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Bulkhead Fittings – ABS versus PVC


There are two kinds of bulkhead fittings; PVC and ABS. PVC is short for “Poly Vinyl Chloride” and ABS is short for “Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene”. Here are some of the differences;

  1. ABS plumbing is easier to install than PVC
  2. PVC is flexible; ABS is tough
  3. ABS has a higher impact strength than PVC
  4. ABS is cheaper than PVC
  5. PVC contains Bisphenol A (BPA) – ABS does not

In 2008, BPA made some news you may recall. Where the Food and Drug Administration had considered BPA safe before, but by 2010 it expressed concern about possible effects it may have on the health of children. See more here – Web MD.

Here at JT Enterprises, our bulkhead fittings are all ABS type and  contain zero BPA.




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