Making Emergency Pipe Repairs with SharkBite Slip Fittings
When plumbing emergencies occur, pros must act quickly and ensure that the repair is done efficiently so they can mitigate water damage for the homeowner. SharkBite’s CPVC and copper slip couplings, PVC slip couplings, adapters, tees and valves offer a simple and effective way to repair a burst pipe or pinhole leak without special tools, soldering or crimping.
Traditionally, fixing a burst pipe would require the use of two fittings and an added section of pipe. The innovative design of SharkBite brass push-to-connect slip fittings can be used to repair up to two inches of pipe by simply sliding on the fitting to make the connection. SharkBite fittings can also be installed in wet lines, which allows for faster repairs.
How to Repair a Pipe Leak With a SharkBite Slip Coupling
- Identify if the pipe that needs to be repaired is CPVC or copper.
- Locate the damage and remove up to two inches of pipe, making a straight and clean cut.
- For CPVC, check the pipe for scratches or debris that could interfere with the proper installation of the fitting. For copper, get rid of any sharp edges or burrs. The SharkBite deburr & gauge tool can quickly and effectively remove burrs from the ends of pipe.
- Mark the insertion depth on both ends of the pipe using an appropriate depth marker or ruler.
- Inspect the fittings for any damage, blockages, loose particles or debris to ensure proper installation.
- With a twisting motion, push the slip end of the fitting onto the pipe as far as it will go.
- Use disconnect clip or tongs, press the release collar on the slip end and slide the fitting to the insertion depth mark over the connecting pipe.
- Be sure not to slide the fitting past the mark.
- Lastly, turn the water back on to check the connection.
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