Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Central Vacuum PVC vs Regular PVC

Some of the concerns we've heard from people in the industry. The most common question asked regarding piping has been, "Can't I use PVC that I can get an Home Depot or something?". The answer is NO you can't.

Here's why:
Plumbing pipe does not meet the ASTM F2158-01 standard that was specifically written for pipe and fittings to be used in central vacuum systems. this standard, while not in force all over, is now being checked by inspectors in more and more areas. Since plumbing pipe does not meet this standard on several points, technically, a building inspector can reject an installation and order the pipe removed.

In a completed house, if they find a piece of pipe in a wall, they won't be able to tell if it is central vacuum tubing or plumbing pipe if everything has been done in the plumbing pipe.
Does the slower speed of air and dirt flowing through the plumbing pipe affect the performance of the central vacuum units? I don't have the answer but the 2" plumbing pipe is about 10% larger ID than vacuum pipe which translates to a 21% larger cross sectional area. This theoretically slows the speed through the pipe by 21%. Dirt moving at a slower speed may drop out and collect somewhere and plug up the piping system.

Is the smoothness (or lack of smoothness) of the plumbing pipe an issue? Are the inside joint areas between the plumbing pipe and the corresponding fitting smooth enough for dirt flow?
How are the transitions handled between the plumbing pipes to the outlets, canisters, etc.

It's important to use the right pipe and not skimp on a few bucks here and there. Do the right thing the first time around.

For purchasing central vacuum pipe you can either give us a call at 1-800-322-2965 or visit the installation materials page for everything you need to properly install your central vacuum.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Cash for Clunkers (for Central Vacs, of course)

Is your vacuum burnt out? Noisy? Smelly? Not working? Is it time to replace it? Just like the car industry has pretty much been successful with the "Cash for Clunkers" rebate program, we've decided to offer our own Cash for Clunkers program for central vacuums!

We have joined forces with 5 of the top U.S. selling central vacuum companies to have a giant rebate sale for one week only. The sale starts Saturday 8/22/2009 through Saturday 8/29/2009.

Get a $50 off instant-rebate for any participating company:
- DuoVac Central Vacuums
- DrainVac Central Vacuums
- PurVac Central Vacuums
- PowerStar Central Vacuums
- WalVac Central Vacuums

Any and all models from these companies is a special offer, available only through To qualify for this special, you need to call in at
800-322-2965 and place the order over the phone with any one of our trained staff members, and mention you want to cash in on the Cash for Clunkers deal. It's that simple! A deal this great doesn't come around too often, take advantage of it while it lasts! There's no catch, no gimmicks, just great savings.
Remember, this deal only lasts for one week only (or while supplies last).

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Top Dog of the Industry - Drainvac Central Vacuums

One of the largest central vacuum manufacturers - Drainvac - recently traveled from Canada to the Thinkvacuums store today. Martin Sévigny, Drainvac's Vice President and Director of Production, stopped by personally to talk about the latest and greatest coming from Drainvac, and to award Thinkvacuums as the Top Dealer of the Year for Sales and Customer Service. We feel honored to receive this prestigious award.
Out of all the internet dealers of vacuums and central vacuums, Drainvac chooses Thinkvacuums exclusively to carry their superior vacuums year after year. Our huge customer base and top-notch customer service continues to impress the head honchos at Drainvac.
What makes the Drainvac company so unique? Is it the impeccable construction of their vacuums? Is it their longevity? Every unit is designed to last 20 years and uses far less energy than almost any other central vacuum on the market.


Hot off the news press, Drainvac was chosen in conjunction with Thinkvacuums, out of every other central vacuum company, by TLC Television Network, to have a whole segment about central vacuums and how they work, how beneficial they are to people who suffer from asthma and allergies, and also will go over their Going Green features that highlight Drainvac's forward-thinking initiative to make their vacuums safer and friendlier to the environment. Keep an eye out on the TLC network for it! It's being produced now and will air in the first quarter of next year. We at Thinkvacuums were so shocked and feel very privileged to be a part of this television event. We thank Drainvac for picking us to have it filmed in our neck of the woods and they'll be there with us for the filming.

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