All materials will change as they age and should be handled differently as time goes on, FlowGuard Gold® CPVC is no different. As FlowGuard Gold pipes and fittings age, the pipe may discolor or turn brown but does not affect how the piping system functions or pressure bearing capabilities.
These changes will not affect the life expectancy of the system under normal use conditions and these systems can remain in service if they are handled properly. With pipe that shows some browning, there is nothing damaged or wrong with the pipe, it should just be handled carefully when cutting into it. A clean, square cut with a c-style tubing cutter, a wheel cutter or a fine-tooth saw should be made for the best repair possible.
If a repair is needed, do not use a ratchet or scissors style cutter, it’s important to use a c-style tubing cutter, a wheel cutter or a fine-toothed saw to cut and then deburr it after the cut. There will be water in the pipe but it is important to get the system as dry as possible. Once it is as dry as possible, cut the pipe with the appropriate tool, then check again that the joint is dry before beginning the solvent cement application. The joint may take longer to cure than would be required for a new system. Follow the solvent cement manufacturer’s recommendation for cure times.
It is important to follow the directions of the solvent cement manufacturer for proper installation. To properly install a new system or make a repair, each installer should be vigilant to solvent cement each joint as they are installed. Errors can occur when the system is not installed joint by joint. There should be a bead of yellow solvent cement on each joint, and the day’s work should be reviewed after each shift for the best possible installation.
Using FlowGuard Gold’s pipe and fittings solvent weld system creates a strong, solid system by taking the two pieces of pipe and creating one solid piece of pipe.