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FlowGuard Gold® CPVC

Discover why FlowGuard Gold Pipe and Fittings is the most well-established non-metallic piping product in the market.

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Homebuilders  |  PEX  |  Plastic Piping

Types of Plastic Piping: Choosing the Right Material

It can be easy to think that all types of plastic are the same, but the reality couldn’t be further from the truth, especially when it comes to plastic plumbing systems. There are thousands of different types of plastics, each with their own physical and chemical properties. When it comes to hot- and cold-water plumbing distribution systems, there are five different plastics which have been used, each with their own properties.

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Homebuilders  |  PEX  |  Water Quality

How Choosing the Right Piping Material Can Help Protect Your Homebuilder’s Brand

Risk of pipe failure and water quality issues are things that few builders can afford. Yet, many expose themselves to this vulnerability by delegating plumbing material selection to their plumbing contractors.   It’s important to trust your contractors, but not at the expense of your business.

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CPVC vs. PEX: Making the Switch

CPVC vs. PEX: Making the Switch

Discover why you should make the switch to FlowGuard Gold® CPVC

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CPVC  |  Homebuilders

What Class-Action Lawsuits Say About Residential Plumbing Material Quality

Class-action lawsuits are not uncommon in the residential plumbing industry; in fact, since 2001, there have been at least 22 class-action lawsuits involving plumbing pipes and fittings and at least 39 builders have been named as co-defendants in these class actions.

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Homebuilders  |  PEX  |  Water Quality

How Plumbing Materials Can Influence Water Quality

The first post in our Healthy Home series reviewed the difference in the biofilm growth potential of PEX and CPVC piping while the second outlined the dangers that can occur if chemicals such as pesticides permeate PEX piping.

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Homebuilders  |  PEX  |  Water Quality

Understanding the Risks of Chemical Permeation in Residential Water Systems

In the first post in our Healthy Home series, we reviewed the important issue of biofilm formation in residential piping and the difference in the biofilm growth potential of PEX and CPVC piping. For this post, we’ll examine another issue that can impact residential water quality: chemical permeation.

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Homebuilders  |  PEX  |  Water Quality

Building Healthy Homes Requires Paying Attention to Water Quality

Residential home builders have made significant progress in improving the air quality issues that can arise in today’s tightly built, energy efficient homes. Turning to materials with lower air quality impacts and increasing mechanical ventilation in accordance with ASHRAE IAQ standards has allowed builders to achieve both the efficiency and indoor air quality today’s health and energy conscious consumers are seeking. 

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Innovation  |  Multi-Family  |  PEX  |  Sustainability

Enhancing the Performance of Mini-Manifold Plumbing Systems

Mini-manifold plumbing systems have become a popular approach to reducing water and energy waste in multi-family and hotel construction. These mini-manifold systems, also known as remote manifold and submanifold systems, enable shorter branch lines from the hot water main or recirculating line and can result in faster hot-water delivery as well as contribute to points in both the NGBS and LEED environmental performance rating systems.

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FlowGuard Gold® CPVC  |  PEX

CPVC Can Handle the Pressure: A Comparison of CPVC vs. PEX

Domestic water plumbing systems are one of the highest liability systems in a home or building. Water damage from a failed plumbing can result in significant claims and in a domestic plumbing system, not only are you routing water throughout a building – those water pipes are held under constant pressure. 

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FlowGuard Gold® CPVC  |  Sustainability

Why FlowGuard Gold® CPVC is the Sustainable Choice

For builders and developers interested in developing sustainable homes and buildings, both design considerations and material selection can be important contributing factors. Unfortunately, some in the industry have adopted short-cuts, such as red-lists, to evaluating materials that can have the unintended consequence of making a building more harmful to the environment. 

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Compatibility

Verifying Chemical Compatibility with FlowGuard Gold® Plumbing Systems

If you’ve already seen our previous post on chemical incompatibility, you know that all materials can be subject to damage from incompatible chemicals – even high quality materials like FlowGuard Gold® CPVC. That’s why it’s important to consider chemical compatibility – how the pipes may react to materials and chemicals that touch them – during the project’s design and installation phase to ensure the piping system performs as intended for the life of the system.

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Compatibility

Chemical Compatibility and Plumbing Pipes: What You May Not Know

Not all piping materials are the same, but all piping materials can be vulnerable to adverse effects from incompatible materials. The specific chemistries involved in determining compatibility will vary based on what piping materials you use and what ancillary building products are used with them.

