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ABS pipe and fittings are made from a thermoplastic resin called Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene (ABS for short).


  • Are easier and less expensive to install than metal piping
  • Feature superior flow due to smooth interior finish
  • Do not rot, rust, corrode or collect waste
  • Withstand earth loads and shipping (with proper handling)
  • Resist mechanical damage, even at low temperatures
  • Perform at an operational temperature up to 140°F (60°C)
  • Are lightweight (one person can load and unload)
  • Take less time to rough in than metal DWV materials
  • ABS pipe and fittings were originally developed in the early 1950s for use in oil fields and the chemical industry. In 1959, John F. Long, a prominent Arizona builder, used ABS pipe in an experimental residence. Twenty-five years later, an independent research firm dug up and analyzed a section of the drain pipe. The result: no evidence of rot, rust or corrosion. ASTM standard for ABS-DWV pipe and fittings was originally approved in 1967.

    For answers to specific questions, click on the relevant link below:

     Definition of ABS
     Definition of DWV
     Chemical Resistance
     Fire Resistance
    Where To Buy?
     Environmental Issues