PVC Pipe & Duct
PVC Pipe for Power, Utilities & Communications Applications
PVC conduit is used for underground direct bury and directional drilling applications, as well as above ground projects. PVC pipe comes in several styles to meet the needs of various projects. Contact the helpful experts at Chapman Electric if you have questions or assistance in placing your PVC order.
Electrical PVC Pipes
Electrical PVC pipes are lines of solid tubing used to contain and protect electrical wiring or cables in power systems. Underground PVC conduit allows power lines to be buried, rather than above ground, saving on maintenance. Above ground electrical conduit is also available. UL listed Schedule 40 & 80 PVC are available. Chapman Electric Supply carries many standard electrical pipe types, accessories, ducts and couplings for a wide variety of applications.
Multi-Cell PVC Conduit
Also called a multi-cell raceway, this type of PVC Conduit consists of an outer shell with multiple innderducts. Often used for outdoor, direct bury, and concrete-encased applications. It can be pulled using traditional methods, or using high pressure jetting machines.
Rigid PVC Pipes
Rigid PVC Pipes are a good alternative for piping applications, given their corrosion resistance, smooth interior walls providing ease of flow and reduced sediment buildup with excellent pressure bearing capability. Rigid PVC conduit is used for horizontal directional drilling, and doesn’t have the ovaling and stretching associated with HDPE.
Contact Chapman Electric about their PVC pipe and other electrical pipes they sell.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does PVC mean?
PVC is the acronym for polyvinyl chloride, which is a widely used synthetic polymer that is relatively inexpensive to produce and easy to mold into pipes.
What are the Advantages of Polyvinyl Chloride?
- Widely produced, so it is readily available and inexpensive.
- High density and extremely hard and impact resistant.
- High tensile strength
- Strong chemical/alkali resistance
What are the Disadvantages of Polyvinyl Chloride?
- Poor heat stability, unless additives to stabilize the material at higher temperatures are typically added during production
- Will emit toxic fumes when melted and/or subject to a fire
What is Schedule 80 PVC pipe?
Wall thickness is what is commonly referred to as a pipe’s “schedule.” The thicker the pipe walls, the larger the schedule, for example, Schedule 80 has a greater wall thickness than Schedule 40. When looking at PVC Pipe Schedules, it is important to note that the outer diameter, or nominal size, does not change from Schedule to Schedule. Rather, the inner dimension of the pipe is smaller for higher Schedule pipes. For example, 3’’ Schedule 80 pipe has a smaller inner diameter than 3’’ Schedule 40 pipe. Schedule 80 PVC pipe is usually a dark grey color.
Common uses of Schedule 80 PVC pipe include high pressure water systems, commercial and industrial uses where there are harsh conditions, or for buried applications.
What is Schedule 40 PVC pipe?
Schedule 40 PVC pipe has a thinner pipe wall and larger inner diameter than Schedule 80 pipe. Therefore, it will have a lower pressure rating and less strength than Schedule 80 pipe. It is normally white in color.
Common uses for Schedule 40 PVC pipe include water systems, drainage and irrigation systems.