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Water leaks

Shark bite connector


Our new trailer has plumbing issues.

Pex tubing plus shark bite connectors is making replacement a breeze.

The hardest part is tracking down each leak.


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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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Honestly, the safest bet is to assume that every pipe has a leak and just replace them all.

With winter coming, you don't want to take the chance that there's a new leak. Trying to track down a leak in freezing conditions is no picnic.

Yes, it would be a bit more expensive to replace all the water lines; but the peace of mind and elimination of future hassles may make it worthwhile.

Looking forward to following you all on your new adventures!

Comment by Anonymous Mon Oct 23 10:30:14 2017

Just make sure you keep the PEX shielded from direct or indirect sunlight, or other light sources containing UV. Generally PEX only contains UV stabilizers for a limited exposure (30, 60 or 90 days, depending on manufacturer).

PEX becomes brittle when exposed to UV. And since water pipes are subjected to both constant water pressure and also significant pressure spikes when you open or close a tap, they can then fail.

And sometimes copper or steel water pipes are used as electrical grounding...

Comment by Roland_Smith Mon Oct 23 14:35:54 2017





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