There are a number of ways to connect pipes and fixtures in plumbing. Among all the other techniques of connecting, compression fitting stands prominent due to ease of application. This fitting doesn’t only provide leak proof seal while joining the two pipes but it is also designed to cover the gap between two pipes. However, these fittings do not last for a lifetime; therefore, they need to be replaced occasionally. To ensure the tight and strong seal, it is important to deal with the fitting process carefully or you may need the help of a professional such as Snowman plumbing service.
Measuring Compression Fitting’s Suitability
- The best place where compression fitting can be applied should be a confined one. An example of such places is the area under sinks.
- Compression fitting provides a leak proof seal but it doesn’t give mechanical support to the pipes. Therefore, make sure that compression fitting is being applied to the fixed and unmovable pipes.
- Since compression fitting can cover the gap between the pipes, you can apply this fitting to elongate the pipe. However, ensure that ends of both pipes, where compression fitting has to be applied, are fixed.
- If you are going to join two pipes with the help of compression fitting, make sure that both pipes are of same type; i.e. both pipes should either be of plastic or metal. Combining a metal pipe with a plastic pipe using compression fitting doesn’t work.
- The pipe sections to be combined should be straight. The bent section can cause leakage.
Get the Equipment
- Go to the nearest hardware store to get the equipment for compression fitting. Things that are included in this fitting are a valve to receive the joint, compression ring and compression nut.
- While making the replacement, strictly avoid reusing the old parts even if they look fine. These fittings need to be replaced completely.
Compression Fitting Installation
- Pick the compression ring and place it on one pipe’s end. The pipe end should pass through the ring completely.
- Pass the other pipe end through the remaining part of fitting. The pipe having compression ring needs to be pushed into second part of fitting. The pipe should enter the fitting with adequate amount of force.
- Constrict the compression nut, first with the help of hands and then with pliers. However, make sure that tightening isn’t doing anything bad with the fitting’s integrity.
- Now, let the water to run through the pipe. If the leaking occurs, the fitting would most probably need more tightening. Use pliers again to tighten the compression nut until the leakage is stopped.
There you go. The compression fitting is renewed.