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Well Pipe(Polyethylene)



Polyethylene, or better known as well pipe, is a very common style of water service pipe. It can be used with city water, but is most commonly used on well systems, which is where it gets its second name.

On most newer well systems, well pipe is used from the well pump, right up to the water tank. It is easy to work with, although not as pleasing to the eye as some other styles of pipe, and provides years of reliable service.

Well pipe uses fittings that insert into the pipe, and have a few ridges(known as barbs) on the inserted part. The fittings will generally not simply push into the pipe. The pipe requires heating in order to make it softer and more workable. If the heat is just right, the fitting will push easily into the pipe. If it's too cold, some gentle tapping with a hammer may be required. If it's too hot, the pipe could bend or fold up, ruining it. Finding the balance is key to working with well pipe.

Once the fitting is inserted into the pipe all the way, it is secured with a stainless steel clamp(two are in the picture, lower right). Sometimes two clamps are necessary, as these fitting are occasionally prone to slight leaks/drips.

Free Online Plumber does not warrant any of the information on this page, in regards to the accuracy or effectiveness of these procedures or this information. Always check and follow all applicable local plumbing codes.
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