- Corrosion resistant
- The strength of solvent weld joints
- Superior chemical resistance
Solvent welding is a process by which a joint is made by chemically fusing together a pipe and a fitting. A solvent is applied to the surface of a PVC pipe spigot and the inside of a matching bell. In some cases a primer may be used to prepare the surfaces. The solvent dissolves some of the chemical bonds in the PVC material, effectively "melting" the material. Once the two surfaces are pushed together the material from the two surfaces begins to fuse together. As the joint cures the solvent evaporates and the joint becomes stronger, until it essentially becomes a continuous pipe.
Solvent welded joints are able to resist large tensile loads and will not pull apart. In fact, it can be shown that the pipe itself will fail before the joint will.
In the early 1980s, decision makers in charge of the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion infrastructures had a sense of vision and made a responsible choice for the lasting benefit of the tax payers. A vision that would ensure durable infrastructures for over 30 years. The technical services, in cooperation with the public works department, decided a major shift for products to be used in potable water distribution applications. Since then PVC has become ``The Material of Choice`` made by the City to meet the overall needs, taking into account the existing soil conditions throughout the territory.