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Product Comparison

FlowGuard Gold® CPVC vs. Generic CPVC

Homeowners and contractors demand reliable, high-quality piping systems that deliver safe, clean drinking water over the long term. FlowGuard Gold® CPVC pipe and fittings have a reputation for quality and 60 years of proven performance to exceed homeowner and contractor expectations. 

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PEX

Plastics Pipe Institute Updates Technical Note on Use of PEX in Chlorinated Water

Potable water piping systems have a primary goal: to deliver safe and clean water to drink. Plumbing system materials, therefore, must meet specific performance criteria to ensure they are suitable for use in a potable water supply. Piping materials are tested for their temperature and pressure-bearing capabilities, and in the case of  polyolefin materials such as PEX, they are tested to determine their time to failure when exposed to chlorine.

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Installation

Earliest FlowGuard Gold® CPVC Installations Withstand the Test of Time

Beginning in 1957, the NAHB Reseach Institute launched its Research House program to develop new ideas, and performance specifications for new materials and equipment to improve the quality and/or reduce the cost of American home construction.

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Compatibility

How Chlorine Degradation Impacts New Home Performance

Plumbing system failures can be problematic and costly for a homeowner, builder or plumber. Unfortunately, many plumbing systems use components made from polyolefin materials which are known to degrade and fail when exposed to the chlorine-based disinfectants commonly found in municipal drinking water, especially at elevated temperatures and pressures.

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Creative Living for Life and Medina Creative Housing

The affiliated non-profit organizations Creative Living for Life and Medina Creative Housing actively create opportunities that promote the development and ongoing management of permanent, fully accessible, affordable housing and quality support services for persons with physical, intellectual and/ or developmental disabilities. Initially focused on individuals with disabilities in Medina County Ohio, these organizations are expanding their efforts to construct, own and manage personal, private apartment communities across northeast Ohio due to the growing, overwhelming demand of such housing for individuals with disabilities. Such individuals can realize true community integration with appropriate levels of support for health, safety and security.

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Compatibility  |  FlowGuard Gold® CPVC

Lubrizol CPVC Pipe Withstands the Harshest Conditions

Homebuilders and plumbers alike need to have confidence in the plumbing systems they specify and install in new homes. Where that confidence comes from, though, is critically important. With Lubrizol CPVC, that confidence is possible based on a 60-year proven track record – not only in hot and cold water distribution, but also in some of the harshest operating conditions possible.

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Product Comparison

The Role of Piping Systems in Fire Risk

Fire risk is an important factor when designing piping systems for homes. That’s why piping systems should always be part of the discussion when considering combustion safety, as different types of pipes respond to fire in different ways.

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FlowGuard Gold® CPVC

Employee Spotlight: Aaron Caldwell

Although Aaron Caldwell’s tenure as a market manager at Lubrizol only started in July 2018, he has years of practice in the Texas builder market he serves. With nearly a decade of experience working for Kohler, Caldwell has created trusted partnerships with single and multi-family builders across the state through years of collaboration in plumbing fixture selection.

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FlowGuard Gold® CPVC  |  Plumbing

The Fine Print: How Water Voids Many Plumbing Warranties

When a plumbing system fails, homeowners – and often builders and contractors – are left seeing dollar signs and wondering who is responsible for repair costs.

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FlowGuard Gold® CPVC

3 Ways to Maximize the Entry-Level-Buyer Opportunity

In a world of low-cost and quick-turn home building, home builders increasingly rely on retaining existing customers and building brand loyalty. While many builders opt for larger houses with wider margins, however, a strategy for building smaller homes that meet the demand of the market could be more profitable.

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FlowGuard Gold® CPVC

Employee Spotlight: Marty Musgrave

Education is a significant aspect of Marty Musgrave’s day-to-day duties — and with more than 40 years of experience in the plumbing industry, he’s well-suited for the job.  

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Homebuilders

How Builders Can Profit from Entry-Level Homes

In a world of low-cost and quick-turn home building, home builders increasingly rely on retaining existing customers and building brand loyalty. While many builders opt for larger houses with wider margins, however, a strategy for building smaller homes that meet the demand of the market could be more profitable.

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FlowGuard Gold® CPVC

Employee Spotlight: Rich Tabeling

Rich Tabeling has proudly served the Lubrizol community as territory manager, CPVC piping systems for two-and-a-half years, but he’s no newcomer to the plumbing, piping and fittings industry. His two decades of experience include roles of district, regional and national sales manager for a company that sells water distribution products such as hydrants, valves, fire protection accessories and tools. That knowledge serves him well at Lubrizol handling FlowGuard Gold® Plumbing Systems, Corzan® Piping Systems and Blazemaster® Fire Protection Systems.

