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What is the difference between PVC water pipe and PVC electrical conduit?
Monday, April 11, 2022
PVC (polyvinyl chloride) water pipe and conduit are not interchangeable. Here’s the four key differences between them:
1) PVC water pipe is designed to resist water pressure, so the pipe wall is thicker than PVC electrical conduit.
2) PVC water pipe is white and PVC electrical conduit is gray.
3) PVC water pipe is not rated for exposure to sunlight (UV-rays) and will become brittle and crack easily after long-term sun exposure. PVC electrical conduit is rated to withstand long-term exterior sun exposure.
4) Any product used in construction must be tested and approved by a nationally recognized rating agency, such as Underwriters Laboratories or IAPMO, for its use and to confirm that it meets current building code standards. Neither is rated for both plumbing and electrical use. So, although “ya know, it oughta be alright," a building inspector or home inspector will fail the installation if they are used incorrectly.
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