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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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CPVC  |  Innovation  |  R&D

Behind the Scenes of FlowGuard Gold® CPVC Development: An Interview with R&D Manager Chris Zook

Innovation is one of the key drivers behind the success of FlowGuard Gold® Piping Systems. We talked to Chris Zook, Applications Manager for the CPVC Research and Development group within Lubrizol Advanced Materials, to get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the people and factors driving that innovation.

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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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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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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  |  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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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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