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FlowGuard Gold® CPVC

Employee Spotlight: Damien Ruth

Damien Ruth, piping systems consultant for the Lubrizol team, has been representing the Texas and Louisiana markets for the

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Case Studies

Top 100 Home Builder Knows FlowGuard Gold® CPVC Ensures Consistent Performance

With success as a semi-custom home builder, Homes by WestBay expanded into the luxury home business with rapid growth. The Tampa Bay area builder has grown so much since its start in 2009 that they now rank as 2018's 100th largest homebuilder in the U.S. When starting out, the company built only nine homes – in 2018, they expect to build more than 540 homes.

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FlowGuard Gold® CPVC

Employee Spotlight: Paul Winstead

Over the past five years, Paul Winstead, southeast territory manager, has used his passion and thirty years of experience to make products using Lubrizol’s CPVC the best in the piping industry.

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Contractors  |  FlowGuard Gold® CPVC  |  Plumbing

How to Make the Switch to FlowGuard Gold Plumbing Systems: A Guide for Plumbers

Starting in 2005, a rise in material costs and changes in labor availability caused plumbers to make the switch from copper to plastic pipes. With a reliable history, FlowGuard Gold CPVC was there to meet the increased demand.

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Contractors  |  Water Quality

California Builders: Do Your Plumbing Systems Meet State Drinking Water Standards?

Research conducted by NSF International indicates that one-third of PEX plumbing piping samples tested per the NSF 61 drinking water standard exceed California drinking water standards for methyl-tert-butyl-ether (MTBE).

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Case Studies  |  Homebuilders

Single-Family Homebuilder Upholds Reputation for Reliability with FlowGuard Gold CPVC

Since its start in 1963, Cristo Homes, a third-generation business, has grown its footprint to build 80-100 homes per year. Building exclusively in southwest Ohio between Cincinnati and Dayton, their homes accommodate families of all backgrounds. With single-family homes ranging in price from $180,000 to $500,000, Cristo serves homebuyers who are looking for modest-sized homes as well as those who seek more luxurious spaces. 

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Case Studies  |  Homebuilders

IBS Prize Winner Essex Homes

What would you do with $15,000 worth of free material and labor for the installation of FlowGuard Gold pipes and fittings? For Vinnie Nanula, Manager of Operations for Essex Homes in Western New York, this opportunity became a reality.

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Growing Plumbing Business Depends on FlowGuard Gold for Competitive Advantage During Expansion

Since their founding in 2000, the Powerhouse Plumbing team has worked on thousands of single family homes and condos across New England. Powerhouse’s growth shows no signs of slowing down, as they foresee expansion to 500 units per year on the horizon.

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Installation

4 Keys to Success When Installing FlowGuard Gold CPVC

No plumbing system is perfect, but a key advantage when using FlowGuard Gold CPVC is that it is the only system that allows you to take control of your plumbing system risk. While other materials like PEX and copper can fail due to factors outside of your control – such as aggressive water conditions and chlorine-based disinfection – the risk factors for FlowGuard Gold CPVC are entirely controllable.

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Bay Area Plumbing Experts Find Valuable Partner in FlowGuard Gold

For W.L. Hickey Sons Inc., a job well done means their clients don’t see their work after it’s done.

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Installation

Top 10 FlowGuard Gold Installation Dos and Don'ts

With FlowGuard Gold CPVC, it’s easy to install piping systems that last. Use these 10 CPVC installation dos and don’ts to make sure that every installation is done right, preventing costly leaks and damage in the future.

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How to Install FlowGuard Gold CPVC

FlowGuard Gold CPVC’s one-step solvent welding process makes it easy to assemble a plumbing system. Solvent welding creates a permanent molecular bond between the pipe and the fitting, so that they function as a single unit.

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Understanding Expansion & Contraction in FlowGuard Gold CPVC

When installing a new piping system, it’s important to remember that changes in temperature will cause any material to expand or contract. This means at warmer temperatures, the pipe will increase in length, while at relatively cooler temperatures, the pipe will get shorter.

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FlowGuard Gold® CPVC

FlowGuard Gold® Pipe & Fittings Are Acceptable for Use in Plenums

The following manufacturers of FlowGuard Gold CPVC pipe and fittings are listed and labeled per ICC Evaluation Service Report PMG-1264 and as required by the International Mechanical Code and Uniform Mechanical Code:

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PEX  |  Product Comparison

It's Time to Make the Switch: Speed and Cost Benefits of Switching from PEX to FlowGuard Gold CPVC

Time is money and as the construction industry continues to get busier around the country, plumbers need to find ways to save both. Unfortunately, in recent years many contractors have been duped by deceptive advertising claims stating that PEX is faster and cheaper than CPVC. While the PEX manufacturers have benefitted from this false perception, plumbers across the country have left thousands of dollars on the table.

