There are many different options to use for plumbing systems in industrial, commercial, and residential construction. One of the most common types of pipe used in both residential and commercial construction is now CPVC. In the past, CPVC was more commonly associated with residential construction, but the benefits and durability of the material make it an ideal, lower-cost option even for large commercial types of systems.
Two Options to Consider
There are two basic types of CPVC pipe fittings and pipe. The type used most commonly in industrial or commercial projects is an IPS or Iron Pipe Size Schedule 80 CPVC pipe and fittings. It is light gray and can be up to 24 inches in diameter, or as small as a quarter of an inch.
In residential types of plumbing systems, the CTS or Copper Tube Size SDR 11 CPVC pipe and fittings are the most common application. This is typically one half to two inches in diameter and is a light brown in color.
One of the reasons that CPVC pipe fittings and pipe are used in these applications is the ease of creating a leakproof system. The pipe and fittings are connected using primers followed by a cement that is applied with a dauber, swab, or roller, depending on the pipe diameter.
It is important to carefully read the information on the solvent cement and follow the instructions. While there are some cements that do not require the use of a primer, most require this additional short step.
Always make sure to cut the end of the pipe to fit completely into the CPVC pipe fittings to fully insert and bottom out to touch the fitting. Use the correct amount of solvent cement and take the time to apply it evenly to both the pipe and the fitting. Avoid using too much solved cement, but also avoid too little that may not allow for a full seal of the joint.