MDPE Water Pipes
A relatively new material, MDPE water pipes are being used in plumbing more than ever before. The robustness of MDPE when used to transport high pressure mains water into properties is the reason why a significant number of existing lead and copper pipes are being replaced by this robust alternative across the modern world.
What is MDPE?
MDPE, or medium-density polyethylene, is a type of common plastic that has a uniquely specific density. It has a very high shock and drop resistance property, is less notch sensitive and is far more resistant to cracking than other plastics like HDPE. MDPE is a versatile material and is used in a number of other industries. It's application can be found in the manufacturing of gas pipes, carrier bags and screw closures.
It is vital to note that MDPE pipes are made to complement MDPE pipe fittings. Attempting to use MDPE pipes with fittings of a different material could result in complications and potentially, a costly renovation job.
There are many benefits to choosing MDPE over other piping materials. It has a high impact resistance body, which allows it to absorb thermal and mechanical weight. All fittings and pipes are also designed to be easy to connect to, saving time on site. This ease of installation is particularly convenient if you are a beginner searching for a comparatively fast fix.
Contemporary MDPE pipes have a larger diameter, amplifying the water flow into a home and making it more powerful. In both residential and commercial properties, higher water flows can help lessen your energy bills and reduce stress on appliances
MDPE pipes are available in the following specifications:
- MDPE 20mm (Outside Diameter – 20mm, Inside Diameter – 15.4mm)
- MDPE 25mm (Outside Diameter – 25mm, Inside Diameter - 20.4mm)
- MDPE 32mm (Outside Diameter – 32mm, Inside Diameter - 26mm)
- MDPE 50mm (Outside Diameter – 50mm, Inside Diameter – 40.8mm)
- MDPE 63mm (Outside Diameter – 63mm, Inside Diameter – 51.4mm)
The size and quantity of the fittings needed will depend on the chosen MDPE pipe specifications. These fittings include tees, pipe saddles, stopcocks, clamps, joiners, reducers, end caps and elbows, among others.
Many city councils are now choosing to replace old water pipes with MDPE, especially in significant, city-wide works. As well as satisfying local government's requirements for cheaper, more environmentally-friendly options, MDPE pipes are also recyclable, making them a strong choice for such local authority works.