How to Repair a Leaking Pipe with SharkBite Fittings

October 1, 2017

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Has a winter weather pipe freeze or pipe burst caused a stressful plumbing situation? Or maybe you found a leak in an older plumbing system. The traditional repair method for pipe leaks requires two fittings and a section of pipe to make the repair.

With SharkBite's slip repair fittings you can remove and repair up to two inches of damaged pipe using a single fitting—and you don't need any additional pipe. Just slide the fitting onto the pipe and slip the fitting back to make the connection.

To get started:

  • Identify if the pipe you are using is copper or CPVC.
  • This type o fitting will only work on those two types of pipe.
  • Cut and remove up to two inches of the damaged pipe.
  • Ensure the pipe is cut as cleanly and squarely as possible.
  • Be sure the pipe is free of scratches and debris
  • If you are handling copper pipe, remove any sharp edges or burrs.
  • Next, use your SharkBite depth and deeper tool to measure and mark the insertion depth on your pipe. You can find the insertion depth chart on 
  • Slide the slip end of the fitting onto the pipe as far as it will go.
  • Using a SharkBite disconnect clip or tong, press the release collar on the slip end and slide the fitting back over the adjoining piece of pipe until you reach the insertion depth mark you just made.
  • Be sure not to slide past the depth mark.
  • Now turn on your water and check the connection

The range of SharkBite slip repair fittings includes couplings, T's adapters, ball valves, and pressure regulating valves. Using SharkBite is fast efficient and reliable.


—This video is provided by SharkBite, one of ProTradeCraft's advertisers. SharkBite is the world leader of push-to-connect plumbing solutions. View all of SharkBite's content.