The Advantages of Polyethylene Pipes

Pipes are an unseen but essential part of many business operation and civic projects. When selecting piping a key consideration is the material itself. Pipes have evolved well past the traditional metal plumbing you think of or see in older homes. Materials such as polyethylene have resulted in stronger pipes and companies such as that specialize in the production of these types of pipes.

Polyethylene is a type of plastic that has a variety of industrial uses. A versatile material it is also highly effective in pipe production. It offers many advantages over traditional metal pipes which are detailed below.

The Advantages Of Polyethylene Pipes  

  • Pressure Resistant: several types of polyethylene have a greater amount of give than traditional metal pipes. This makes for pipes that are more flexible and can resist internal pressure changes without bursting or leaking. This flexibility also makes for pipes that don’t wear down as much over time because if pressure changes are common other less flexible materials slowly become stressed due to this and break down.
  • Long Lasting: depending on its use and application polyethylene pipes can last a very long time. On average with regular upkeep and an effective design, a polyethylene pipe system can last between 50 and 100 years before it needs to be replaced.
  • Flexibility In Installation Methods: polyethylene pipes can be used in several different types of pipe systems. For example, you can install a system that is entirely composed of polyethylene piping or use it as part of an existing pipe system. Polyethylene pipes can easily be attached to metal pipes through the use of joint adapters. Polyethylene pipes also support several different types of joints and heat fusion as well.
  • Fewer Leaks: the mechanical joints found in traditional metal pipes is complex and prone to leaks. With polyethylene pipes, there’s no need for a mechanical joint as the two pipes can be heat welded together into a single unit using fusion joints. This creates a uniform uninterrupted pipe that greatly reduces leaks. Fusion joints are a well-established approach and are commonly used in the gas industry.
  • Resistant To Rust: a common flaw in metal pipe systems is that it can rust over time and create an environmental hazard that reduces efficiency and can be costly to replace. As Polyethylene is a plastic it is resistant to rusting. This saves on costly repairs, upkeep, and pipe replacement. In addition to resisting corrosion, polyethylene pipes are also resistant to biological growths such as bacteria which can be highly hazardous.
  • Environmentally Friendly: polyethylene pipes also offer several advantages that are beneficial to the environment. These types of pipes require far less energy to make than metal pipes, don’t produce hazard materials during production, are lighter making them easier to transport and can be recycled. Polyethylene can be installed using less fitting and raw materials while also reducing the chance for leaks. Finally, polyethylene pipes can be installed using trenchless installation reducing environmental damage.       
  • Replace Failing Pipe Systems: when an older established pipe system starts to fail repair and replacement can be costly and time-consuming. Through the use of polyethylene pipes, these existing pipe systems can be repaired as needed and in time fully replaced. As polyethylene pipes can be installed using trenchless installation several different methods (such as slip lining) can be used for easier repairs.
Kate Sanders

Kate Sanders

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