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PVC - Making Water Supplies Safer and Cheaper

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PVC Is The Perfect Pipe For Water

If you're just starting out on your DIY plumbing journey, you'll very quickly learn that the best way to become a well-practiced DIY plumber is knowing which parts you need for your project.

Trust me! I know it can be very overwhelming in the beginning, but you'll learn your way around as you familiarize yourself with different types of pipes and sealants and valves and wrenches and saws....yeah. It's a lot. But I did it! So I have faith in you.

Let me tell you, "PVC pipes" is going to be the most overused term in your DIY plumbing get over it now so that you can focus on learning. PVC pipes and valves are an essential part of any plumbing system and even though it may sound like your job is easy when it comes to choosing your pipes, you're wrong.

These plastic pipes and valves come in different types and sizes, and they all serve different purposes. It's important to choose the right ones for your specific project! That's why I'm here.

Especially if you're working on your own whole home water filtration system!

Different Kinds of PVC

As I mentioned before, it's important to choose the right size pipe and valve for your needs! I cannot and shall not stress this enough. Getting the wrong size can lead to problems such as leakages or, the opposite of that problem, blockages.

...Is that the opposite? I don't know. I digress.

PVC pipes and valves come in a variety of sizes, so it's important to know what you need before you buy! You heard me, research beforehand! Just when you thought your homework days were over, here's a nice little reminder that we're all students for forever.

There is a range of sizes to choose from when you're choosing PVC pipes and their respective connectors and valves. They are typically available in sizes ranging from a 1/2-inch in diameter to 4-inches in diameter. The most commonly used is right in the middle at 2-inches.

Remember, we're talking about diameter! Not length. PVC valves are available in sizes ranging from 1/2-inch to 6 inches with the most common size at 3/4-inch.

When choosing a size, it is important to consider the pressure of the system you're using. This is important! If you get the wrong type of PVC pipe you may burst a pipe by pushing too much water through it. PVC pipes and valves are rated for different pressures for this reason.

For example, a 2-inch pipe may be rated for a maximum pressure of 100 PSI (pounds per square inch), while a 3/4-inch valve may be rated for a maximum pressure of 60 PSI.

This could equate to you having the right pipe, but the wrong valve. You may think that doesn't matter, but you don't want your house to flood due to negligence when you're choosing the right pipes!

It's also important to consider the flow rate of the system. The flow rate is the amount of water that can flow through the pipe or valve in a given period of time. Huh? I know. Stick with me.

Let's say you have a 2-inch pipe that might have a flow rate of 10 gallons per minute, and a 3/4-inch valve which may have a flow rate of 5 gallons per minute. You may have a mess on your hands!

When choosing a size, it is important to consider both the pressure and the flow rate of the system. If you are not sure what size you need, it is best to consult with a professional. There is no shame in asking for help, especially if it will save you a potential headache later!

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Choosing the Right Type of PVC Pipe

Did you know you can cut and glue PVC pipes and fittings to create the shape you need for your project? You can! You just need the right tools and sealants to do it. Measuring, cutting and securing your own pipes is a quick and easy way to create custom structures with your PVC pipes.

That's why they're so versatile! You can use PVC for a variety of projects, including building frames, creating supports and even making furniture! Or your own at home water filtration system...hehe.

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Maintaining DIY Home Water Filter

PVC pipes and valves (I know, I know...I told you these words would be consistent) are versatile tools that can be used to build at home water filters of all shapes and sizes. While they are most commonly used in plumbing applications, they can also be used to create filters that remove impurities from water.

DIY water filtration systems are a great way to help prevent causes of bad water quality, which can affect your health and even ruin your clothes!

PVC pipes and valves come in a variety of sizes, so it's important to select the right size for your project. For example, the most commonly used sizes for water filters are 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch in diameter.

When you're creating the water filter, it is important to use a food-grade PVC pipe and valve, since this water will be going in and around your body. This type of PVC is safe for contact with water and it will not leach chemicals into the water.

On the other end of that, PVC pipes and valves are easy to clean and care for. Simply brush away any dirt or debris that has collected on the surface. If the filter itself becomes clogged, simply disassemble the filter and clean the clogged parts with a mild detergent.

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PVC Pipes & Valves

PVC pipes and valves come in a variety of sizes and can be used for a variety of purposes...did I say that already? I did...but here we are. The most common use for PVC pipes is to transport water, but they can also be used to transport other fluids, such as sewage or irrigation water.

So, if a water filter system isn't your current DIY plumbing project, you're hopefully still in the right place! My goal is, at the very least, to point you in the right direction so that you don't have to wander around the internet without any direction. So, let's carry on!

PVC pipes can also be used for making PVC-based products, such as pipes, fittings and valves. These pipes are classified according to diameter. There's another word I've been throwing around a lot, so let's talk about it.

The most common sizes are 1/2-inch, 1-inch and 1 1/2-inch but they can also be found in 2-inch, 3-inch and 4-inch sizes. The diameter of the pipe is based on the inside diameter which is measured in inches. That means that the outside diameter of the pipe, which is not how they're measured, is slightly bigger than the inside diameter.

PVC pipes are made from a type of plastic called polyvinyl chloride. It's a strong, durable plastic that is resistant to corrosion and is easy to clean. PVC pipes are also inert, meaning they do not interact with other chemicals. This makes PVC pipes a good choice for transporting corrosive fluids, such as sewage.

PVC Parts And Pieces

This is the last opening line of a section that starts with PVC pipes! I promise! In this blog anyways...

Since PVC pipes and valves come in a variety of sizes it is important to follow the instructions when working with them to ensure a safe and successful project.

There are three main types of PVC pipes: schedule 40, schedule 80, and CPVC. Schedule 40 is the most common type of PVC pipe used for home projects. It's also the most affordable.

Schedule 80 is thicker and stronger than schedule 40 and is typically used for commercial projects.

Now, CVPC is a type of PVC that is used for hot water lines. It can handle higher temperatures and pressures than other types of PVC pipes.

Like we discussed before, these pipes are measured in diameter and have many available sizes. We also discussed that you measure the inside of the pipe, and exclude the outside when looking for the correct diameter. The length of the pipe is usually about 20 feet long.

Make sure you have the correct size pipe for your project! Using a pipe that is too small can cause problems, such as leaks. Using a pipe that is too large can be wasteful and can make your project more difficult.

Valves are used to control the flow of water through a pipe. There are two main types of valves: gate valves and globe valves.

Gate valves can start and stop the water flow and globe valves are used to control the amount of water that flows through a pipe. Valves are available in a variety of sizes, depending on the size of the pipe you're using. It is important to use the correct valve for your project.

PVC, PVC, and more PVC!

Here we are! We made it to the end! PVC pipes and valves are an essential part of many homes. They do not have the problem of rust forming inside of the pipe, which is a common problem with metal pipes.

This means they're healthier to use in your home! And who doesn't want a happy, healthy home?

Happy Plumbing!



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