Switch from Copper to PEX Fast with SharkBite Fittings
If you are performing a plumbing remodel this summer, see how simple it is to transition your pipe from copper to PEX.
We depend on plumbing systems to deliver clean water from our sinks, showers, faucets, water heaters and toilets. Although residential plumbing is one of the most important systems in the home infrastructure, pipes are installed mainly behind the wall, making it difficult to tell if there is an issue that needs to be addressed until it’s too late.
It’s often said that summer is the most popular season for remodel and renovations. With warmer weather approaching, many people plan to dig in to household upkeep they didn’t get to during the winter. If you’re working on a remodel or renovation that requires removal, replacement or transition of pipe, read on to see how SharkBite can help make the job easier.
Before PEX, Copper Was Most Popular Pipe
Decades ago, copper was the most widely used pipe type for many plumbing applications. In fact, if you were a plumber until the year 2000, you may have used copper to replace hazardous galvanized pipe which is known to corrode. Although copper is still utilized in commercial applications, PEX has become a more popular option for residential new construction and repair, due to its flexibility, lighter weight and durability in extreme temperatures.
Transition from Copper to PEX with SharkBite Brass Push-to-Connect Couplings
The SharkBite Brass push-to-connect coupling is designed to aid in connecting two pieces of PEX, copper, CPVC, PE-RT and/or HDPE pipe in any combination. One of the main benefits of the SharkBite Brass push-to-connect Coupling is that no special tools, crimping, glue or solder are needed for a successful installation, making your pipe transition process that much simpler. Additionally, this fitting will not corrode copper, and an internal O-ring seal helps to make a watertight connection. This fitting can be installed in wet lines, behind-the-wall and underground, and is protected by a 25-year warranty.
If you are using the SharkBite Brass push-to-connect Coupling to switch from copper to PEX in a line, simply cut your copper pipe, mark the proper insertion depth and push the coupling completely onto the pipe. Repeat this process for the PEX end and your connection is complete.
To learn more about the features and benefits of SharkBite Brass push-to-connect coupling, including time savings, visit https://www.sharkbite.com/products/brass-push-core-fittings and find the right fitting for your project. Curious about transitioning other pipe types? Check out our How-To Video.
By Morgan Evans, RWC Brand Journalist
If you are working with PVC or Polybutylene Pipe and need a way to quickly transition to PEX, Copper, CPVC, PE-RT or HDPE pipe, we have you covered. See how SharkBite fittings can help you quickly transition from one pipe material to another.