At a recent site inspection our engineers identified that the pipework in a pump chamber had corroded beyond repair – this included the gate valve which had snapped due to severe corrosion. The gate valve (or sluice valve), is the valve that controls flow and is commonly found in water treatment systems. We advised the client that the corroded pipework to the pump should be replaced with UPVC plastic pipework along with guide rail poles and pump lifting chains.
Advantages of UPVC pipework
Whether a commercial premises or residential property UPVC plastic pipework has many advantages. Older properties in particular can have outdated plumbing infrastructure and may have more traditional metal piping. Whilst metal is extremely durable, over time it can corrode which is why it is often replaced with UPVC pipework.
Benefits of UPVC plastic piping
- Easier to work worth – easy to join, easier to cut and fit into tight areas.
- Cost less – lighter weight so cheaper to transport resulting in lower overall costs, light weight also means less labour costs as it is easier to install
- Wont rust or corrode like metals
- More sustainable – the longer lifecycle of plastic compared to metal results in a smaller environmental impact
What is the difference between PVC and UPVC pipes?
PVC contains BPA and phthalates, which are two plasticisers allowing a degree of flexibility in the material. UPVC is a more rigid plastic the ‘U’ meaning “unplasticised,”
If your property or commercial premises needs replacement pipework get in touch with the Alton Pump Services specialist team for a quote. Call: 01420 561661