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    PVC flex pipe concerns

    It seems many PB's are using PVC flex pipe during construction of a new pool. Is there any concern for termites eating the flex PVC pipe ??? I have read a few articles which outlined this hazard and I'm not sure what real world experience is with pool owners ??? Thx
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    Re: PVC flex pipe concerns

    Interesting one. It's news to me.
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    Re: PVC flex pipe concerns

    Termite damage is quite rare and mostly confined to a few states in the South. Some kinds of flex are more susceptible to termites than other kinds. Flex PVC is resistant but not termite proof, while black poly is more susceptible, and spa hose is at high risk. Even rigid PVC pipe is slightly susceptible, though more resistant that flex PVC.
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    Re: PVC flex pipe concerns

    Thanks for the reply.
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    Re: PVC flex pipe concerns

    It seems to me that people in warmer climates tend to have more problems with flex PVC than those in cooler climates, but all I can really go on is my own experience with the stuff. Which to put it mildly is if I were to ever see it on anything I own in the future the first thing I would do is rip it out to save all the headaches later on, I am just glad I never had any significant amount of the stuff underground.
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    Re: PVC flex pipe concerns

    Only thing I use the flex on is right before the pump and right after the pump to take any vibration from the pump.

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    Re: PVC flex pipe concerns

    Oh boy, I think the PB is using flex around the perimeter of the pool.
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    Re: PVC flex pipe concerns

    I would have never guessed Termites would be a problem for PVC. Learn something new every day.
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