Pipe clamps are best defined as simple fittings widely used in several installation settings as the support mechanism for suspended pipes. They can be utilized in various integrations – horizontal, vertical or adjacent. These channel support systems are most commonly found in plumbing, heating, drainage and electrical work.
Our recent poll on LinkedIn, ‘As plumbing and heating Engineers, what are the real benefits you look for before installing pipe clamps?’ was quite a hit and we did receive lots of responses. However, the most favored options were the following:
- Deal with pipe movement well
- All of the above!
Pipe movement is a major characteristic for which pipe clamps are considered. Some of the interruptions include thermal expansion and contraction of pipes, severe weather, vibrations and seismic activities.
Pipe clamps are preferred for load bearing to uphold the weight of the pipe and restrict any kind of movement primarily as a reliable, durable, and fuss-free mounting solution. Hence, there is a fallacy that using pipe supports to accommodate and control the movement is of utmost importance. However, there are other benefits as well that add to the overall quality and functioning of the installation which include the following:
- Aesthetic look of the installation
- Ease of installation
- High level of corrosion and heat resistance
It is extremely crucial that the correct pipe clamp is used to ensure the integrity of the installation. Pipe fixing failure can cause substantial and costly damage to a building or structure, so it is best to get it right the first time!