Quick Pipe Repair
What do you do when you have found a plumbing leak and you want to fix it quickly, by yourself, without having to wait for a plumber? We have seen the despair homeowners experience when they discover a burst pipe and are facing flooding, loss of property and a home in turmoil. Of course, in such a situation it is imperative that the water be shut off immediately. But then what? If you don’t possess good plumbing skills it is usually best to call a professional plumber to handle the repairs.
New Plumbing Gadget Works
However, if it’s just a broken pipe that needs repairing, there are new gadgets on the market that can save you money even if you aren’t skilled in plumbing repair. Based on the recommendation of a hardware store guy, we checked out some SharkBite connectors. With a brass body with plastic working parts on the inside, these connectors appeared to be well-made. We decided to test them on some old, split copper piping.
There’s simply no faster, easier way we can think of to repair residential plumbing systems. The SharkBite system lets you join copper, CPVC or PEX pipe with no soldering, clamps or glue.
The results were impressive, to say the least. Though considerably more expensive than a regular sweat fitting, the SharkBite snaps together in seconds, doesn’t leak, allows the pipe to swivel and has a little plastic collar that you can push back to release the pipe, making it reusable. Quick and easy to install, this type of gadget does cost more than sweating on a new piece of copper – provided you know how to do that properly. But, if your alternative is to pay a plumber to do the work, check out the SharkBite connectors at your local hardware store.
Will it Last?
Of course, only time will tell, but SharkBite products are guaranteed for 25 years. As a bonus, all their products are lead-free so you don’t have to worry about toxicity
Are They for You?
That’s a question only you can answer. To us, they were very simple to install. Just cut away the damaged section of copper pipe and use these new-fangled, push-to-connect fittings to insert a new length of pipe and that’s about it. Still, if you aren’t comfortable with doing your own plumbing repairs, the simple truth is that there is no substitute for the skills and experience a professional plumber brings to the job. And perhaps the extra peace of mind that comes with knowing the job was expertly handled is worth the cost. Something to think about, and the choice is yours.
Using Press-to-Connect Fittings