Leaking plastic pipe connection

Joined
25 Feb 2013
Messages
39
Reaction score
0
Location
London
Country
United Kingdom
I am having an issue with a leak in the area highlighted in red on my central heating system. It was installed 18months ago (from above) and a few days after I noticed a reasonable leak from that connection, got the plumber back in and it seemed sorted. Pulled the kitchen ceiling down to renovate and noticed it has a very slow leak in it. I haven't actually seen water drip from it but it forms between the plastic and if wiped away it reappears.

It seems to me that there is a lot of pressure on that connection due to the bend of the pipe (it also goes slightly below the joists when the ceiling isn't there), is that a correct installation?

I am trying to decide if the issue is something I want to tackle or not. How do I identify what brand those fittings are?

 
Sponsored Links
Joined
7 Feb 2008
Messages
23,642
Reaction score
4,701
Location
Northumberland
Country
United Kingdom
They look like JG Speedfit fittings, I think?
For sure, the angle that they are set isn't the best.....they do look strained a little.
Best to remake them, with new pipe if its scored.
John :)
 
Joined
12 Apr 2010
Messages
1,038
Reaction score
203
Location
Derbyshire
Country
United Kingdom
Look like JG to me,couldn't it have been run to the joist to the right and clipped properly to that joist.
Just looks like its asking for trouble like that,could do with re-doing really.
 

ree

Joined
6 Feb 2014
Messages
3,193
Reaction score
449
Location
California
Country
United Kingdom
What a mess - it looks like a first DIY job, shame on the "plumber". Plastic pipe has to be clipped and supported just like any other pipework. Your pic pipework could have been arranged in a far more competent manner.

There also might be issues with the copper pipework thats been laid on the bottom "plate" - there are clipping issues there, and quite what the Regs are on the various concealed compression fittings are i dont know?

What does the writing on the pipe say?
 
Joined
25 Feb 2013
Messages
39
Reaction score
0
Location
London
Country
United Kingdom
Look like JG to me, couldn't it have been run to the joist to the right and clipped properly to that joist..
This is what I am wondering and thinking of doing. Just seems a mess to my untrained eye.

What does the writing on the pipe say?
I was assuming JG Speedfit but wanted to be sure. You can see what it says here but it isn't very informative.
 
Joined
21 Oct 2012
Messages
659
Reaction score
145
Location
Lancashire
Country
United Kingdom
There are at least 3 different makes of fittings in the photos, never a good idea to mix inserts fittings on a system.
The one causing the problem is indeed JG Speedfit, with it being on the heating it will be subject to continual expansion and contraction as well as changes in temperature and pressure, this may have contributed to the leak if no or the wrong insert has been fitted.

As already stated the pipe seems to be under strain.

The leak could be down to a number of things but looking at the "quality" of the installation I would drain down the system and remake the joints trying to tidy things up a little. But do check that there is an insert in all of the plastic pipes, by the state of things I wouldn't be surprised if some if not all were missing.
 
Joined
28 Jun 2005
Messages
21,524
Reaction score
1,963
Country
United Kingdom
Is it gas c/h was the "plumber" Gas Safe registered :?:
 
Joined
25 Feb 2013
Messages
39
Reaction score
0
Location
London
Country
United Kingdom
But do check that there is an insert in all of the plastic pipes, by the state of things I wouldn't be surprised if some if not all were missing.

There were inserts in all the plastic pipes I checked. The quality of the cut on the leaking part was pretty bad though. Not sure if that contributed or not. I have hopefully sorted it all now. Just need to decide how long to leave it before I am confident to put the plaster board over it.

Is it gas c/h was the "plumber" Gas Safe registered :?:

I believe I checked the register and he was. Obviously I won't be using him again.
 
Sponsored Links
Joined
21 Oct 2012
Messages
659
Reaction score
145
Location
Lancashire
Country
United Kingdom
Hopefully you have sorted it.
People think that leaks only occur under pressure. It will show obvious defects, however when the pressure drops and the pipe and fittings become " relaxed" this is when you are most likely to see the small weeps caused by things like dirt under the "O" ring or a score in the pipe.
On the Speedfit fittings, did you twist the collar to lock the fitting?
 
Joined
25 Feb 2013
Messages
39
Reaction score
0
Location
London
Country
United Kingdom
Hopefully you have sorted it.
People think that leaks only occur under pressure. It will show obvious defects, however when the pressure drops and the pipe and fittings become " relaxed" this is when you are most likely to see the small weeps caused by things like dirt under the "O" ring or a score in the pipe.
On the Speedfit fittings, did you twist the collar to lock the fitting?

I just ran the heating up to temp and now turned it off just to check. I have twisted them all, which wasn't the case with the original work.
 
Joined
1 Oct 2009
Messages
3,159
Reaction score
298
Location
Hampshire
Country
United Kingdom
Twisting them doesn't give a better seal, just secures them against accidental disconnection.
 
Joined
21 Oct 2012
Messages
659
Reaction score
145
Location
Lancashire
Country
United Kingdom
Twisting them doesn't give a better seal, just secures them against accidental disconnection.

Correct, but it's good practice, and if you look at the photo of the fitting that was leaking, the pipe is under tension and pressing on the release collet. With continual expansion and contraction potentially this could cause the fitting to partially release.

This is why some National Delelopers have instructed their plumbing sub contractors not to use a particular make of Pushfit fitting behind Dot & Dab because it can (and has) demounted itself because it's raised collet can't be locked.
 
Joined
21 Oct 2012
Messages
659
Reaction score
145
Location
Lancashire
Country
United Kingdom
You can buy clips that lock them though.

We do a lot of new build site work, and most of the developers we work for specify Hep2o. But when we work for a Polypipe spec, the developers now instruct us to use Polyfit where visible and Polyplumb behind Dot & Dab.

This is because Polyfit has a raised collet and they have had problems with them Demounting themselves, weeks or months after they have been pressure tested and handed over.

You are correct you can get collet clips to prevent it happening, but how many plumbers do you know that use them, or how many merchants do you know that stock them.

The developers are removing the risk.
 
Sponsored Links
Top