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3 Types of Popular Plastic Pipes Today

Plastic plumbing is one of the indispensable materials in construction works, especially in water supply and drainage systems. Nowadays, plastic pipes are very popular. Each type will suit different needs and uses. For contractors, investors, and project owners, the 3 best types of plastic pipes used today are HDPE pipes, PVC pipes, and PPR pipes. Thanks to the outstanding advantages of durability, chemical resistance, UV resistance, and ease of transportation and installation, these 3 types of plumbing have contributed to most residential projects.


HDPE pipe for clean water supply


The next type of plastic pipe that is indispensable among PVC pipes is HDPE pipe. HDPE pipes are also highly appreciated, and chosen by many people when installing water systems for large-scale works and projects such as hydropower, industrial parks, water plants, and urban areas...


HDPE pipes are manufactured from polyethylene (also known as glass fiber). Therefore, HDPE pipes have outstanding advantages and are increasingly widely applied to key national clean water supply projects or green buildings.

With a wide range of pipe diameters from D20 - D1200, HDPE pipes are widely used in water supply and drainage, electrical wiring, transmission - sand suction, agricultural irrigation, and making cages. Depending on the purpose of use, contractors, investors, and project owners can choose HDPE pipes with suitable diameters and thicknesses.


HDPE pipe characteristics


HDPE pipes use high-density thermoplastic resin material called High-Density Polyethylene, which is one of the most durable construction materials available today. This type of pipe is polymerized from Poli ethylene under low pressure and combined with catalysts such as silicon catalyst, and chromium...


Advantages of HDPE pipes


HDPE pipes have many outstanding advantages over current plastic pipes:

  • HDPE plastic pipes are resistant to corrosive factors such as chemicals, resistant to the bad effects of ultraviolet rays of the sun, and have good oxidation resistance. Therefore, HDPE pipes can be used in the environment for a long time without being damaged or rotting.

  • Thanks to the anti-corrosion ability on both the inside and outside of the pipe, HDPE pipes can ensure high durability for the product for a long time.

  • HDPE pipes are manufactured from environmentally friendly plastic materials. Therefore, for the cases of clean water transmission, construction of water supply, and drainage systems in large projects, HDPE pipes will be a perfect choice.

  • This type of pipe has high flexibility, so the flexibility is also great, and the elasticity is high. You can completely shape and roll pipes in many different ways to meet your needs.

  • HDPE pipes can be bent and are suitable for many different construction sites and terrains such as mountain terrain, riverbed, and underground ... without breaking or cracking.

  • Among the types of plastic pipes, HDPE pipes have very diverse sizes, D20 - D2000mm. Therefore, can meet all needs, all different projects from small to large.

  • HDPE pipes can withstand the effects of high temperatures and are not affected by physical and chemical effects when exposed to sunlight or environmental influences.

  • The material of HDPE pipe is high quality, safe, benign, not rusty, and not affected by chemicals such as acid, alkali, or salt solution...

  • If an impact is encountered, the tube is not deformed. The surface of the pipe is smooth, limiting the problem of scratches.

  • HDPE pipes are very light in weight and easily rolled into circles, making transportation, construction, and installation easier and more convenient.

  • HDPE pipe is super durable, with a long service life of up to 50 years.

PVC pipes are popular in all projects


PVC pipes are manufactured from vinyl chloride as the main raw material. There are two types of PVC pipes on the market, flexible pipes (PVC) and rigid pipes (uPVC), each of which will have different applications. In particular, uPVC pipes are plasticized with components such as acrylic polymers, waxes, and stabilizers, making the pipe stronger and stronger than other pipes on the market.

However, PVC pipes are formed from many harmful chemicals, so the application of this type of plastic pipe is usually wastewater drainage in urban areas, industrial zones, and underground pipelines. With the trend of developing environmentally friendly projects globally, PVC pipes are gradually being replaced by HDPE pipes even with better prices.

uPVC pipe characteristics

The main component of uPVC pipes is PVC powder. Besides, this type of plastic pipe also uses some necessary additives such as lubricants, anti-UV agents, temperature stabilizers, etc. uPVC pipes are PVC pipes that have not been plasticized.

