Terms of the Trade: What Is PVC?

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PVC is short for polyvinyl chloride and is the third most commonly produced plastic in the world. PVC pipe is used in residential and industrial water and sewer systems because of its low cost, chemical resistance and ease of jointing (as compared to metals like copper or iron). In fact, about half of the world’s PVC production is used for pipe manufacturing. Of course, if you’re a creative type, PVC pipe can be used for things other than plumbing systems—just Google image search “PVC pipe furniture.”