Property owners rely on plumbing systems to deliver clean water to all fixtures. Although plumbing is one of the most important systems in the home’s infrastructure, pipes are mostly installed behind the wall, making it hard to tell if there is a problem that needs to be addressed until it’s too late. If you’re working on a remodel or a new pipeline that requires replacing copper with PEX, Shark Bite can help make the job easier.
why transition from copper to pex?
Decades ago, copper was the most widely used type of tubing for many plumbing applications. In fact, if you were a plumber before the year 2000, you may have used copper to replace dangerous galvanized pipes, which are known to corrode.
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Today, connecting copper to pex is common in new construction, remodels, and repairs due to pex’s flexibility, affordability, and durability in extreme temperatures.
fewer connection points = less risk
the flexibility of pex tubing helps it bend around corners with ease, reducing the number of connection points needed. this reduces project costs for plumbers and minimizes system failure points.
lower and more stable cost
pex itself also costs significantly less than copper tubing. For example, 1/2-inch Sharkbite Pex pipe costs about a quarter of the price of copper. And since shark bite pex has a fixed cost, plumbers don’t have to worry about daily price fluctuations like they do with copper.
durable & resistant to freezing
PEX’s durability makes it more reliable for homeowners. Because it is not a rigid pipe, it will expand in freezing conditions rather than crack, reducing leaks and water damage. it is also immune to corrosion and mineral build-up, and is unaffected by electrolysis, which can cause small leaks in copper pipes. sharkbite pex-b in particular offers the best chlorine resistance and six months UV resistance to prevent premature failure.
read: how shark bite is useful for remodeling kitchens and bathrooms.
traditional pex to copper transition methods vs. shark bite
Traditionally connecting pex to copper depends on which end of the pipe it is connected to. If you’re working with threaded pipe, you can screw a threaded adapter onto the end of the pipe, secure with a wrench, and connect the pex to the other side. if the pipe is not threaded, you can use a male or female slip-on adapter. this method requires soldering the adapter to the copper pipe before attaching the pex to the other end and securing it with a crimp.
See also: Types of Pipe Fittings
There is a better way.
Traditional transition techniques become complicated and time consuming, especially when working in confined spaces. Simplify your process by cleanly installing a Sharkbite Copper to Pex fitting in about 3 seconds. When installed correctly, the connection won’t fail and you won’t have to use glue, special tools, or open flames.
the sharkbite brass push-to-connect product line is designed to help connect two pieces of pex, copper, cpvc, pe-rt and/or sdr-9 hdpe tubing in any combination. One of the main benefits of the sharkbite system is that no special tools, crimps, glue, or welding are required for successful installation, making the pipe transition process much simpler.
also, this fitting will not corrode copper and an internal o-ring seal helps make a watertight connection. this fixture can be installed in wet lines, behind the wall and underground and is protected by a 25 year warranty.
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how to transition from copper to pex with shark bite fittings
Connecting the shark bite to copper is easy with our brass push-on fittings. simply cut your copper tubing, mark the proper insertion depth and push the coupling fully into the tubing. repeat this process for the pex end and your connection is complete.