Drying times for PVC and ABS cemented joints

Drying Times for Cemented Pressure Pipe Joints

Often, pipe engineers come across situations where a modification or repair needs to be made, but the plant can only be shut down for a short period. In such instances, we are often asked the question of how long after cementing the pipe and fitting together can the pressure be put back on. The following is a guide to drying times to reach certain pressure and should be used as an approximation. Ambient and process fluid temperatures will have a bearing on these times, which are based on a system with an ambient temperature of between 10 and 40 degrees C, and a process fluid of approximately 20 degrees C.

ABS Pipe
PVC Pipe
3/8 - 2 1/2"
16-75mm
30mins / bar pressure
1 hour / bar pressure
3" - 4"
90-125mm
1 hour / bar pressure
1 hour / bar pressure
6"
160mm
1 1/2 hours / bar pressure
1 1/2hours / bar pressure
8"
200-225mm
2hours / bar pressure
2hours / bar pressure
>8"
>225mm
48 hours minimum
30 hours minimum

For example (using the above table): if a 2" pipe is to operate at 2 bar, it needs 2 hours setting time (1 hour x 2 bar).

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