Handling of PVC pipes

STORAGE AND HANDLING OF PVC PIPES

Transport

  • Secured and restrain pipes during transport to ensure that no movement occurs. Use high-quality lashing gear only.
  • Truck and trailer beds must be free from any sharp objects or stones that could damage the pipes.
  • Ensure that there are no excessive loads on pipe sockets.
  • Place Larger diameter pipes at the bottom of the load.
  • Place pipes with higher pressure ratings or higher ring stiffness at the bottom of the load.
  • Each individual bundle, package and pallet to be tied securely.

Handling

  • Care must be taken when loading, unloading and handling the pipes.
  • Restrict pipes to fall from trucks or dropped, dragged or rolled on the ground.
  • Lifted pipes with suitable webbing slings, do not use chains or wire rope.
  • It may be necessary to protect forks on fork-lift trucks to prevent damage.
  • Remove nested pipes before storage.

On-site Storage

  • Store pipes on firm level ground without sharp objects.
  • Preferably, pipes of different diameters and ratings should be stored separately however if this is not possible store pipes with larger diameters and higher ratings at the bottom of the stack.
  • Maximum stack height – 2 meters.
  • Wedge Stacks to prevent movement
  • Ensure that there are no excessive loads on pipe sockets.
  • Do not store pipes and seal in the proximity of corrosive or dangerous materials, paints, oils, solvents, gasoline or other fuels.
  • Don’t store pipes and seals in the proximity of a heat source
  • Do not store pipes under direct sunlight for more than two months.
  • For longer storage periods use protective net (80% shade), tarpaulin or plastic sheet to cover pipes.
  • Ensure free movement of air between the cover and the pipes
  • Store seals away from direct sunlight in temperatures that do not exceed 40°C
  • The maximum shelf life of seals is 3 years.

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