When you're dealing with a range of drain or sewer pipe materials, sometimes having the right adapter on hand to connect them can be a tricky proposition. Have too many of different types, and you're tying up your budget in fittings that may never be needed. Have too few, and you have to send someone to the store every time you need to make a repair. Fortunately, there's an easy solution that adapts itself well to a wide range of pipe materials - flexible couplings and adapters. Here's more information about these easy-to-use options.
Variations and Types of Flexible Couplings and Adapters
- Couplings vs. Saddles: A coupling spans the entire outside diameter (OD) of both ends of the pipes, which means the pipe ends must be close to each other to span the gap with a coupling. A saddle, on the other hand, allows you to simply cut out a hole in the side of an unbroken pipe, strap on a saddle and add the new pipe that will feed into it, preventing you from having to cut through the entire pipe to begin with.
- Straight vs. Reducing: When you're connecting pipes of different materials that have relatively similar OD’s such as concrete to PVC, you'll use a straight coupling, which is the same diameter across its entire length. It is then clamped down to the diameter needed for each pipe material. A reducer coupling is for different pipe diameters, such as joining a 10" pipe to an 8" pipe.
- Flexible Caps: These are used to create a seal at the end of a pipe by placing a flexible cap on the end, then tightening down the clamp to hold it in place and prevent leaks. They can be used below or above ground, temporarily or permanently, and are fast and easy to install.
- Concrete Manhole Adapters: When you have issues with water leaking around your manholes into the concrete walls that support it, it can cause problems with slippery ladders and slip-and-fall accidents for your crew. Manhole adapters fit in place to seal these leaks.
- Flexible Sewer Saddles: Because these only fit onto one side of the pipe, the same size can be used for every size of sewer main from 4" to 12". Available to fit either 4" or 6" inlets, these can be used for either tee connections or wye connections.
- PVC Inserta Tee: These fittings allow you to insert a PVC tee into any solid wall pipe material. This allows you to tap existing sewer lines without having to use messy adhesives or using specialized tools.
- QwikSeal Connectors: When you need to tee into a solid wall pipe material for a new drain line, the QwikSeal Connector can be used to tap existing lines, then clamped onto the new drain line to hold it in place
- Pipe Plugs: Whether a mechanical plug that holds onto the inside of the pipe or a simple plug that fits into the end, we have these pipe plugs available from 4" to 60" in diameter for non-testing use.
By adding flexible couplings and adapters to your repair kit, you'll be ready to quickly deal with many situations in non-pressurized lines, making it easier to get the job done and get on with life. If you need help finding the perfect fitting for your project's needs, Team EJP is ready to help. Please feel free to contact us today with any questions, for more information or to place an order.