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4 Characteristics of HDPE Pipes

December 11, 2017

HDPE pipes, benefits to use HDPE pipes, pvc drilling

Before you can understand the benefits of a High-Density Polyethylene Pipe (HDPE), you need an understanding of what it is and how it differs from other piping on the market. HDPE is a thermoplastic pipe that isn’t really known compared to traditional options such as iron, PVC and concrete. Regardless, it has been used for over 50 years. The HDPE pipe is built using materials that have been melted down and reshaped, resulting in a durable, flexible and rugged piping material

HDPE pipes are used for carrying potable water, wastewater, hazardous waste, chemicals and compressed gases. It has long been a favored material in the oil, gas and mining industries and continues to increase in popularity. 

There are many benefits of using a high-density polyethylene pipe, in this article we present you with the top four!

1. Corrosion Resistance

Corrosion is one of the largest problems faced with metal piping and can be extremely costly to repair. Since HDPE pipes do not rust, rot or decompose, it is not as susceptible to corrosion and therefore significantly extends the pipe’s life. 

2. Efficient and Effective Joints

HDPE pipes are connected through heat-fusion welding. This is essentially heating the two pipe surfaces together, when they cool they have formed a permanent, monolithic system. Bells, spigots and mechanical joints aren’t needed, thus reducing the cost of the system. In addition, one study found that states report an average of 16% water loss due to leaking joints. Since HDPE pipes are joined using heat fusion, they are permanently leak-free!

3. Trenchless Installation

Traditional systems require a large ditch to be dug out in order to properly install the pipes. While HDPE pipes can be installed in this manner, they can also be installed using trenchless installation. This involves a horizontal direction machine digging a continuous hole into the ground, which the pipe is then pulled through. This method allows for much less land disruption, making it a popular choice near rivers, lakes and busy roads. 

4. Eco-Friendly

HDPE pipes have less of an environmental impact than other pipes. Some of the eco-friendly benefits include:

  • Less energy used to manufacture the pipes;
  • Lightweight and more cost effective to transport;
  • Heat fusion preventing any leakage;
  • Piping can be recycled into non-pressure pipe applications; and
  • Less ground disruption due to trenchless installations.

To learn more about HDPE pipes and why your business should consider switching, contact Plastech plus, one of the leading suppliers of drilling products. Contact Plastech Plus today to get started!

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