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

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CPVC  |  PEX

The Impact of Plumbing Materials on Residential Flow Rates and Water Velocity

In a previous post we discussed the use of the term “or equal” in plumbing specifications and how that phrase is sometimes interpreted to equate PEX and CPVC even though significant differences exist between the two materials in the areas of durability, water quality and performance.

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CPVC  |  PEX

Plumbing Specifications: When “Or Equal” Isn’t Really Equal

Plumbing specifications often use “or equal” to give plumbers some flexibility in the materials they choose for a particular job. But this can create problems when the phrase is left open to interpretation and chosen materials don’t deliver the performance the specifier expects. The reality is that even among materials that are approved by code, there are differences in how the products perform. These differences may be superficial, such as how the systems are joined, but in some cases the differences can be meaningful enough to affect the performance of the installed system.

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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  |  PEX  |  re-piping

PEX Problems? Re-Pipe with FlowGuard Gold® CPVC

Few things are as frustrating for homeowners as persistent plumbing problems. Small leaks not only compromise the integrity of the pipes, they create water damage that can breed mold and lead to a total failure. Fix one problem and another pops up somewhere else.

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CPVC  |  PEX

The Influence of UV Light on Plastic Plumbing Systems

We often get asked about the influence of ultraviolet (UV) light on plastic plumbing systems. The answer to this question, like many others, depends on the type of plastic being used. Different types of plastics have different chemical compositions and those differences affect how they react to UV light exposure.

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Copper  |  Homebuilders  |  PEX

Home Building 2020: How Builders Can Take Advantage of the Changing Market

Housing starts and home prices have been rising steadily for a number of years; however, that may be changing. There are signs this growth may be plateauing, or even reversing, in some locations:

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Aged Piping  |  CPVC  |  Repairs

Servicing Old CPVC: Use the Right Tools to Avoid Common Concerns

Since 1959, more than 11 billion feet of CPVC piping have been installed throughout the United States. As CPVC piping has become more popular in new construction, service plumbers have been encountering older CPVC systems more and more. Whether you’re remodeling a bathroom or replacing a hot water tank, dealing with aged CPVC piping is no problem, if you keep these three keys in mind.

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Copper  |  Homebuilders  |  PEX  |  Water Chemistry  |  Water Quality

When Water Treatment Chemistry Changes, How Will Residential Piping Respond?

It’s natural to think of water as an inert, harmless liquid. But for the water running through municipal distribution systems, great care is taken, and extensive treatment is required to ensure clean, safe drinking water. The source water, whether it comes from a lake, river, reservoir or aquifer, inherently contains contaminants in the form of both dissolved solids and bacteria that requires treatment.  

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CPVC  |  Copper  |  Homebuilders  |  PEX  |  R&D

Why Paul Hasty and Sons Plumbing Chose FlowGuard Gold CPVC

Grove Harris is a vice president of Paul Hasty and Sons Plumbing, a residential and light commercial plumbing service in Brentwood, Tennessee. Grove has been in the business since 1992 and today manages a team of 30 plumbers. His company made the switch to FlowGuard Gold® CPVC in 2004 and continues to use FlowGuard Gold CPVC today. We spoke with him about why they made the change and what it has meant to his business.

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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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