As the variety of push fittings continues to expand, their use in new home plumbing installations as well as repairs is growing rapidly. Available in configurations that include everything from elbows, adapters and couplings to tube caps, ball valves, water heater connectors and many more, push fittings are easy to use. Although they probably won't replace the old ways of doing things anytime soon, they certainly are finding a prominent place in the plumber's toolbox. Why? Because, as the name tells you, all it takes to make a watertight joint is a little push.
The use of push fittings for making joints is becoming increasingly popular for at least five reasons:
- Speed. You can complete a plumbing job much more quickly than you could using traditional methods. When you need a quick repair or want to cap a pipe, all you have to do is push the fitting into place. In the end, you can get more done during your workday and add more jobs to the schedule.
- No glue or solder. You don't have to use solder or glue to create a watertight joint, and clamps and unions are unnecessary. Push fittings eliminate the hazards that come with an open flame, both to you and to the structure you're working in. You also don't have to worry about water in a PVC line ruining the seal.
- No-tool installation. Installing push fittings doesn't require any tools. However, you'll want to remove burrs on the pipe to avoid damaging the fitting's O-ring and causing a leak. It's also a good idea to have a removal tool on hand in case you need to make changes.
- Easy de-mounting. If you make a mistake, it's not a major chore to reposition your fitting. It takes little effort to remove and replace it.
- Better in close quarters. Plumbing can take you into some tight spots. When that's the case, you might not have the room to solder a joint properly. A push fitting solves the problem with ease.
The benefits of push fittings are clear. However, to get the most out of these easy-to-use time savers, it's important to follow a few guidelines. For example, make sure the fittings you install are approved for the application. Also, review the manufacturer's recommendations and instructions so you can rest assured you won't have any leaks and that your connections are safe.
Push fittings come in a variety of materials, including copper, brass and PVC, so you can use them in a range of applications. You'll also find them in a broad array of types and sizes. In new home construction and home plumbing repair, there are few joint-making situations that a push fitting can't take care of for a little while or a long time.