Buying Guide Flexible Vinyl Tubing Factors to consider when selecting vinyl tubing include length you need, diameter required, and the substance the tube will be transporting. SHOP ALL VINYL TUBING Related Products vinyl pipe & tubing Shop product sewer & drain Shop product See More Jump to Specific Section Characteristics Types Clear Flexible Vinyl Tubing Black Flexible Vinyl Tubing Performance Considerations Features Characteristics Withstands a variety of conditions Does not rust or corrode Electrically nonconductive Helps to prevent fires by providing natural resistance to combustion Odorless, tasteless and nontoxic Types Refer to the lists below for information about the two common types of flexible vinyl tubing: Clear Flexible Vinyl Tubing Function Low pressure applications with low volumes Use with chemicals, gases and liquids You can monitor flow and see clogs immediately Application Washing machines Dishwasher inlets Drain hoses Spas Bathtub jets Points to Consider Made from non-toxic PVC compounds Available in diameters from 1/8" to 2" Polyester braiding withstands higher pressures with resistance to corrosion and abrasion; available in 1/4" to 2" diameters Black Flexible Vinyl Tubing Function Supply and drainage lines Application Evaporative coolers Fish tanks Backyard ponds Water gardens Points to Consider Durable and resistant to clogs, ultraviolet light and ozone Inhibits algae growth Generally sold in 3/8" diameter rolls Blends in under water Performance Considerations Flexible vinyl tubing is easy to connect using a variety of barbs, clamps and fittings. Often comes in rolls of 25’ to 100’ Pay attention to pressure rating, maximum vacuum and minimum bend radius Pressure rating is usually a measure of how much pressure a tube can withstand at 75˚ F. Temperature range is particularly important for tubes supplying hot water Wall thickness can affect the inside diameter of a tube Features Color. Available in a wide variety of colors to blend in with the background. Antistatic. Prevents buildup of static electricity that might interfere with substances passing through. Flexibility. May contain pleats or corrugations that allow it to expand or contract. Explosion Protection. Certified by the Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) to withstand internal explosions when transporting volatile chemicals. Spark Resistance. Designed to withstand electrical discharges or sparks. Sterilization. Sterilized to safely transport drinking water or other substances that must not be contaminated.