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Installation

Guest Post From Weld-On/IPS: Best Practices for Cold-Weather Pipe Installation

Freezing temperatures are rarely easy on any construction project, but sometimes the job must be done, regardless of the cold weather.

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Case Studies

Major Plumbing Contractor Trusts FlowGuard Gold CPVC in Thousands of New Homes

There are few residential construction markets that have been more active in recent years than the Washington, DC metropolitan area. For plumbing contractors in busy markets like this, it is critical to be able to provide fast, cost-effective installations using the highest quality products available.

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Compatibility  |  FlowGuard Gold® CPVC

Built to Last: FlowGuard Gold CPVC Resists Chlorine Degradation

All plumbing system materials are required to meet certain performance criteria to ensure that the materials are suitable for use in a potable water supply. These requirements include performance such as temperature and pressure bearing capability and, for some materials, a time to failure measurement when exposed to chlorine.

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FlowGuard Gold® CPVC

Breaking News: FlowGuard Gold and Corzan CPVC Now Approved by City of Chicago

On October 11, 2017, the City of Chicago announced a breakthrough 6-month pilot program to allow for the first time the use of FlowGuard Gold and Corzan CPVC plumbing systems within the city.

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Installation

Tech Talk: Effects of Heat and Humidity on Solvent Cement

Lubrizol CPVC met with Amrit Parhar, Principal Chemist at Oatey® to understand climate conditions and how it affects the use of solvent cement. Heat and humidity are two conditions that plumbers and contractors must be mindful of while working with solvent cement.

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FlowGuard Gold® CPVC

Know How Plumbing Materials Can Impact the Environment

When considering the systems that contribute to a “high performance” home, environmental performance and energy efficiency might come to mind. This can lead builders to focus on building systems most commonly associated with energy and the environment, such as insulation, appliances and HVAC, however plumbing systems can influence several critical components of home performance that are important to today’s home buyer. These impacts not only include environmental performance, but can extend further to cover water quality and human health issues.

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FlowGuard Gold® CPVC

LEED Credit Basics for FlowGuard Gold Projects

No one wants to build a wasteful, polluting building. Certainly, you don’t. As a builder, you take pride in choosing materials and methods that make the building the best it can be. In some cases, you might be building facilities that gain LEED certification. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a third-party verification service for sustainable buildings.

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PEX

Don't Let PEX Shortages Put You Out of Business

For the second time in two years, plumbers across the United States have been struck with a shortage of PEX plumbing system components – leaving contractors on back order or searching for alternate materials.

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FlowGuard Gold Pipe & Fittings Offer Luxury Home Builder a Consistent, Dependable Solution for Residential Plumbing

As a premier builder of custom, luxury residential homes in the Milwaukee area, Kings Way Homes seeks out the best building products and solutions offered to ensure a quality, customized home its customers will cherish for years to come.

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Plumbing

Plumbing Pipes: From Lead to PEX and Beyond

Water is essential to life and so it’s no surprise that the history of water distribution is closely tied to the history of human development. In the modern world, the development of indoor plumbing had a significant impact on how we live our lives, and the materials used in those plumbing systems are an important part of that story that we often overlook.

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Water Quality

High Levels of Copper in California Condos Sheds Light on Common Water Quality Issue

Recently, dangerously high levels of copper were found in several luxury condos built within the last decade, prompting city officials to take action and caution residents against drinking and cooking with tap water.

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FlowGuard Gold® CPVC

Atlanta Bridge Collapse: Could the materials that brought down a bridge be in your homes?

When the I-85 bridge in Atlanta, Georgia collapsed, there were many questions about what could have caused the fire to reach the point of bringing down a major interstate overpass. During the investigation, it became apparent that the area under the bridge was being used as storage for a common construction material – one that could be present in millions of American homes.

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Homebuilders  |  Plumbing

Frozen Pipes: What Builders & Plumbers Need to Know

 

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Case Studies

Following Leaks and Repairs, Washington Family Finds Peace of Mind With CPVC

In the summer of 2016, the Jackson family reached its wit’s end: Their home in Battle Ground, Wash., a little over 10 years old, experienced a third pipe leak in just a couple of years.

