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PVC Pipe Alternatives

Page - May 5, 2005
Sunlight, heat and impact damage are the main causes of early repair or replacement of PVC systems. Though all materials are affected by expansion and contraction, this occurs to a greater degree in PVC, which places a constant strain upon the joints and the fixings.

Furthermore, though progress has been made in combating aging and brittleness inherent in PVC pipes, the problem has not been completely solved and this aging exacerbates the wear caused by expansion and contraction, as does the hardening of the rubber seals used at the joints.

There are a range of traditional and new material alternatives to PVC in above/below ground and indoor/outdoor piping. Many alternatives offer the same or improved qualities over PVC and do not pose the same lifecycle hazards. The buyer must consider both pros and cons of various pipe products when purchasing alternatives. Building codes (both local and national) may contain specifications that require using one product over another. Please refer to building codes in your area for specifics. Other issues to consider when choosing pipes include: ease of installation (including additional supports or labor necessary to prepare the pipe substrate), weight, price, and durability. For example, while a PVC pipe drainage system may initially cost much less than a comparable vitrified clay pipe system, one must consider that the clay pipe system may last as much as 4-5 times longer than the PVC system. Additionally, one area of concern is joints and couplings. If a product must use cements and joint compounds one must consider the implied environmental and health risks associated with those products.

Suppliers - Pipe (Polyethylene)

Company Address Phone Fax Contact Comments
Advanced Drainage Systems Inc. 3300 Riverside Drive, Columbus OH 43221 614-854-0830 800-821-6710 800-733-9987 615-591-0847 Customer ServiceWeb Site Storm and Drainage, Leach Bed, Neoprene Gaskets, Tubing and Conduit. Fabricated Fittings, Water Tight Joints.
Hancor Inc 401 Olive Street, Findley OH 45840 419-422-6521 888-for-pipe 888-fax-pipe Bill AltermattWeb Site Industrial, Back Yard, Parking Lots to Shopping Centers. Watertight Seams, No Couplings.
Phillips Driscopipe Inc 2929 N. Central Expressway, Richardson TX 75083 972-783-2666 800-527-0662 072-783-2673 Wes LongWeb Site Industrial, Municipal Applications, Sewer, Reclaimed Water, Landfill, Gas, Distribution, Geothermal Applications. Butt/Heat Fused Joints .
Plexco Division 1050 IL RTE. 83 - Suite 200, Bensenville IL 630-350-3700 N/A Sewer. Industrial, Municipal. Seamless and Butt Fusion Joints.
CSR PolyPipe P.O. Box 390 - West Hwy 2, Gainseville TX 76240 940-665-1721 800-433-5632 940-668-8612 SalesWeb Site Water Mains. Fabricated Fittings.
KWH Pipe (Canada) ltd. 6507 Mississauga Road, Mississauga ONT Canada 905-858-0206 905-858-0208 Web Site Sewer, Water, Industrial, Marine Applications. Butt Fusion, Leak Proof heated and melted Joints.
Pyramid Industries Inc. 1422 Irwin Drive, Erie PA 16505 814-455-7587 814-454-8756 Web Site Conduit, Power Utilities, Pipe.
Prinsco Inc. PO Box 265, Prinsburg MN 56281 320-978-4116 800-992-1725 320-978-8602 Storm Drain, Gravity Fed Piping, Recycled Plastics.
Soleno S.P.D. Inc. 1160 Route 133. CP 147 Iberville, Quebec J2X 4J5 514-347-8315 800-363-1471 514-37-3372 Web Site Drainage and Culverts, Septic and Geotextile.
Charter Plastics, Inc 221 South Perry Street, Titusville PA 16354 814-827-9665 814-827-1614 Ken or Donnaweb Site Municipal, Irrigation, Force Sewer Main.
Co-Ex Pipe Co 714 Anna Street, Big Spring TX 79720 915-684-9985 9150263-8721 Steve Chemical, Municipal, Sewer and Industrial. Heat Fusion Joints.
Orangeburg Industries Inc. 400 Bohannon Avenue, Greeneville TN 37745 423-639-8241 800-438-5851 423-639-3722 Robert Garrison Municipal, Potable Water Supply. Utility Grade, Pipe Grade Resins and Heat Fused Joints.
Appalachian Piping Products Inc Route 76 Box 16, GlenVille WV 26351 304-462-5751 800-870-5751 304-462-5435 Web Site Drinking Water Pipe, Industrial. All Cold Water. Fusion Joints.
Big O Inc. 254 Thames Road, Exeter Ont Canada 519-235-0870 N/A Ken MacDonald Municipal, Irrigation, Force Sewer Main.

