Terms of the Trade: What Is CPVC Pipe? Terms of the Trade: What Is CPVC Pipe?
We've already discussed ABS pipe and PVC pipe, but what about CPVC pipe? CPVC (chlorinated polyvinyl chloride) is similar to PVC in that they are both made of the same elements, but the presence of chlorine in CPVC allows it to withstand higher temperatures than its cousin. In fact, it can handle temperatures up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, making it suitable for hot water applications. Because of its high tolerance levels, CPVC is also widely used in commercial and industrial applications, and in places where metal pipe is subject to corrosion.