Sanitary fittings play a key role in the plumbing of your home. Without them, no sealing of the pipes. However, it is not always easy to find yourself in the world of sanitary fittings because each of them is adapted to a specific situation and has its own advantages. A short overview of what is most common on the market.
The different types of sanitary fittings
Sanitary fittings for soldering
In the world of welding fittings, the most widespread and the most classic is the copper connection. It is used to connect together the copper pipes that feed your home in cold and hot water but also pipes made of different materials. These fittings are very strong and have a very long life. However, it is necessary to be equipped and to have some experience to weld them.
You will also find brass fittings which are recommended for connecting elements of different material such as copper pipes and metal pipes. They are very useful for connecting faucets to pipes and also require a few tools at home for welding.
Sanitary fittings for gluing or crimping
For wastewater disposal, you need to install PVC pipes which will be connected by PVC fittings. Their main advantage is that they stick together and require very little tooling. All you need is a hacksaw, emery cloth and glue to put them in place. Also know that they are very affordable in terms of price and come in different forms. Straight connections, elbows, branch lines, reductions… You will be spoiled for choice!
Crimp fittings are, for their part, to be used with multilayer pipes. It will be necessary, in this case, to equip you with crimping pliers. They have the advantage of being perfectly sealed and not suffering the effects of corrosion.
Easy-mount sanitary fittings
PER fittings are reserved for the distribution of water, toilets but also heating. They are very easy to install and are not very sensitive to limestone. They are perfect for a flush installation.
Quick couplings are to be used only with copper pipes and facilitate installation. They can not replace PER or PVC fittings.