PVC pipe fittings attach to plastic pipes to change the direction or provide a connection between pipes. Pipe fittings support the transport of a material for example, water, gas or liquid waste.
Pipe fittings attach to plastic pipes usually via a thread, pushfit or plastic welding. PVC pipe fittings will have a diameter given in mm or inches. A 50mm diameter, for example, will fit onto a pipe with a compatible diameter.
Types of PVC pipe fittings:
Elbow and Bend fittings prove a change of direction.
Tee and Cross fittings provide connection to multiple other pipes in a system.
Coupler, Adapter, and Union fittings provide an extension of one pipe to another.
Cap and Plug fittings provide termination for pipes.
Reducers and Couplings provide a connection from one size pipe to another size.
Where are they used?
PVC pipe fittings are used to connect plastic pipes within various piping or plumbing installations. They are found in residential, commercial and industrial systems. Examples of PVC Pipe Fitting applications include:
Why choose PVC?
PVC is a plastic which is a popular material for pipework fittings. It is durable, lightweight and cost-effective. PVC is non-toxic and therefore safe to use in manufacturing. PVC is both water and fire resistant which makes it ideal for transporting liquids and gases.
PVC pipe fittings have a long lifespan but they can also be recycled at the end of use and so is more environmentally friendly.
What types of PVC are available?
uPVC (unplasticised polyvinyl chloride), sometimes referred to as PVC-U is a hard plastic which is durable and long-lasting. It requires very little maintenance, is weather resistant and is ideal for pipework fittings.
CPVC (chlorinated polyvinyl chloride) is a more flexible PVC which can tolerate high temperatures. It is ideal for industrial liquid applications and for use with both hot and cold water systems.