Pex Pipe, Fittings, Valves & Tools
Easy to use, easy to install, and highly affordable, PEX (cross-linked polyethylene pipe) has been steadily gaining in popularity over the years. It is becoming more and more common in home plumbing systems, hydronic heating, and even reclaimed or greywater systems. We here at PlumbingSupply.com® are happy to offer you this top quality, reliable PEX that works in perfect harmony with SharkBite® fittings and valves - making your next installation or repair easy and hassle-free.
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PEX Piping for Potable Water Systems
Available in three colors (red, blue, and white), SharkBite® PEX tubing is ideal for a wide range of residential and commercial plumbing applications. It is approved for all potable water systems, as well as for use in crimp, clamp, or push-fit systems. It is easy to use, easy to install, and can offer you and your clients a wide range of benefits over traditional pipe installations. Download the SharkBite® PEX installation guide.
- Listed to NSF 61, NSF 14 & CSA B137.5 for use in drinking water systems
- Can be used with crimp, clamp, or SharkBite® push-connect fittings
- Flexible tubing can be installed almost anywhere you need - suitable for direct bury or behind-the-wall installations
- Affordable materials and fewer fittings required plus fast installation reduces overall costs without sacrificing reliability and performance
- Resists corrosion and scale buildup - great for areas with hard water or low pH
- Does not cause water hammer when supply is shut off
- Not as thermally conductive as some other types of pipe, so less heat is lost while water is in the pipe - saving you energy and water
- Can be used with manifolds for easier and more efficient installation
- Max working pressures: 160 psi @ 73.4°F, 100 ps @ 180° F, 80 psi @ 200°F
- View detailed SharkBite® PEX specifications
Crimp & Clamp Rings
SharkBite® clamp rings and crimp rings are designed for use with PEX barbed fittings. The barbed fitting goes inside the PEX tubing, while the clamp or crimp ring slides around the outside and is tightened down using a specialized clamp or crimp tool. Available in the most common tubing sizes and highly affordable, you can get everything you need right here - with NO minimum order required!
PEX Barbed Fittings
These PEX barbed fittings from SharkBite® are an excellent low cost solution for installing PEX tubing. Use them with either stainless steel clamping systems or copper crimp rings for a quick, easy install. Constructed from DZR lead free brass, they meet 2014 Federal Safe Drinking Water Act requirements for potable water systems, and are appropriate for hydronic heating applications as well.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q. "Are the clamp style or crimp style rings better?"
A. Each system has advantages and disadvantages in certain applications. The stainless steel clamp rings are naturally non-corrosive, which may make them a better fit for coastal areas, and are typically easier to install in confined spaces. The crimp rings are more suitable for use with polybutylene or plastic fittings since copper is a softer metal and will provide a better seal, and can be a better fit for areas where expansion is a part of life. Some think the fact that the clamps are easier to remove is a bonus, while others worry about the potential for leaks with such an easy to remove fitting. Although successful clamp connections can be confirmed based on the release of the ratchet tool, crimp fittings can be checked with a go-no-go gauge long after the original connection was made, which many find reassuring. Really, the choice boils down to personal preference and the needs of your application.
Q. "Do I need a stiffener to use SharkBite® push-connect fittings with PEX?"
A. An integral PEX stiffener is not usually needed when using SharkBite® since they come equipped with an integrated Tube Support Liner that effectively supports the PEX tubing to ensure the O-ring seals correctly. However, please be sure to check local codes as they might have different requirements. Additionally, note that the Tube Support Liner is not required when using SharkBite® products with CPVC and copper, and can easily be removed if preferred or required by local code.
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