Storage and Handling

 

Receiving Pipe   

 As pipe is received, it must always be thoroughlyinspected, prior to unloading. The person receiving the
pipe must look for any transportation damage cause byover-tightened tie-down straps, improper  treatment, or ashift in the load.Pipe received in a closed trailer must be inspected as thetrailer is opened. Take extra time to ensure that the pipehas not been damaged by other materials having beenstacked on top of it, load shift, or rough handling.Visually examine the pipe ends for any cracks, splits,gouges, or other forms of damage. Additionally, the pipeshould be inspected for severe deformation which couldlater cause joining problems. The entire inside diameterof lager diameter pipe (4” and above) must be checked forany internal splits or cracks which could have been causedby loading or transit. The use of a flashlight may benecessary to perform this inspection.Any damages must be observed by all parties involved,including the driver, and should be clearly noted on thebill of lading and/or delivery ticket. A copy of thisdocument should be retained by the receiver. In addition,the manufacturer and carrier should be notified, within24 hours of any damages, shortages, or miss-shippedproducts.

 

Handling Pipe

The pipe should be handled with reasonable care.Because thermoplastic pipe is much lighter in weight thanmetal pipe, there is sometimes a tendency to throw itaround. This should be avoided.The pipe should never be dragged or pushed from a truckbed. Removing and handling pallets of pipe should bedone with a forklift. Loose pipe lengths require specialhandling to avoid damage. Precautions to follow whenunloading and handling loose pieces include not banginglengths together or dropping lengths, even from lowheights, on hard or uneven surface.In all cause, severe contact with any sharp objects (rocks,angle iron, forks on forklifts, etc.) should be avoided. Alsothe pipe should never be lifted or moved by inserting theforks of a forklift in to the pipe ends.Handling PVC pipe particularly diameter greater than 4-inch requires extra care as the added pipe weight cancause cracking from relatively minor impacts. Also plasticcause cracking from relatively minor impacts. Also plasticpipe becomes more brittle as the temperature decrease.The impact strength and flexibility of PVC and pipe arereduced. Therefore take extra care when handling skids orloose lengths when the temperature drops below 50°F.   

 

Storing Pipe

If possible, pipe should be stored inside. When this is notpossible, the pipe should be stored on level ground whichis dry and free from sharp objects. If different schedules ofpipe are stacked together, the pipe with the thickest wallsshould be on the bottom.If the pipe is pallets, the pallets should be sacked with thepallet boards touching, rather than pallet boards beingplaced on the pipe. This will prevent damage to or bowingof the pipe.If the pipe is stored in racks it should be continuouslysupported along its length. If this is not possible, thespacing of the supports should not exceed their feet (3”)The pipe should be protected from the sun and be in anarea with proper ventilation. This will lessen the effects ofultraviolet rays and help prevent heat buildup.