What are PVC Pipes?
PVC pipes, arguably one of the most universal and versatile types of plastic piping, have been in use for more than 80 years, serving a wide range of applications in a variety of market sectors all over the world. They are extremely sturdy and durable, with perfect corrosion resistance and little chance of succumbing to thermal expansion or contraction when compared to metal piping. These pipes are affordable and durable, and they come in a variety of diameters with a variety of fittings. Depending on the kind of PVC version, they may be used for both warm and cold water applications.
PVC is an abbreviation for Polyvinyl Chloride. Irrigation grade agricultural PVC pipes are used in irrigation systems throughout East Africa. We install irrigation grade agricultural PVC pipes of various diameters and thicknesses based on land size and water pressure. They account for a significant portion of our irrigation pipes for sale in Kenya, and each size has a standard length of 6 m. These irrigation pipes are compatible with drip irrigation systems, sprinkler irrigation systems, and rain hose kits.
What are the types of PVC pipes?
They are divided into four types: un-plasticized PVC (PVC-U), chlorinated PVC (C-PVC), molecularly orientated PVC (PVC-O), and modified PVC. Apart from sharing many of the same qualities, each variety of PVC offers its own set of benefits for various uses.
What the available sizes of PVC pipes?
They come in a variety of diameters, including 32 mm, 40 mm, 50 mm, 63 mm, 75 mm, 90 mm, and 110 mm. Other bigger sizes are made to order by our Kenyan producers. Larger pipes are utilized as mains in irrigation systems, while smaller pipes are used as sub-mains. The amount of water required per area determines the pipe size. Massive farms will employ large pipes, and tiny agricultural units will employ small pipes.
Uses and applications of PVC pipes
PVC pipes are extensively utilized in the construction of sewage, water, and irrigation systems. Are easy to install, lightweight, robust, durable, and easily recyclable, making them both cost-effective and environmentally friendly. Have a smooth surface that supports quicker water flow owing to reduced friction than piping constructed of other materials like cast iron or concrete. Come in a variety of lengths, wall thicknesses, and diameters to meet international sizing requirements including DIN 8061, ASTM D1785, and ASTM F441. The following are the uses and applications in a nutshell:
- Water pipes and plumbing.
- Waste Management and Control
- Management of Rainwater.
- Agriculture use
- Fire Sprinklers
- for use in industry
- Handling of Chemicals for Fittings
- Infrastructure and structural materials for buildings
- Cable insulation and coatings
What are the benefits of PVC pipes?
PVC pipes outperform previous materials in terms of environmental impact. Take less energy and resources to produce since it is a low carbon material. Because of their little weight, they require less energy to transport. Are easy to recycle and endure a long time with little maintenance. The following are the major benefits include:
- Resistance to corrosion.
- Resistance to chemicals.
- Reduces wastewater pipeline and blockages.
- Reduces installation time.
- The smooth bore enables for high water flow rates.
- Joints that don’t leak.
- Long life expectancy.
- Lower prices.
- PVC Pipes are the best option for pipe under pressure.
- Resistance to tree root intrusion.
What are the factors to consider when selecting PVC pipes?
Water pressure: The force with which water flows within. For example, a farmer using gravity water flow will utilize the lowest gauge, PN6. Another grower that uses a water pump will utilize stronger piping that can resist the pump’s pressure. The thicker the pipe, the higher the pressure from the water pump.
External exposure: While some growers choose to place pipes on the surface, the majority utilize them while buried beneath the ground. The former will employ thicker pipes that can survive mechanical damage and longer UV exposure. The latter will employ thinner PVC pipes since they are less prone to mechanical damage and are not subject to the sun’s damaging UV rays. HDPE pipes are ideal for surface installation.
What is the life span of PVC pipes?
Traditionally, PVC pipe has a lifespan of 25-40 years. PVC pipes, on the other hand, may be able to survive 70 years or more thanks to current technical developments.
Aqua Hub Kenya is a well-known PVC pipes supplier, dealer, and installer. We have offices in both Nairobi and Eldoret. We are a dependable source for all of your agricultural inputs and management practices. For more information, call 0790719020.