Steel pipe in sprinkler systems has been used for over 100 years without the kinds of cautions and warnings that CPVC pipe carries. Today, some CPVC have abdicated compatibility testing, leaving it to third party testing agencies.
Any contractor or engineer who designs or installs fire protection systems must understand the implications of the most recent changes to manufacturer certification criteria.
Effective January 1, 2013, some CPVC manufacturers are no longer listing steel pipe in their compatibility certification programs. Previously, CPVC manufacturers were responsible for testing and certifying the compatibility of their product for use in fire protection systems.
Why risk fire safety…or the reputation of your business…or your customer’s peace of mind…when you can be 100 percent compliant with 100 percent steel?
Let’s face it: the perfect job for a contractor is to get on, get out and be comfortable knowing that the job is protected by steel with a proven track record of compatibility with all of the typical ancillary products used in a system. This allows the contractor a competitive edge in not being tied to specific products that have to be specially tested as compatible with plastic pipe as you do with CPVC.
Be certain, be finished and do it with steel.
I wrote the 2013 CPVC Issue Briefing, a free report has the information you need to understand the situation. You can access the full brief here: http://www.wheatland.com/fire-sprinkler-pipe/cpvc-compatibility .
I believe good fire protection should be simple: quality material and compatibility.
Read about Wheatland Tube’s position on fire protection and meeting required specifications. If you’re interested in learning even more, I will deliver a custom-tailored webinar for you and your team. You can contact me at: 312.275.1562.