Beat the Freeze with SharkBite’s Push-to-Connect Slip and Transition Fittings – Plumbing Perspective


As the deep winter freeze arrives, frozen or burst pipes can become prevalent. Dealing with an unexpected leak is the last thing anyone wants to tackle in the middle of a busy season; but if it happens, there’s a quick solution to restoring ruptured pipes with no specialty tools, soldering, crimping or glue required: SharkBite push-to-connect slip and transition fittings. 

“SharkBite gives you a wide range of slip fittings and valves to repair burst copper or CPVC pipes quickly,” said Michael Kornegay, SharkBite Product Manager. “Up to two inches of damaged pipe can be removed using a single fitting, even in wet lines, and a drain valve can be easily added to prevent future freezing.”

Ideal for working with multiple pipe types and in tight spaces, SharkBite’s Brass Push transition fittings can be installed in wet lines and can transition between pipe types, including PEX, copper, CPVC, PVC, polybutylene, HDPE and PE-RT pipes, making them one of the most versatile solutions.  

“SharkBite’s push-to-connect transition fittings come with color-coordinated collars for each specific pipe material,” Kornegay continued. “The tool-free transition fittings allow for quick and easy repair of copper pinhole leaks and replacement of brittle polybutylene pipe or broken CPVC.” 

Since pipes are at a higher risk of freezing and bursting in the winter, it pays to have a solution like SharkBite’s push-to-connect slip and transition fittings handy for a quick fix. Follow these steps to get the job done fast: 

  1. Cut the pipe cleanly – Be sure the pipe is clean of scratches or debris. If working with copper pipe, use a deburr tool or sandpaper to remove any sharp edges or burrs. 
  2. Measure and mark the insertion depth – Use SharkBite’s Deburr & Gauge Tool to mark the insertion depth on the damaged pipe. 
  3. Make the connection – Push the fitting to the insertion marks. Then, turn on the water and check the connection.

When it comes to repairing a burst, frozen pipe, SharkBite push-to-connect slip and transition fittings save time. Pipe transitions make working with PEX, copper, CPVC, PVC, polybutylene, HDPE and PE-RT pipes hassle free, and SharkBite offers the flexibility of repairing the damaged pipe in wet lines under full flow. 

“Just cut, push and done,” Kornegay said. “These SharkBite products allow you to quickly repair those frozen, burst pipes in a short amount of time, so you can finish a job with ease and move on to the next.”

Learn more about SharkBite’s repair options at SharkBite.com





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