping: Plastic piping can be adaptable to a wide variety of chemical solutions

As you can see there are many advantages of using plastic pipes. They have a a much lower thermal conductivity than other piping materials. This has the additional benefit of helping to eliminate or greatly reduce the need for insulation later.

Due to its lightweight nature and its flexibility, plastic piping is becoming more well known and popular amongst consumers. This is particularly the case with the smaller plastic pipes that can be easily manoeuvred around through obstructions.

Why should you use plastic piping?

Plastic piping is popular in the industry as is it is used to transport fluids, or anything that can flow from one destination to the other. The piping engineers ensure that the fluid is transported in the safest manner possible to wherever it needs to go. Firstly, they have to decide on the most appropriate piping material for the job. A number of factors are considered. 

Plastic piping is not traditionally associated with being a suitable replacement for more traditional piping materials such as concrete or metal. This can depend on a number of factors, such as the weight of the load being transported or the corrosiveness of the fluid. It all depends on the individual attributes of the type of plastic in question.

Plastic pipe in comparison to a Metal pipe
There are many instances where a plastic pipe can be a worthy replacement option for a metal pipe. Firstly, it is cheaper to install, and it would do the job better then a metal pipe in some cases. This is due to many reasons. One of the qualities of plastic is that it can withstand corrosion more than metal. For instance, plastic pipes do not start jamming, or sticking because of rust or corrosion. In addition, the smoothness of the surface of a plastic pipe allows it to continue that way for years. Metal pipes are not the same as they tend to scale and corrode over a period of time.

In order to make good use of plastic piping, it is essential to be aware of its unique qualities. Most engineers are aware of this and realize that they are not substitutes for other conventional pipes. The most common reason plastic piping is chosen is for its lightweight, and non-corrosive properties. Plastic piping comes in many different forms, suitable for different purposes.

Tal Potishman, editor of Heating Central, writes articles about plumber, central heating, Bradford plumbers, underfloor heating and solar thermal. He specializes in helping save money by advising on efficient heating.

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