Why is a fusion joint better than a gasket joint?
A fusion joined pipeline may be thought of as a continuous pipeline without joints. On the other hand, gasket joints are a potential source of leakage and lost water in many water systems. Leaks may occur if the gasket is improperly installed, if dirt or grit sticks to the gasket, if the gasket is not properly lubricated, if negative pressure (vacuum) occurs in the pipeline, if ground movement or sub-trench consolidation occurs, if significant thermal change occurs and if gaskets are blown out due to surge pressures. Fused joints are far superior to gasket joints for leak prevention.