RHO-TECH has for many years now highlighted inherent risk associated with clients purchasing sub–standard pipe. We are finding that many customers lack the required product knowledge and market understanding to effectively identify any short comings in the possibly flawed pipe.
Due the ever changing economic climate we are finding that the clients aren’t aware that virgin raw material has increased in cost by over 20% for 2016 alone. In some cases Rho-Tech has identified that various customers are still buying pipe at pre-increase price levels suggesting that external recycled materials are possibly being used, this automatically makes the pipe non-SABS compliant nor SAPPMA approved. While thinking they are getting a bargain effectively enabling short term gain for a long-term problem.
Out-sourced recycled material is often contaminated with other plastics and fillers. This can create brittleness and can affect the pipes ability to handle pressure and in the case of the picture above, the pipe splits longitudinally at low pressure or way before the designed life of the HDPE pipe product