Families rely on their plumbing systems to deliver clean, safe drinking water. Unfortunately, we’ve seen cases like Flint, Michigan where decision makers have overlooked the impact that piping materials can have on water quality.
FlowGuard Gold® CPVC will not allow outside contaminants to enter your drinking water through the pipe without causing the pipe to fail
All plumbing products must meet various federal and state drinking water quality standards and FlowGuard Gold® CPVC is tested and approved per NSF/ANSI standard 61 to protect against water contamination. Not all plumbing materials can guarantee compliance with these Federal and State water standards under all conditions. For example, in soft water (pH below 6.5), copper piping may leach metallic contaminants above the recommended limit for safe drinking water.
FlowGuard Gold Plumbing Systems are routinely tested to the highest standards for water quality. It fully complies with NSF 61, NSF 14 and will not cause the water to fail other state-level drinking water regulations under typical water conditions.
Some common plumbing systems, such as PEX, are subject to chemical permeation, meaning that contaminants coming in contact with the outside of the pipe may be transmitted through the pipe wall leading to water contamination.
In fact, leading PEX manufacturers recommend against exposing their material to environments containing solvents, fuels, organic compounds, pesticides or other detrimental materials that may cause permeation. Unfortunately, there are no standard tests or published lists of materials that might be detrimental to PEX, leaving builders, plumbers and homeowners to guess.
FlowGuard Gold CPVC will not allow outside contaminants to enter your drinking water through the pipe. Any chemicals capable of penetrating FlowGuard Gold pipes and fittings at a molecular would cause the pipe to fail before allowing water contamination. Not only do FlowGuard Gold pipes and fittings have superior permeation resistance, but they are also backed by the FBC System Compatible program to assist manufacturers of ancillary products in determining their product’s chemical compatibility with FlowGuard Gold CPVC.
In order to ensure the highest water quality, builders, plumbers and homeowners should request technical documentation from product manufacturers demonstrating that permeation will not occur when PEX pipe comes into contact with any materials including, but not limited to, pesticides, fire stops, ink, tape, labels, seismic braces, thread sealants, caulks, foams, insulation, pipe hangers, fire-treated wood, and flexible wire and cable.