A New Way of Thinking
Aquatherm piping systems offer many innovative technologies and advantages that can greatly improve the speed and ease of installation. Some of these advantages include:
- Fusion connections
- Fusion outlets
- Lightweight material
- Resilient, slightly flexible pipe and connections
- Reduced expansion and contraction
To fully utilize these advantages, a different mindset from metal or even other plastic systems is required.
A Craftsman's Pipe
As a company, Aquatherm takes pride in the systems they manufacture and expects the same from those installing it. No matter the quality of the material, the performance of a system will always depend on how carefully and professionally it is installed.
Aquatherm piping systems are designed to look neat and clean when installed, making it easier to expand the system or trace lines.
As with any piping system, the speed and accuracy of an Aquatherm installation is improved with careful planning. Where possible, pre-measure and pre-cut all lengths of pipe based on their intended part in the system. This will allow for a greater degree of prefabrication and a lower probability of error.
All fusion connections require a certain amount of space, as well as mobility, around each joint. When installing an Aquatherm piping system, it is important to be conscious of the workspace in which each fusion will be performed. A measure of planning and foresight can greatly improve the speed and ease of an installation.
A minimum of 7” of free space around the pipe is recommended for freehand socket fusions. A minimum of 24” of free space is recommended when working with the welding jig or the butt welding machine.
If a pipe must pass through an area that is difficult to access, Aquatherm recommends prefabricating all the connections that will be in that area. Once these connections are completed, the assembled pipe and fittings can be set into place and joined to the main system with fusions done in a more accessible location.
Aquatherm piping systems are light, strong, and somewhat flexible, making them ideal for prefabrication. When installing Aquatherm pipe, identify the more complicated assemblies such as drop 90s, flange adapters, branch lines, and headers, and assemble them in-shop or at a prefabrication station on the job site. Many installers will assemble whole mechanical rooms in-shop and move the entire assembly to the job site.