4/17/2018

If you’re an Indianapolis do-it-yourselfer and thinking about replacing your steel or copper plumbing pipes with PVC, the plumbing pipe and fitting specialists at Winthrop Supply say, “Wise choice!”

PVC plumbing pipes and fittings offer the following advantages:

  1. They’re lightweight. That makes them easier to tote and work with than pipes made of other materials. And that, in turn, can help reduce your chances of getting injured.
  2. They’re flexible, which means they can take pressure surges better than other pipes without fracturing. Their flexibility also makes them ideal for buried applications, as they can better withstand the stresses of soil movement and vibration.
  3. They’re made of a totally safe, non-toxic material. PVC, in use for more than half a century, has been researched and tested more than any other plastic in the world.
  4. They’re flame resistant. With a spontaneous ignition temperature of 450ºC, PVC does not ignite easily. That doesn’t mean it can’t ignite; just that it’s highly unlikely to do so in any typical home plumbing installation.
  5. Their joints are watertight. PVC pipe typically gives you the option of deep-insertion, push-together gasketed joints or solvent-cemented joints, either one of which has been shown consistently to outperform the joints of other types of pipe.
  6. Their walls are smooth and unrestricting. Flow rate and water pressure are excellent in PVC pipe, given that their smooth walls reduce fluid restriction. they also prevent slime buildup.
  7. They come in longer lengths. Result? You need fewer joints than you’d need with other pipes. The fewer joints you have, the faster and easier your pipes can be installed, the less fluid restriction you have – and the less prone your pipes are to leaking.
  8. Winthrop Supply is always ready, willing, and able to custom-cut PVC pipe – or pipe of any material, for that matter – to whatever length you require. We’ll pack it with all the right fittings, too, and ship it to you, direct.

And if it’s not PVC you’re after? Don’t worry! At Winthrop Supply, we stock the pipe and fittings most in demand by professional Indianapolis plumbing contractors and do-it-yourselfers alike. Besides top-quality Schedule 40 and Schedule 80 PVC, we also carry Black Steel Schedule 40 and Schedule 80, Galvanized Schedule 40, Copper, and Zurn Plex. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff of plumbing-industry pros will be more than happy to help you select the best pipes and fittings for your application. Give us a call or a visit today.