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PVC is used extensively in construction from roofing to wire insulation, flooring, wallcovering and sealants. With the addition of a plasticiser (US: plasticizer), PVC becomes flexible and an excellent material for tubing applications from garden hoses to medical tubing used in for example, catheters.
PVC tubing is lightweight and offers chemical and corrosion resistance and rubber-like flexibility. Its smooth interior and exterior prevents sediment accumulation and makes it impervious to bacterial action. Flexible PVC tubing is used on food and beverage, potable water lines, in pharmaceutical and medical applications, as well as tubing for chemicals, fuels, oils, as well as in protective coverings and insulation sleeving.