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Condensate Drain: PVC Pipe

Condensate is the water that forms on the exterior of a cooling coil and drips down to be...
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Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) piping is the most widely used plastic piping material. It is available...
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Benefit of Material to Systems Application

There is more footage of PVC piping used in the world today than any other piping material mainly due to its durability, safety and ease of installation, cost-effectiveness and environmental soundness. For these reasons, PVC condensate drain piping is an approved material in many residential, commercial and industrial air conditioning systems. 

PVC piping has been in use for over 70 years. In North American and Europe there have been several Life Cycle Analysis studies done that have shown that PVC piping compared to other piping materials have a much lighter impact on the environment.

PVC piping systems are recognized as acceptable for use in condensate drain systems in all major model plumbing codes.

System Application and Material Usage

For condensate drain applications solid walled pipe either Schedule 40 or constant pressure rated [(Standard Dimensional Ration (SDR)] is used. Solvent cementing is the most commonly used method of joining these piping systems.

Pipe diameters are available from ¾” to 12” and larger and in 10 or 20 foot lengths. Pipe ends are either plain end or belled. If the piping is used in outdoor environments, it is advisable to protect the pipe from the sun’s rays with an approved shield. The most commonly used protection is a coat of water-based latex paint. For most condensate drain applications solvent cementing is used almost exclusively. Cemented joints are easy and safe to make requiring no expensive or fancy tools. The joint if made properly is stronger than the pipe or fitting.

To ensure a leak-free system, completely follow the manufacturer’s joining and installation instructions. In testing any PVC piping systems, test hydrostatically—DO NOT TEST WITH AIR.

Other alternate condensate drain piping materials are ABS, CPVC, PEX, steel, cast iron and copper. If conditions of service allow the usage of PVC piping material, it likely would be the most cost-effective of any piping material. For more information visit the PPFA Website.

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Ferguson

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Galloup Company

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Hajoca Corporation

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MORSCO

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Victaulic

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