Within any pipeline system, one of the major concerns for engineers is pipe blockages.
Slower water flow through the pipeline can create more potential blockages and failures in a project with many connections. The extremely smooth lining of PVC pipe - when compared to a copper, clay or concrete pipe - reduces water flow resistance and ensures that water reaches its intended destination with proper pressure.
PVC piping allows water to flow freely and maximises water pressure. The increase flow of PVC pipes also prevents build up in sewage and waste water systems. PVC Pipes offer up to an 11% increase in waste water flow over equivalent outside diameter PE drain, waste and vent Pipes.
The exceptionally smooth walls of PVC pipes make it extremely difficult for sediment to accumulate. Bacteria and other particles have virtually no chance to attach themselves to the inner walls – a major advantage as accumulations on the pipe walls can result in diminished life expectancy, costly maintenance and inconvenient repairs.
Water flowing in a pipe loses energy because of friction between the water, pipe walls and turbulence. Because of friction, pressure is lost whenever water passes through fittings such as tees, elbows, constrictions and values. Unlike other materials, PVC piping uses simple PVC connectors and adhesives. Metal piping requires welding and extensive metal connectors, all of which can serve to slow down the friction and water flow within the pipeline.