Plumbers called out by a customer faced with a cracked, corroded or otherwise damaged pipe, want to repair the pipe as quickly as possible, stopping it from causing any further, unnecessary damage. Revolutionising traditional pipe repair, push fit repair couplings allow plumbers to fix punctures permanently within minutes. Stopping water leaks in their tracks, without any unwelcome downtime.
In addition, some push fit repair couplings can be used to connect pipes of different material (plastic and copper) and even diameter; making them a vital tool in the modern plumber’s armoury.
Used across a range of commercial and residential applications; push fit repair kits are particularly useful in tight spots where more conventional repair methods are difficult. By using a push fit coupling to seal the pipe, plumbers can ensure an obstruction-free, watertight join, and a very convenient repair.
The main benefits of push fit repair couplings are:
- Speed and ease of use
- Ability to connect pipes of different material
- Ability to connect pipes of different size
- Can be used in wet conditions
- Can be easily removed and repositioned.
Pipeloc repair couplings from Westco
Exlusive to Westco, Pipeloc combines high-quality plastic pipe with innovative push-fit and twist lock fittings in an end-to-end piping system.
Lightweight, durable and safe to install, with greater burst resistance than copper, in addition to the above benefits, Pipeloc repair couplings are plastic, which removes the need for soldering. In addition, Pipeloc doesn’t corrode when exposed to acidic water and provides a visual indicator to show when the pipe and fittings are securely connected.
The tough thermoplastic material used to manufacture Pipeloc fittings rivals traditional materials such as copper, brass and other plastics and are certified for use with copper, PEX and CPVC pipes.
WRAS approved, Pipeloc also comes with a 25-year warranty.
How to use Pipeloc push-fit repair couplings
Pipeloc provides a fully demountable and reusable push-fit plumbing system:
- Locate the damage on the pipe. If possible, isolate the water supply (although repairs can be made in wet conditions)
- Remove the damaged part the pipe. Use only purpose designed pipe cutters and cut the pipe squarely. Ensure the pipe or fitting is free from burrs and scratches and is kept free from dirt or debris
- Ensure the pipe is pushed into the fitting fully past both the collets (gripper) and the ‘O’ ring, and is engaged properly. Twist the screw cap until the green coloured ring is no longer visible; this confirms a proper, secure fit and locks the pipe into position. It also increases pressure on the ‘O’ ring seal around the pipe for greater security
- Pull to check it is secure. It is good practice to test the system prior to leaving the site before use. A tube insert should be used to act as an internal support for the end of the plastic pipe. For Pipeloc pipes, use the correct pipe insert – grey for Qual-PEX and orange for Qual-PB.
A plastic repair coupling can often be the handiest tool in a plumber’s toolkit. Suitable for a whole host of applications both above and below ground, Pipeloc products are used extensively in general plumbing so it’s important to keep them in stock.
 Depending on make and model of push fit repair coupling
 If installed according to manufacturer’s instructions