Looking to replace a valve in your plumbing system but don’t want the hassle of dealing with screws and tools? Sharkbite valves may be just what you’re looking for! These valves use push-fit technology to make installation a breeze, no special tools or skills required. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the steps to install a sharkbite valve. Let’s get started!
How To Install A Sharkbite Valve
- Measure the length of the pipe.
- Cut a piece of pipe to that measurement, leaving about 2 inches extra on both ends.
- Place the sharkbite valve on one end of the pipe and screw it on by hand until it’s tight and secure.
- Using a hacksaw or other cutting tool, cut off any excess material from the end of the pipe (the sharkbite valve should be flush with the end of the pipe).
- Repeat steps 1-4 for any additional pipes you need to install in your system (keep in mind that each additional pipe will require an additional sharkbite valve).
- Once all of your pipes are installed, attach them together using compression fittings and Teflon tape (this is important! If you don’t use Teflon tape, your connections will leak).
How do you install a SharkBite valve on copper?
SharkBite valves are one of the easiest ways to install a new valve on copper pipes. Simply cut the pipe to the desired length, then slip the SharkBite onto the end of the pipe. Push the valve onto the pipe until it is tight against the wall, then use the included tool to tighten the clamp until it is snug.
That’s it! In just a few minutes, you can have a new valve installed without any soldering or plumbing experience required. Plus, SharkBite valves are backed by a lifetime warranty, so you can be confident that your repair will last.
How do you install a SharkBite water shut off valve?
Most SharkBite fittings can be inserted anywhere from 1/4 inch to 1 inch from the end of the pipe. This gives you a lot of flexibility when it comes to installation. However, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, the closer you get to the end of the pipe, the more support you’ll need to prevent the fitting from being pushed out.
Second, the further you insert the fitting, the less water pressure you’ll have. So if you’re installing a SharkBite fitting for a high-pressure application, you’ll want to insert it closer to the middle of the pipe. Finally, keep in mind that not all SharkBite fittings can be inserted that far. Some, like elbow fittings, have a maximum insertion depth of 1/2 inch. So be sure to check the instructions before you start your project.
Why do SharkBite fittings fail?
As anyone who’s ever dealt with a plumbing issue knows, even a small leak can cause a big problem. That’s why many homeowners opt for SharkBite fittings, which are designed to create a watertight seal with just a simple push. However, despite their convenience, SharkBite fittings are not without their problems.
One common issue is that the O-ring that creates the seal can fail over time, allowing water to leak through. Another potential issue is that the fitting can become disconnected from the pipe, resulting in a sudden loss of water pressure. While SharkBite fittings are often the easiest option for do-it-yourself plumbing repairs, it’s important to be aware of their potential failings.