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Fire Protection: CPVC Pipe

A network of piping whose purpose is to transport an extinguishing media (usually water), to a...
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Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (CPVC) is a thermoplastic pipe and fitting system made with CPVC...
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Benefit of Material to Systems Application

CPVC pipe has been specifically designed and listed/approved for use in sprinkler systems and offers advantages in initial cost and ease of installation over traditional steel sprinkler piping systems. It is lightweight, easy to cut, and requires no expensive tools for installation. CPVC pipe, with its smooth interior surface, offers increased hydraulic capabilities over steel, which often permits the pipe to be downsized. It does not rust, is resistant to rust scale and is easily repaired or modified. CPVC fire sprinkler pipe is listed for use in areas such as residential, office spaces, nursing homes, schools, and the like.  

System Application and Material Usage

CPVC fire sprinkler pipe is available in SDR 13.5 (Standard Dimension Ratio) wall thicknesses. SDR dimensions means that the pipe wall thickness is proportional to the outside diameter and that all sizes of pipe are rated for the same pressure. Fire protection systems commonly use CPVC pipe in sizes ¾ inch through 3 inch, and the pipe is rated for 175 psi at 150°F.  

CPVC pipe meets the dimensional and testing requirements of ASTM F 442. It is also NSF-PW listed for use in potable water making it useable in combined plumbing/fire sprinkler systems. CPVC pipe can be used in residential and light hazard occupancies according to NFPA 13, 13R, and 13D. The proper methods for its use are given by the applicable fire sprinkler standard, NFPA 13, 13R, 13D, the UL Listings or FM Approval, and the manufacturer’s installation instructions.

Care must be taken to prevent contact with incompatible products which may cause damage to CPVC. Information from each manufacturer must be consulted to determine the product’s limitations. One-step solvent cement is used to join pipe, fittings, and adapters. Adapters are available for connecting to threaded, flanged or grooved piping systems.

For additional information, reference http://www.ppfahome.org/, http://www.homefiresprinkler.org/, or http://www.sprinklernet.org/.

Manufacturers and Suppliers Participating in OPUS

ANVIL International

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Embassy Group LTD

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F.W. Webb Company

F.W. Webb Company is a multi-faceted distributor of plumbing and heating, HVAC and controls,......
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Ferguson

Ferguson specializes in providing PVF, Plumbing, HVAC and Related Specialty Products and......
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Grinnell Mechanical Products, A Tyco International Company

Grinnell Mechanical Products, a leading brand of Tyco International Company, manufactures a wide......
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J.O. Galloup Company

J.O. Galloup Company is a premier distributor of commercial and industrial piping products,......
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NIBCO INC.

NIBCO Inc. is a recognized industry leader of flow control solutions to the residential and......
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Victaulic

Victaulic is the world's leading manufacturer of mechanical pipe joining products. For over 80......
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Weldbend Corporation

Weldbend Corporation is a manufacturer of carbon steel welding fittings and forged steel......
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WinWholesale, Inc.

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Applicable Joining Methods

Solvent Weld

Solvent welding, also known as solvent cementing or solvent bonding, is the process of joining...
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