3 Tips on How to Finish Your Repipe Faster with SharkBite PEX & EvoPEX
One of the most important aspects of plumbing is helping your customers identify problems before they become serious issues. You must be able to thoroughly diagnose the condition of a variety of situations, in order to avoid expensive property damage caused by old, corroded, and hazardous pipe materials leaking or bursting.
When it is necessary to completely repipe a plumbing system, you have to work fast, be safe, and complete the job with as little disturbance to the homeowner and your customer’s home as possible. e. Here are a few scenarios that can help you determine if a repipe is needed, and advice on how to get it done quickly and efficiently.
Replace Polybutylene Pipe
Since 1995, polybutylene pipe has been labeled as not U.S. building code compliant and it’s notorious for leaking and bursting, which can lead to costly water damage. This pipe type was commonly used in homes built in the late 1970s until the early to mid-1990s and its life expectancy is only about 10 to 15 years. Polybutylene deteriorates from the inside out, making it difficult for the homeowner to assess the extent of the damage themselves. As a result, many homeowners wait until there’s an obvious leak before they decide to replace their plumbing. By that time, the damage is done and the customer is going to pay a high price.
Repipe with PEX...
There are multiple pipe material options for repiping, but we recommend PEX versus rigid pipe options. It's faster to install, flexible, and uses fewer fittings, which can help you finish the job on or before schedule. Another benefit is that PEX can be more easily installed in smaller spaces, and allows you to repipe with much less damage done to walls and ceilings, compared to rigid pipe. As a result, you’ll save time and money that would have been spent in structural repairs.
… and Connect with SharkBite EvoPEX™
Now that you’ve decided to use PEX for your repipe, it’s time to figure out the most efficient way to connect it. Crimping and expansion are popular options, but these can be time consuming and require tools. SharkBite EvoPEX is a push-to-connect system that doesn’t require special tools, glue, crimping or soldering, which makes working in tight spaces easier, minimizes material damage to your customer’s property and allows for faster installation. The speed of EvoPEX is due to a number of factors, including a green indicator that ensures proper fitting connection, no rings or tool calibration required, an easy push-to-connect installation process, and the capability to perform immediate pressure testing.
To learn more about the speed and ease of SharkBite PEX and EvoPEX as a system, visit new construction applications, and check out the testimonial below, where a plumbing contractor cut his time on a repipe job by 30 percent.
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