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Ensure the Integrity of Your Piping System Installation

Use a Complete FlowGuard Gold System Builders and contractors across America trust FlowGuard Gold to reliably deliver clean, safe drinking water. But on a recent tour of jobsites in Central Florida, we discovered that several installers were installing their FlowGuard Gold piping using non-FlowGuard Gold fittings.

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FlowGuard Gold® CPVC

Look at Non-Metallic Plumbing Systems during ASPE Webinar

The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) will be conducting a free webinar for its members on February 19, 2014. Titled “Comparing the Design Consideration of Non-Metallic Plumbing Systems,” the hour-long seminar will provide plumbing engineers and designers, building officials, plumbing contractors and building maintenance engineers with an in-depth, technical comparison of the various non-metallic plumbing system options available on the market today. Interested individuals can earn 0.1 Continuing Education Credits by attending the webinar.

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Case Studies

CPVC Contributes to a True “Quiet House" in the Boston Area

Mark O’Connor of Wellesley, Massachusetts was determined to differentiate himself in the market with new construction and remodeling work that met only the highest quality standards. That meant his homes had to be quiet. Starting with flooring, barrier insulation, doors, ventilation system and other standard tactics, O’Connor differentiated himself by developing quality quiet houses. In Dover Delaware, he set out to raise the bar with a $1.7 million project. That meant a hunt to reduce noise in less common areas of the home, including the plumbing system.

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NVHomes Upgrading to a Cost-Effective Plumbing System

The starter home market in Washington D.C., is highly competitive. NVHomes is in competition with many other regional builders going after the middle-income market of young-professional, first-time homebuyers. NVHomes wanted to find a more cost-effective plumbing system than copper to help stand out in the market. They saw an opportunity to switch out their copper plumbing systems with more efficient, faster-to-install plastic systems

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PEX

Specify CPVC Pipe For Hydronic Boiler Systems in the Northeast

Ted Carey, president and co-founder of C&C Service in Hillsdale, New Jersey had been installing copper systems in the New Jersey area for 27 years. Copper had long been the standard in New Jersey and the rest of the Northeast because the region’s heavy use of boiler systems. It was often thought only metal piping systems could handle the higher water temperature associated with boilers.

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Compatibility

FBC Compatible Mobile App

While FlowGuard Gold® CPVC is immune to corrosion, pitting and scaling, installers need to be sure they are using ancillary construction products that are compatible with FlowGuard Gold CPVC. To ease the burden associated with researching and selecting accompanying construction products, Lubrizol developed the FBC™ System Compatible Program.

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Installation

Tech Talk: Solvent Welding Best Practices with CPVC

The joining process utilized for all FlowGuard Gold® piping systems requires the proper techniques to ensure a durable and long-lasting system. Utilizing FlowGuard Gold® Pipe & Fittings brings durability and cost-effectiveness to any plumbing job, and a big part of these benefits is the solvent welding process used to join the pipes and fittings. Solvent welding offers a fast, simple and flexible installation process, but certain considerations need to be taken into account to ensure a proper, effective installation.

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Plumbing

FlowGuard Gold® CPVC, An Ideal Product for Plumbing Contractors

Alpine Plumbing has worked with FlowGuard Gold® Pipe & Fittings for over a decade, and has experienced efficiencies, cost savings and satisfied contractors and homeowners with the product.

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FlowGuard Gold® CPVC

Employee Spotlight: Ryan Chubon

Serving dual roles as territory manager and account manager, Ryan Chubon has helped Lubrizol CPVC achieve some big wins and has his eyes on the future. Over the eight years he’s worked for Lubrizol CPVC, Ryan Chubon has seen his role evolve in a way that has been congruent with his goals of growing the CPVC business—and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

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FlowGuard Gold® CPVC

Lubrizol CPVC Wins ASPE Industry Award

The American Society of Plumbing Engineers recently recognized The Lubrizol Corporation for Outstanding Service to the Advancement of Plumbing Engineering Technology.

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Case Studies

Project Profile: Kings Way Homes

Kings Way Homes doesn’t take shortcuts. As a premier builder of custom, luxury residential homes in the Milwaukee area, Kings Way seeks out the best building products and solutions offered to ensure a quality, customized home its customers will cherish for years to come. “The homes we’re building are often our customers’ dream homes,” says Christopher Moll, chief operating officer, Kings Way Homes. “When you’re building these homes, you’re promoting a lot of your building materials to the homeowner. They’ve done their research. They’re spending a lot of time and money, so they want all the details, and they want it to be just right.”

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