CPVC pipes and fittings can be found at
retail home product stores, usually in a
yellow or cream color, which is generally
marketed for use in residential construction for domestic water applications. Because these components are sold in retail
home product stores, they can be used by
a do-it-yourselfer with little or no training
or product experience.
Specialty plumbing and fire suppression supply companies also sell CPVC
pipes and fittings; however, those versions are often orange or gray in color.
When you observe yellow, cream, orange,
or gray colored pipes or fittings in a residence or a commercial building, there is a
strong likelihood they are made of CPVC.
Determine Subrogation Recovery Potential
Amajor concern related to pipes and fittings is the potential for damage when they fail and leak. Chlorinated polyvinyl chloride, commonly re- ferred to as “CPVC,” is a thermoplastic used to produce pipes and related fittings. CPVC applications include water supply pipes, water-based heat
transfer systems, and sprinkler systems and drain lines, in both commercial and residential buildings.
Since introducing the thermoplastic about 40 years ago, manufacturers
have marketed CPVC components
as less expensive (and easier) to install when compared to metal piping
products, such as black iron pipe and
copper. With the growing popularity
of CPVC and its adoption in building
construction on an international level,
the threat of damage from the failure
of pipes and fittings has increased. It is therefore beneficial for claims professionals, adjusters specifically, to learn the basic properties of CPVC and how it fails so as to identify
subrogation opportunities and recoveries involving these pipes and fittings.
CPVC is a product that
is located above ceilings,
behind walls, and below
floors. Therefore, failures
can translate to extremely
PvC: A Necessary Distinction
Property Damage Claims
From a building construction perspective, CPVC displays numerous favorable
traits compared to its metal competitors. It requires only simple hand tools
to cut, and basic solvent cement to make
joint connections (as opposed to requiring a torch or other special tools). Given
the fact that installation is less involved,
CPVC is also ideal in terms of minimizing labor costs and building interruptions
during the renovation process.