Reliance Worldwide Corporation™SharkBite is part of the RWC Family of Brands. SharkBite is an integral part of Reliance Worldwide Corporation™ (RWC), a market leader and manufacturer of water control systems and plumbing solutions for residential, commercial and industrial applications.

Is SharkBite an American company?

For many Americans, products that are made in the USA are a source of loyalty and pride.

Who invented SharkBite?

No wonder plumbing parts manufacturer Reliance Worldwide Corporation is being closely watched. The $2.3 billion company, best known for inventing and developing the “SharkBite” push-to-connect plumbing fitting, has been a strong performer since it listed in 2016.

Is SharkBite a brand?

SharkBite manufactures plumbing systems for residential and commercial applications. For more than two decades, SharkBite has been at the forefront of innovating new products that solve problems and help the trade work more productively and efficiently.

How long has SharkBite been around?

SharkBite is a name brand that was created in the mid-2000s, but push-fit fittings were invented about 30 years ago.

Where is Zurn PEX made?

North America

Zurn Pex, Inc. manufactures, assembles, packages, and supplies our quality PEX systems in our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in North America. From our tubing to our patent-pending crimp system, Zurn Pex remains a leader in the flexible plumbing systems industry.

What would cause a SharkBite fitting to leak?

A bad seal may be why your SharkBite fitting is leaking. SharkBite fittings are designed to create a leak-proof seal. When a SharkBite fitting does leak, the first thing you’ll want to do is see if the pipe is correctly connected to the fitting. By disconnecting and reconnecting the pipe, you may fix the problem.

Where was SharkBite invented?

Australian made, globally recognised, the SharkBite® range is the #1 push-to-connect plumbing system on the market. SharkBite® plumbing fittings and pipe are manufactured in Australia in Reliance Worldwide Corporation’s state of the art facilities.

Who invented push-fit plumbing?

John Guest

John Guest (Established in 1961, West Drayton, UK) developed the Speedfit push-fit connector for compressed air use in 1974, and introduced plumbing fittings in 1987. These fittings are white plastic, and are unscrewable to replace components, like Hep2O, but also have a push-release mechanism.

Who invented push-fit fittings?

John Guest

Dealing with pressure for 60 years



Back in 1973, John Guest invented push-fit technology for compressed air that would go on to revolutionise the way connections are made. Today, our extensive range of push-fit fittings and pipe are trusted worldwide with millions of products made each year.

Is SharkBite plumbing up to code?

Approved by the Uniform Plumbing Code, International Plumbing Code, and National Plumbing Code of Canada, properly installed SharkBite fittings offer permanent connections, says Product Manager Michael Kornegay.

How reliable are SharkBite?

SharkBites work better than plastic quick-connects on copper pipes because the lead-free brass body is rigid like the pipe and has a higher pressure tolerance. If you need to repair or replace copper plumbing in your home, a SharkBite fitting is an excellent choice.

Do SharkBite fittings fail?

When pipe is not reamed or reamed improperly, abrasive edges may cut the O-ring which seals off the water. In fact, lack of or improper reaming is probably the most contributing factor to O-rings failure. Measure – pipe must be fully inserted into the fitting to a depth specified in instructions.

Are SharkBite fittings good for hot water?

Yes, you can use SharkBite fittings on hot water lines. Remember, however, that they only work with copper, PEX, and CPVC pipes.

Can you use a SharkBite on copper?

SharkBite brass push-to-connect fittings are compatible with PEX, Copper, CPVC, PE-RT and SDR-9 HDPE pipe. SharkBite fittings come with a PEX stiffener pre-loaded into the fitting for PEX, PE-RT and SDR-9 HDPE. The PEX stiffener does not need to be removed for Copper or CPVC applications.

Is PEX better than copper?

PEX pipe is not only cheaper than copper but more durable too. PEX is immune to corrosion and mineral build-up, and it’s not affected by electrolysis, which can cause small pinhole leaks in copper piping. Copper pipes can last anywhere from six months to the life of a building.

Do rats eat PEX pipe?

The Problem



Mice and rats will chew through anything they can, including plastic, so PEX tubing is at just as much risk as the plastic-coated wiring in a car or an HVAC unit. While all rodent damage can be expensive, if rodents chew through a home’s PEX water pipes, the result can be disastrous.

What is the life expectancy of PEX plumbing?

30 to 50 years

While you can expect PEX to last for 30 to 50 years, copper piping will outdo it by about two decades, with a typical lifespan of 50 to 70 years. Copper is a more durable option that isn’t susceptible to rodents or sunlight. These pipes can easily handle water pressure of up to 1,000 psi.

Why do plumbers use PEX?

PEX tubing minimizes the need for connectors since it’s so flexible. Connection sites have the highest potential of leaks in your plumbing system, so fewer PEX fittings leads to less risks of leaks.

Where is PEX not allowed?

PEX can’t be installed in high heat areas.



You can’t install PEX in high heat areas like near recessed lighting. This also means you can’t connect PEX directly to a hot water heater, but you can use a connecting material to do this.

What is better than PEX?

CPVC Pipes Offer Better Water Pressure Than PEX



With PEX, the pipe fits around the outside of the fitting so the internal diameter of the pipe is reduced at each fitting—even when “full flow” expansion fittings are used.

What causes pinhole leaks in PEX pipe?

Over time the bonds start to shake apart, this separation is what causes the pinhole leaks to start. Once the polybutylene gets its first leak it is right to assume that the entire system is becoming compromised.

Can you silicone around PEX pipe?

– Do not place any PEX tubing in heavily contaminated soils or other heavily contaminated environments. – Petroleum-based caulks or sealants should not come in direct contact with PEX.

How do you fix a pin hole leak in PEX?

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Quote from video: You don't want to do that because it just puts holes in the pecks. But. If you just take a heat gun to it leave it there and give it even heat distribution it'll fix itself.

What is PEX A and PEX B?

Flexibility – PEX-A is the most flexible, allowing for it to be fastened by cold expansion, which allows the end to be fluted prior to inserting the fitting. PEX B is not expandable and you should never expand the end of a PEX-B pipe. Kink-Resistance – PEX-A has the greatest resistance, PEX-B the lowest.

Who makes Apollo PEX?

Aalberts Industries Company

Apollo is owned by Aalberts Industries Company, and specializes in the distribution of PEX tubing, tools, fittings, manifolds, and most importantly their intricate valves.

Is PEX OK for drinking water?

These leakage products consist of residues of additives used during production to give plastic pipes their desired properties, as well as any subsequent breakdown products. The study showed: There are no health risks associated with drinking water from PEX pipes.