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Can PVC water pipe be used in a garage?
Thursday, January 27, 2022
PVC pipe is only approved for water service pipe, which is pipe from the water main to the structure. It is not approved for water distribution pipe within the structure. There is no distinction made between living space inside the home and a garage. Once the water pipe penetrates the wall or floor of a structure it becomes distribution pipe. Here’s how the difference between the two is defined in the International Plumbing Code (IPC) and the Florida Plumbing Code (FPC):
Water distribution pipe. A pipe within the structure or on the premises that conveys water from the water service pipe, or from the meter when the meter is at the structure, to the points of utilization.
Water service pipe. The pipe from the water main or other source of potable water supply, or from the meter when the meter is at the public right of way, to the water distribution system of the building served.
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Here’s links to some of our other articles about PVC AND CPVC PIPE:
• What is the average life expectancy of CPVC pipe?
• Can you connect CPVC pipe directly to a gas water heater?
• What is the average life expectancy of PVC pipe?
• Why is sunlight exposure bad for PVC pipe?
• Why can't PVC be used for water pipe inside a house?
• What is the difference between green and white sewer drain pipes?
• Are plastic pipes (PVC, CPVC, and PEX) safe for drinking water?
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