Have you ever wondered what plumbing compression fittings are and how they are used in your home plumbing system? You might have heard your friendly plumbers talk about these things as they work on projects in your home. If you were previously in a blur and want to know more about compression fittings and how important they are in your plumbing, then read on and learn.
Plumbing compression fittings are couplings that are utilized to join two pipes; a fixture and a valve or a fixture and a pipe together. They are great for hot and cold water taps as well as toilet stop valves. Generally, compression fittings are made up of three parts: the nut, the ring and the seat. These parts are connected by sliding the nut onto the pipe and then attaching the compression ring. All three parts are compressed in order to create a watertight connection so that your plumbing will function perfectly without leaking.
In terms of the popularity of usage, compression fittings are widely known to work well with bathroom vanities, toilets, dishwashers, refrigerators and other appliances and fixtures. They are also loved by homeowners who are into do-it-yourself plumbing because they are relatively easy to install. There are some things that you need to remember though.
First of all, a compression fitting is supposedly tasked to restrain the movement of the pipe outward from itself. Unfortunately, sometimes it doesn’t work as effectively as it should. When using fittings to connect plumbing to the fridge (for the icemaker), there comes a point when the tubing eventually rotates every time the appliance is moved. This then leads to a loose compression nut thus creating leaks. And when that happens, expect a little flooding, mold or mildew growth and severe damages that you have to shell out money for in order to get fixed.
Secondly, there are some people who use compression fittings to lengthen pipes. This is not advisable. A double compression fitting doesn’t guarantee long-term efficiency. The fitting will still be prone to impact and rotational movement which can destroy the connection and again, lead to leaking. So if you are looking forward to lengthening your pipes, just resort to a soldered or sweat connection instead. These two are more durable than using compression fittings.
Last but not the least, do not recycle compression fittings or its parts. Use them only once to ensure that they’re going to function effectively. Do not mix and match old and new parts together. For instance, refrain from using new a new ring with an old nut. Parts wear out and reusing old pieces might not let you achieve a watertight seal.
We hope that our blog about plumbing compression fittings will guide you into accomplishing successful DIY projects at home. And should you need professional plumbing assistance, just call the most reliable local US plumbers! Reach Plumbers 911 Florida, Plumbers 911 Washington DC or Plumbers 911 California at 305-662-0668 (Miami-Dade County FL), 954-468-0512 (Broward County FL), 561-327-6287 (Palm Beach County FL), 800-731-1139 (Central Valley CA) or (877) 932-5325 (Washington DC)!
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