SharkBite fittings facilitate pipe connections without the use of tools or solvents, making them a popular choice for professionals and do-it-yourselfers alike. Available in the United States since 2004, SharkBite revolutionized pipe connections by introducing push-to-connect technology, allowing for reliable, easier connections in plumbing and heating systems.
Are SharkBites compatible with PEX?
SharkBite fittings can be used with PEX, copper, and CPVC pipe. Specialty options also work with PVC and polybutylene.
How do push-fit connections work?
The fittings slide over properly-sized copper, PEX, or CPVC that been. Pre-installed insert pieces are required for connections to PEX tubing, but can be removed for connections to copper and CPVC to allow better flow. Interior grab ring “teeth” and EPDM o-rings ensure a reliable, leak-free connection.
What applications support these types of fittings?
SharkBite manufactures fittings for a variety of jobs, from standard couplings, elbows, and caps to valves, water heater connectors, and manifolds. SharkBite Large Diameter fittings offer options for connections on pipe as large as 2 inches, and the EvoPEX line is designed specifically for new-construction PEX installations. SharkBites are lead-free and safe for use in potable water systems, with temperature ratings up to 200°F for hydronic heating jobs. Dezincification-resistant (DZR) brass and a 25-year warranty provide added peace of mind.
Are SharkBites code-compliant?
Always check with local, state, and municipal codes before installation, but SharkBite fittings meet the vast majority of plumbing codes in the United States for permanent or temporary use.
Can SharkBite fittings be re-used?
Due to potential wear on the connection mechanism, the manufacturer does not recommend using a SharkBite fitting that has already been installed for a permanent installation. Multiple disconnect tool options, such as clip and tongs, make removal of fittings easy.