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PVC has a long and successful history as water and sewer pipe. It is:
Traditional PVC pipe is joined by push on mechanical joints (bell and spigot) that seal via an embedded elastomeric gasket. Installation error, certain soil conditions and poor design can result in mechanical joint leakage. Additionally, new money saving "trenchless" installation methods such as horizontal directional drilling (HDD), sliplining and pipe bursting have become standard installation techniques that cannot be used with traditional bell and spigot PVC pipe.
Trenchless installation practitioners have been reliant on another thermoplastic pipe - high density polyethylene (HDPE) due to the inability of bell and spigot PVC (and ductile iron) pipe to be used in these cost saving installation techniques.
Underground Solutions developed Fusible PVC® pipe with its patent-pending formulation and patented fusion process to have all the best characteristics of classic PVC, plus fusibility - for use in both trenchless and traditional "open-cut" projects.
Fusible C-900®, Fusible C-905® and FPVC® are NSF-61 certified. They have been extensively tested by UGSI, and by leading independent laboratories which have comprehensive experience in plastic pipe testing. Fusible C-900®, Fusible C-905® and FPVC® have successfully passed all relevant tests and exceed industry requirements in many cases.
Butt-fusion joints with Fusible C-900®, Fusible C-905® and Fusible PVC® are as strong as the pipe which allows the fused PVC to be pulled in tension in lengths of thousands of feet at a time. Advantages of Fusible PVC® are:
ServiceGuard® Composite Pipe is a multilayer piping product that combines the performance benefits of CPVC - a product with more than 50 years of successful utilization in the water, wastewater, and plumbing industries - with the strength and durability of metal. The pipe consists of an inner layer of CPVC with a core of welded aluminum and an outside layer of CPVC. ServiceGuard® water service line pipe is manufactured by The Lubrizol Corporation and is made with FlowGuard® Bendable Technology.
ServiceGuard® pipe's flexibility and ability to hold a radius make it ideal for both rehabilitation projects, such as those performed with the pipe splitting method, and direct bury projects in new housing developments. The robust multilayer structure of the pipe provides crush resistance, durability, and bendability. ServiceGuard® pipe uses standard AWWA C800 brass line fittings with compression, pack or grip connections. ServiceGuard® water service line pipe offers the ultimate pipe system for potable water service lines; handily exceeding the characteristics and life-cycle costs of incumbent materials such as copper and HDPE.