Suppliers - Pipe (Clay)

Company Address Phone Fax Contact Comments
Logan Clay Products Company PO 698, Logan OH 43138 740-385-2184 800-848-2141 740-385-9336 Dutch JungeWeb Site Sewer, Traps, Liners, Fittings, Channel Pipe, Gutters, Drains, Troughs. Corrosion Resistant and Compression Tight Joints.
Can-Clay Corporation PO Box 158 Cannelton IN 47520 812-547-3461 800-282-2529 812-547-6514 David Rausch Sewer, Traps, Liners, Fittings, Channel Pipe, Gutters Drains, Troughs.
Gladding Mc Bean PO Box 97, Lincoln CA 96648 916-645-9525 916-645-9538 Dan Cross Sewer, Traps, Liners, Fittings, Channel Pipe, Gutters Drains, Troughs.
Mission Clay Products PO Box 549, Corona CA 91718 909-277-4600 909-273-2708 Sales Sewer, Traps, Liners, Fittings, Channel Pipe, Gutters Drains, Troughs.
Building Products Company Po Box 18110, Phoenix AZ 85005 602-272-5576 602-269-7433 Mel Vertified Clay Pipe, Ductile Iron, 'C' Brand Cast Iron, Aluminum, Cast Iron. Sewer, Manholes, Drainage, Hub Pipes and Fittings.
Superior Clay Corporation PO Box 352, Uhrichsville, OH 44683 614-922-4122 614-922-6626 Clyde ErvinWeb Site Vertified Clay Pipe, Ductile Iron, 'C' Brand Cast Iron, Aluminum, Cast Iron. Sewer, Manholes, Drainage, Hub Pipes and Fittings.

Suppliers - Pipe (Concrete)

Company Address Phone Fax Contact Comments
Waukesha Concrete Products Inc. PO Box 26 - Waukesha, WI 53187 414-542-9335 414-542-8604 Sales Sewer, Culvert, Storm and Sanitary. Contractors, Private, Highway.
Spokane Concrete Products, Inc. N 2601 Dakota, Spokane WA 99207 509-487-2726 509-487-0741 Clay Prewitt Sewer, Culvert, Irrigation & Water Supply - Precast Underground Utilities, Catch Basin, Manholes. Government, Municipal, Contractor.
New England Concrete Pipe 69T Neck Road, Westfield MA 01085 413-562-3647 413-562-7010 Jim Lyons Reinforced Sewer, Water, Drainage. Storm Drain and Sanitary. Public and Private, Government, Contractors.
Shaw Group Incorporated Dept M - PO Box 40187, Baton Rouge LA 70835 800-747-3322 v 504-296-1188 Ken Horenza Reinforced Sewer, Water, Drainage. Storm Drain and Sanitary. Public and Private, Government, Contractors.
Continental Concrete Pipe PO Box 174, Blue Island IL 60406 708-388-4767 708-388-8994 Sales Storm Sewer. Contractor, Public and Private.

Suppliers - Pipe -(Ductile Iron and Stainless Steel)

Company Address Phone Fax Contact Comments
American Pipe and Supply 3300 5th Ave. PO Box 11474, Birmingham AL 35252 800-476-9460 205-252-9457 Marvin Industrial, Domestic, Residential, Municipal, and All Other.
Davidson Pipe Supply Inc. 5002 2nd Avenue - at 50th Street. Brooklyn, NY 11232 800-989-3919 718-439-8078 SalesWeb Site Culvert, Drainage, Sewer, Plumbing. Municipal, Export, Contractor, Government.
Southern ToolSteel, Inc. 2726 Kanasita Drive, Dept. T, PO Box 699 - Chattanooga, TN 37343 800-966-3666 423-870-7800 SalesWeb Site Municipal, Export, Contractor, Government.
Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Dept. T. Box 35430 - Charlotte, NC 28235 800-438-6091 888-577-3649 Sales Plumbing, Drainage, Waste.
Prescott, Everett Inc. 191 Central Street, PO Box 600 - Gardiner, ME 04345 800-357-2447 207-582-7747 web site Municipal, Government, Contractors. Sewer Water and Drainage.

Suppliers - Pipe (Copper, Aluminum, Brass)

Company Address Phone Fax Contact Comments
Eagle Alloys Corporation 117 West Park Court, Talbott TN 37877 423-586-8738 800-237-9012 423-586-7456 Residential, Industrial, Municipal, Commercial. Drainage, Sewer, Plumbing.
Farmer's Copper and Industrial Supply PO Box 2649, Galveston TX 77553 409-765-9003 800-231-9450 409-765-7115 Inside Sales Residential, Industrial, Municipal, Commercial. Drainage, Sewer, Plumbing.
European Metal Corporation 45 Knollwood Road, Elmsford NY 10523 800-394-5561 914-347-5511 Cliff Johnson Industrial, Commercial, Precision Tooling, Residential. Indoor Plumbing to Underground Parking Lot.

Suppliers - Pipe (ABS)

Company Address Phone Fax Contact Comments
Eagle Alloy Corporation 117 West Park Court 423-586-8738 800-237-9012 423-586-7456 SalesWeb Site Residential, Industrial, Municipal, Commercial. Drainage, Sewer, Plumbing.
Plastic Engineered Products 50 Tannery Road, Building 3, Branchburg NJ 08876 800-407-3726 908-534-5287 Residential, Industrial, Municipal, Commercial. Drainage, Sewer, Plumbing.
Pena-Plas Corporation Mid Valley Industrial Park, 1249 Mid Valley Drive, Jessup PA 18434 717-489-8554 717-489-8661 Web SiteSales Residential, Industrial, Municipal, Commercial. Drainage, Sewer, Plumbing.
Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Dept. T, P. O. Box 35430, Charlotte NC 28235 800-438-6091 888-577-3649 Sales Residential, Industrial, Municipal, Commercial. Drainage, Sewer, Plumbing.

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