Advantages of uPVC pipes


The reason why in PVC pipes, uPVC pipes are the most popular and used is because of many outstanding advantages:

  • Among all PVC pipes, uPVC pipes have very high durability. uPVC pipes are very hard, do not bend, and do not rust. In particular, in uPVC pipes, there is also a component of Acrylic Polymers to create strength, and increase bearing capacity, so when a strong impact occurs, it is difficult to break or damage.

  • uPVC pipes do not have plastic chemicals, so they are very safe and do not pose any danger to users.

  • With a group of stabilizers included in the composition, uPVC pipes can withstand high temperatures and are not affected by ultraviolet rays.

  • The chemical resistance of uPVC pipes is very high, the maximum temperature in the operating range is 60 degrees Celsius, and the maximum pressure is 450 PSI, resistant to many chemicals.

  • uPVC pipes can withstand extreme weather, and not deform in normal weather conditions.

  • uPVC pipes are resistant to oxidation, so they do not corrode and retain their original color.

  • In uPVC plastic has a glossy component, so the surface of the plastic pipe has a beautiful smoothness and shine, which is difficult to scratch.

  • Among plastic pipes, uPVC pipes are not biodegradable but can be recycled up to 7 times. The life expectancy can be from 240 to 280 years.

PPR pipes for hot water


PPR pipes are made from polypropylene random copolymers. This is known as a very special material that can withstand temperatures as high as 900○C and is safe for human health. Therefore, PPR pipes are also known as heat-resistant plastic pipes.

The application of PPR pipes is often used to carry clean water for people's daily life. In green projects in the world today, PPR plastic pipes are also put into use to ensure the supply of clean water to people.


PPR pipe characteristics

Among PVC pipes, PPR pipes are very special because they use a type of plastic unlike any other. This plastic can withstand high temperatures from 70 to 110 degrees Celsius.


PPR plastic pipes are used to conduct hot water sources such as hot water supply in production, solar power plants, etc. PPR plastic pipes include 4 main types:

  • PN10 plastic pipe for cold water.

  • PN16 plastic pipe is used for both hot and cold water.

  • PN20 plastic pipe dedicated to hot water.

  • PN25 plastic pipes are used in special cases, under high pressure, and in cold climates.

Advantages of PPR. pipes

  • The most prominent advantage of PPR plastic pipes among other types of plastic pipes is safety and environmental friendliness. That is also the reason why PPR pipes are highly appreciated for clean water.

  • Among the types of plastic pipes, PPR pipes can withstand much higher pressure than PVC pipes and HDPE pipes... PPR pipes can withstand temperatures up to 110 degrees Celsius and still retain pressure resistance and high force.

  • The joints of the pipes always ensure stability and do not cause water leakage.

  • PPR plastic pipes have a smooth and smooth inner surface, so the ability to conduct water is faster and more stable, without causing sedimentation inside the pipe.

  • The ability of PPR pipes to conduct electricity and heat is low, so it is very safe during use. Thanks to their high heat resistance, PPR pipes are the right choice in cases where hot water is delivered without changing the pipe.

  • With their lightweight and high flexibility, PPR pipes are easy to construct, install and transport.

  • PPR pipes are available with accessories, so it is very convenient to install.

  • Compared to other types of water pipes on the market, PPR plastic pipes have extremely good impact resistance, it is very difficult to crack even in the case of large impacts from external factors.

  • This type of pipe is resistant to the oxidization of the environment, so it does not wear out after a long time of use.

  • With many good properties, and high-quality materials, PPR pipes have very high durability, the service life can be up to 50 years.

About Local Rooter Corporation.

Local Rooter Corporation has been working hard to satisfy the plumbing system needs of home and business owners in San Jose and surrounding areas. Integrity and skills are served as our top priorities Whether it is a service, repair, or installation job, our licensed technicians are here to heed the call of duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to a wide range of standard services, we also provide a number of specialty plumbing solutions to homeowners in the area. Contact us at 408-641-9245


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