Plastic pipes, joints and fittings and rubber seals in water distribution and installation - Testing, certification

Kiwa Expert Centre Polymers is your partner for independent testing, certification and quality related services regarding plastics in pipes and fittings for water distribution and installation.
Plastic pipe materials have already been proven to be safe and reliable in water distribution systems for many decades. For plastic water pipes and fittings, PE (polyethylene) is worldwide the most well known material. Furthermore PVC is also being successfully used for water distribution pipes and mechanical fittings since a long time.

Also in water (indoor) installations, plastic pipe materials have been functioning safely and reliably for many decades. For indoor water pipes various materials are used such as PE-X, PB,PP-R,PE-RT and PVC-C. Nowadays metal and plastic multilayer pipes with barrier properties are widely used having the properties required for drinking water, underfloor heating and radiator heating in one pipe. For the fittings, materials like brass are more and more replaced by common or engineering plastics such as PVDF and PPSU.

The Kiwa Expert Centre Polymers is active in securing the quality, safety and reliability of these traditional materials and new piping systems since the introduction of these materials.

The services and solutions that the Kiwa Expert Centre Polymers offer regarding plastic water distribution piping systems and plastic water installation piping systems are:

  • Certification of plastic pipes and fittings
  • Product inspections
  • Physical & mechanical testing plastic materials and products
  • Chemical resistance testing of plastics
  • Testing of pipe joints
  • Service life investigations and residual lifetime assessments
  • Technical Consultancy
  • Trouble shooting
  • Damage/failure analyses
  • Independent arbitrations
  • Market research
  • Support in product development
  • Training & seminars
  • Development of test methods

Useful information

Rubber sealing products

Who is this for?

Pipe and Fitting Manufacturers, Contractors, Network Companies, and all other parties who seek answers to their enquiries regarding plastic water piping systems.

When is this needed?

In all occasions where polymeric expertise and testing is needed. 

What to do next

Please contact us for further information.

Leaflet Pipe Testing ISO 9080