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How to find the best flexible conduit

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Over the past few weeks, employees have been told to work from the safety of their homes amid the coronavirus pandemic. For many of us, staying connected with colleagues has been easy enough so  far – thanks to email, instant chats, and Zoom. But there’s just one problem…

With the addition of more electrical devices, there’s bound to be more electricity running through wires and cables – and, as a result, these wires and cables need to be protected.

This is where electrical conduits can be of use. Not only will they protect your home against hazards, they can also enhance the aesthetics within a room – keeping things neat and tidy.

The good news is that we have an extensive range of flexible conduits to choose from, here at Flex-It, which can fit in various places around the home, and encase all manner of wires. In this article, we’re sharing our top tips on finding the best flexible conduit for you – starting with the different types available on the market today.

Types of flexible conduit

Electrical conduits are supplied in both rigid and flexible types, but the flexible kind comes out on top every time due to their versatility. At Flex-It, we supply conduits in a range of materials, including PVC and metallic.

PVC flexible conduit

PVC, or Polyvinyl Chloride, is one of the most popular types of non-metallic flexible conduit system for domestic use. It not only prevents water from seeping through the walls but makes for an economical choice – allowing you to protect your cables, whilst on a budget.

Metal flexible conduit

Though less popular than PVC, metallic conduits are also a great choice for flexible cable management – particularly in the basement or garage where there is a high risk of rats or mice nibbling their way through wires. The metallic flexible conduits we supply at Flex-It are made from stainless steel, a material that’s flexible, resistant to rust and corrosion, and renowned for its high-tensile strength.

Liquid-tight flexible conduit

Liquid-tight non-metallic flexible conduit (LNFC) has a smooth inner PVC bore. It’s feasible for use in wet, dry, and oily environments – offering excellent resistance to heat and flames.

Liquid-tight metallic flexible conduit (D-Series), on the other hand, is ideal for environments that are prone to moisture and demanding applications, such as lighting, communication, and fire alarm systems.

Things to look out for when finding flexible conduit systems

  • NEC regulations

NEC (National Electrical Code) set the rules and regulations regarding the length of electrical flexible conduit systems. As a general rule of thumb, we suggest that you always check the regional rules about using flexible conduits, in addition to the wiring plans, to ensure compliance.

  • Fire resistance

Electrical wires can get hot very quickly – especially when you’re using devices all day long. Flexible conduits protect and shield these wires against fire, so they need to be fire-resistant. For this reason, many people opt for stainless steel conduits over PVC – but, both are manufactured to exceptionally high standards.

Get in touch with the Flex-It team today!

If you’re unsure which flexible conduit to go for and would like some guidance, you’ve come to the right place. The team here at Flex-It is always on hand to help and will be more than happy to assist you in selecting the right cable management solution for your needs. Feel free to call us on 01530 812 195 or send an email to sales@flex-it.co.uk.

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