Asked by: Chunlian Ranchal
asked in category: General Last Updated: 18th April, 2020

Can you put a saddle valve on PEX?

The design of the saddle/needle valve is quite different than a standard water shutoff valve. These valves are designed to work with brass, copper, or steel pipes—they do not work with PVC, CPVC, or PEX plastic pipe. And saddle valves are designed for water systems with a maximum pressure of no more than 125 PSI.

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Subsequently, one may also ask, are saddle valves up to code?

Answer. Most state and local codes prohibit the use of a saddle valve, also known as a piercing saddle valve, saddle tap or needle valve, consisting of a clamp that punctures a hole in an existing water intake pipe. It is a shortcut used instead of installing a more permanent and secure connection.

Also, what is better than a saddle valve? Saddle valves don't have one. Most of them don't leak, but they have a much higher chance of leaking than a properly installed water valve. When installing an ice maker or whole-house humidifier, tap off of an existing water line with a proper tee fitting and have a proper shutoff valve installed.

Also know, can a saddle valve be shut off?

A saddle valve is mounted directly on to a pipe which is usually 1/2 inch copper tubing. Saddle valves are self-tapping devices. Turning the handle counter-clockwise opens the valve. These valves can be installed without shutting off the main water supply.

How much does it cost to replace a saddle valve?

To replace a saddle valve or tee off an existing water line, start by obtaining the needed parts. I'm assuming the saddle valve is connected to a ½" copper water line. If you're comfortable soldering copper tubing and you already have the equipment to do it, this project will cost about $10.

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