Storage and Handling

Rigid PVC and CPVC pipe and fittings can be stored indoors or outdoors.  If stored outdoors, pipe and fittings should be stored under a ventilated non-transparent cover.  Pipe should be stored with proper support to prevent sagging or bending.  Thermoplastic pipe is a durable, lightweight, and strong product that is easily handled, but the product should not be handled roughly or thrown.  This can cause damage to PVC/CPVC pipe and piping products.  Handling the product properly can also help to eliminate any possible safety hazards.

In the field, pipe should be stored on level ground.  To avoid damage, deformation, or compression of the pipe; ensure the ground is free of debris.  Pipe should be stacked appropriately, and stored in a ventilated area.  Improperly stored pipe can lead to stack instability, which can lead to personnel injury or pipe damage.  If pipe is being stored for long periods of time a pipe rack or storage system that provides continuous support along the length should be used.

Do not store PVC or CPVC piping products near heat-producing sources (such as steam lines, boilers, heat exhaust outlets, etc.) or in tightly enclosed areas.  Exposure to excessive temperatures (150°F for PVC and 210°F for CPVC) can result in distortion and discoloration of fittings and pipe.  Warm temperature handling techniques for PVC and CPVC may be unsatisfactory for cold temperature situations.  PVC and CPVC will have reduced impact resistance and flexural strength as temperatures approach 32°F (0°C) and lower.

Use caution to prevent compression, distortion or other damage when stored.  Use care when handling to avoid damage.  Do not drop or drag products or have other objects dropped on Westlake Pipe & Fittings PVC and CPVC products.