Sharkbite fittings are quick easy to install making them a popular choice for plumbing projects. However occasionally it may be necessary to remove a sharkbite fitting whether it’s because it was installed improperly you need to replace a damaged fitting or you simply want to make changes to your plumbing system. In this article we will go over the steps on how to remove a sharkbite fitting.
Step 1: Turn Off Water Supply
Before you start removing any fittings it’s essential that you turn off the water supply to the area where the sharkbite fitting is located. This will prevent any water from flowing through the pipes while you’re working it will also prevent any potential leaks or damages.
Step 2: Release the Sharkbite Fitting
To remove the sharkbite fitting you will need a disconnect clip or a sharkbite removal tool which can be purchased at most hardware stores. Use the tool to release the sharkbite fitting. Insert the tool between the pipe the fitting push it down firmly until you hear a click. This click indicates that the sharkbite fitting has been released.
Step 3: Pull the Fitting Off
After you have released the sharkbite fitting gently pull it off the pipe. You can use a pair of pliers to help you remove the fitting if it is stuck. Be careful not to damage the pipe while doing so.
Step 4: Inspect the Pipe Fitting
After removing the sharkbite fitting inspect the pipe the fitting for any damages or signs of wear tear. If you notice any issues it’s best to replace the pipe or fitting before re-installing the sharkbite fitting.
Step 5: Reinstall or Replace the Fitting
After inspecting the pipe fitting you can re-install the sharkbite fitting if it’s in good condition. Simply push the fitting onto the pipe until it clicks into place. If you need to replace the fitting purchase a new one follow the instructions provided for installation.
Removing a sharkbite fitting may seem like a daunting task but with the proper tools steps it’s a relatively simple task that can be completed in no time. Remember to turn off the water supply before starting use the right tools inspect the pipe fitting for any damages before re-installing or replacing the fitting. By following these steps you can safely effectively remove sharkbite fittings from your plumbing system.
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