Clear PVC pipe and fittings offer a versatile, cost-effective alternative for many plumbing applications, especially those where visual monitoring is critical. Clear pipes and fittings have excellent corrosion resistance; smooth inner wall for unobstructed flow and reduced deposit buildup; contamination-free for purity applications; fast, reliable solvent weld connections; good pressure capability; and easy handling and installation.
What are the uses of clear PVC pipes and fittings? You can find clear plastic piping systems primarily for applications requiring visual monitoring or absolute cleanliness. Transparent piping allows users in laboratories, food processing plants and other processing applications to closely monitor what is happening inside the piping. In addition to institutional and industrial uses, clear pvc pipes and fittings are also increasingly popular with consumers for special projects. These may include industries such as semiconductors, biomedicine, liquid crystal panels, solar energy, and environmental protection equipment.
The medical uses of clear plastic tubes are almost limitless. From pharmaceutical manufacturing to patient care, clear plastic pipes and tubes abound. PVC is ideal for medical use because it is durable and easy to clean. In environments where everything must be spotless and sterile, clear plastic tubing is a useful material.
The most reliable source for high quality clear pvc pipe and fittings is a trusted industrial supply distributor. These companies have close relationships with manufacturers and will usually give you the best advice. You can risk it at smaller dealers with better prices, but the clear plastic tubes can be of poor quality. For example, many PVCs that are advertised as "clear" do have a deep blue tint, making it nearly impossible to see the visual effect inside the pipe. Do your research and ask about colors before buying. All clear PVC will have a slight blue tint, so be aware of that.
Other than that, clear pvc pipe and fittings are sold in much the same way as standard clear plastic pipes and fittings. You may find fewer options for accessory sizes. If you're nervous about a part, don't worry, the clear plastic tube is also compatible with standard white and grey PVC. It is available in Schedule 40 and 80, but is most often sold in Schedule 40 thickness. Like most PVC, clear pipes and fittings have a maximum operating temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit. It has nearly the same specifications as standard PVC and can be used in most applications where standard PVC is used.