Lifespan of UV PVC piping

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  1. DragonReef

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    Guy's what's the lifespan of UV PVC piping ?

    Reason I ask is that my plumbing runs along an outside wall to my sump and is exposed to the elements.
    Although it doesn't get a lot of direct sunlight, this African sun of ours is harsh and even UV protected items have a shelf life.

    Prevention is better than cure as the saying goes, what should I use to paint the exposed piping with ?
     
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  3. KevinW

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    What about encasing it in some sort of insulation? Will protect it from UV and also help with temperature control in these vicious winters we have here in Durbs!
     
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    large trunking should do the the trick and cover up the pipe work.the aircondioning guys used it on my aircon pipes
     
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    the same stuff they wrap on wiring looms in cars heat resistant cold resistant oil and water resistant and it looks cool!!
     
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    it will work but might look a bit untidy.what you think?
     
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    Sorry DR - your question is not getting answered! I would expect a lifespan of a few years (probably at most 3 to 4 years) before the pipe becomes brittle.
     
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    I'm with Kevin on this one, insulate it, that stuff they use on external aircon pipes looks pretty cool.
     
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    depends on what class pipe you used anthony..........class 9 i reccon should last up to 10 years as you do not have any pressure running through.........
    i reccon it would only cause a problem if it got knocked or something....
    we have done installations on bottling plants and 6 years later, the pipe is discoloured quite a bit but still strong
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    whats the lifespan on the irrigation type PVC pipes?well mines is indoors
     
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    Hi Marco - it is that brittleness that worries me. I found that the pipes I used for my pond were very brittle after four years and all it took to crack them was a light knock.
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    is this the irrigatiom piping kevin?
     
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    I used that blue UPVC pipe that I usually use for my tank plumbing. Had a fair amount of pressure running through it (swimming pool pump against a head of about 2m). Most of it was buried but there was a section that was exposed and it split when I dropped a potting fork against that exposed section.
     
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    MMmm that's what I'm worried about.

    Where can you get that aircon insulation from ? It's that black rubber stuff right ?
     
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    no the stuff is actually white trunking,think its plastic.will try n get the guys number who can probably organise some for you
     
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    Cool thanks.
     
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    oh yes and he can also organise eggcrate as he does ducting aswell
     
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    one of alans friends owns a aircon place in gale street.......i have bought plenty insulation from them........ask alan the name......i hink its tesca or something like that
     
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