How Far Does Pipe Go Into SharkBite Fitting?

SharkBite fittings provide an easy and dependable way to connect different types of pipes. But if you're unsure of the accurate depth the pipe should be inserted into the SharkBite fitting; you're in the right place. We have scoured the net to help you with this basic plumbing concern.

Insert your pipe into the SharkBite fitting until the endpoint. It's essential to follow the correct insertion depth for your SharkBite, as failing to do this can lead to issues with your plumbing later.

If you don't follow the specific measurements during installation, the pipes may become damaged.

Also, note the tools you must prepare before inserting the pipe and the proper installation procedures. Keep reading as we elaborate on those necessary methods for joining pipes with SharkBite fittings.

A sharkbite fittings with red and blue PEX pipe, How Far Does Pipe Go Into SharkBite Fitting?

How To Measure SharkBite Fittings And Pipes

Tools like SharkBite fitting are very convenient for homeowners, especially if you want to do your plumbing work yourself.

But if the pipe doesn't fit correctly or it could be too close to the deformation point, it results in improper resistance against stress from the system, where it is possible to have sudden changes in the water pressure.

To find out how far the pipe goes into the SharkBite fitting, here is a list of accurate measurements that you can use:

Approximate Size of the SharkBite Fitting

Approximate Size of the Pipe

Outside Diameter of the Pipe

Inside Diameter of the Pipe

 Insertion Depth of the Pipe (in.)

 Insertion Depth of the Pipe (mm)


1/4 “ CTS






3/8” CTS






½” CTS






5/8” CTS






¾” CTS






1” CTS






1-1/4” CTS






1-1/2” CTS






2” CTS





The measurement depends on what kind of pipe you are using. SharkBite's insertion depth chart above gives you a significant advantage in correctly inserting the pipe and determining how far it extends into it.

Mark the length with a permanent marker for accuracy. After finding the suitable measurement, push the pipe until it reaches the insertion mark you made on the pipe, then turn it on and check the connection to see if it is secured.

Applications For SharkBite Fittings

SharkBite fittings are push-to-connect plumbing fittings that save time, are easy to install, and are reliable, especially when there's an emergency at home or a temporary fix.

When using a water heater, SharkBite fittings are the best choice. They can survive in high temperatures. It even works better than the plastic quick-connects installed in copper pipes because it has a higher pressure tolerance.

When having to change or fix the plumbing in your home, SharkBite fitting can be helpful.

Different Types Of Pipes Used For SharkBite Fittings

When using a SharkBite fitting, it is necessary to know what kind of pipe is compatible. We've listed here a guide to help you decide which pipe to choose when you make your next purchase.

The pipes that are frequently used for SharkBite fitting are as follows:

PEX Pipe (Cross-linked Polyethylene)

A PEX pipe is a plastic material used for water supply piping systems. Installing this type of pipe is more flexible than installing a rigid pipe. It is also highly heat resistant and has a long lifespan.

PEX pipes attached to the basement ceiling of a home

Copper Pipe

A copper pipe is a tube-like material made from copper that is commonly used in the construction industry. This type of pipe transfers water, gas, oil, or other fluid from one location to another.

Copper pipes

CPVC Pipe (Chlorinated Poly Vinyl Chloride)

CPVC pipe is a strong and rigid thermoplastic material. CPVC's immunity to damage from highly chlorinated domestic water and tolerance to higher temperatures is because of its makeup.

It can even transport hot water up to 199 degrees Fahrenheit.

UPVC CPVC Fittings for polypropylene pipes

PE-RT Pipe (Polyethylene Of Raised Temperature Resistance)

A PE-RT pipe is a high-temperature flexible plastic pressure pipe that has undergone extensive testing for durability and material performance.

This pipe is used in drinking water projects and floor heating projects.

HDPE Pipe (High-Density Polyethylene)

An HDPE pipe is a flexible plastic pipe. This type of pipe is used for fluid and gas transfer. It is often used to replace aged concrete or steel main pipelines.

It also can carry potable water, sewage, slurries, toxic substances, and non-liquified gases.

HDPE pipes

Why Is Water Leaking From My SharkBite Fitting?

Have you noticed a leak from your SharkBite fitting after using it? There must be a problem with how the pipe was inserted into the SharkBite fitting.

You might want to check the possible reasons why this happens:

  • Installing the pipe inside the fitting without it being correctly deburred might have caused the problem.
  • The proper insertion of the pipe wasn't followed.
  • The pipe must not have been squarely cut.
  • The O-Ring doesn't function well when getting a watertight seal because of the scratches or dirt outside the pipe.

If the leak doesn't stop, check inside the fitting. If the O-Ring is damaged or missing altogether, it might be why there's a leak in it. Another possible source of leakage in the fitting is a deformed pipe.

When it is used for a long time, the deformation of the pipes can never be avoided due to extreme temperatures or when it is overused.

Steps To Repair The Leak

Before undergoing the installation process of SharkBite fitting, make sure to follow these instructions correctly to prevent it from leaking:

  1. Check the pipe to make sure it is attached to the fitting correctly.
  2. Disconnect and reconnect the pipe.
  3. Use an adjustable wrench. As you try to remove the pipe, slip the wrench over it and rest it against the fitting's cufflink.
  4. After that, place your two fingers in the middle of the fitting, then pinch your fingers and the wrench together. By doing this, you will be able to push in the cufflink. Pressing the cufflink will release the steel teeth on the inside, then you pull out the pipe in it.
  5. The damage should be inspected on both the end and inside as soon as you remove the pipe, then look at the SharkBite fitting.
  6. Put the pipe back into the fitting. There's nothing wrong with it. Before putting it back, ensure that the recommended length you insert your pipe into the fitting is accurate. Use the SharkBite Deburr & Gauge Tool for a better result.

What Do I Need To Connect SharkBite Fittings?

You won't need specialized tools since they aren't required when installing SharkBite fitting. However, you might need one of these, the SharkBite Deburr & Gauge Tool.

Because the pipe must be squarely cut, deburred, and debris-free before being installed into the SharkBite Fitting, this tool is highly recommended for deburring and measuring the depth of the pipe.

Are SharkBite Fittings Reusable?

Sharkbite fittings with red and blue PEX pipe, How Far Does Pipe Go Into SharkBite Fitting?

Yes, a SharkBite fitting can be reused a maximum of 3 times. It can be reused for testing purposes, but if it is being tested several times, then you won't be able to install it permanently.

Also, the SharkBite fitting's watertight seal won't be able to form without enough lubricant in it.

How Long Is The Lifespan Of A SharkBite Fitting?

Assuming the installation instructions install it, a SharkBite fitting has an average lifespan of about 25 years.

Given that the SharkBite company has already provided a warranty for the SharkBite fittings, they might last a very long time.

To Wrap It All Up

SharkBite fittings help lessen the burden you always encounter in your plumbing system, especially as they create strong connections when properly installed.

Now that you know the essential parts when installing a pipe into a SharkBite fitting, always take note of the accurate measurement to understand how far the pipe goes into it to avoid malfunctioning in the future.

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