Irrigation Fittings Beware

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  1. keyaam

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    Hi guys

    Over the weekend I had to assist a buddy whos tank sprung a leak on the plumbing. He used the normal irrigation fittings and they corroded. I didnt get a chance to take pics but please rather stick to using the regular PVC fittings and ensure that these are properly bonded together with PVC weld. Here is a sample of the fitting
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  3. mandarinman

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    thanks for the heads up !
     
  4. brentv

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    this is obviously a sample of the fittings to use?
     
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    Thats a sample of the fittings which corroded. Stick to these

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    I have 2 of those fittings on my return pump, how does plastic corrode???
     
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    Im not sure but when i looked at the fittings half of the fitting was missing. AFAIK he had these fittings on the tank for two years
     
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    If you speak to a reputable supplier they will tell you that irrigation products ain't made for seawater, especially the valve products, the seals fail within in a couple of weeks.
     
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    Maybe a stupid question
    The fitting that failed, was it under pressure? With pump pushing via fitting to some component that could create back pressure?
     
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    They were used on overflow and return. The return sprung a leak but we noticed that the overflow fittings have also perished
     
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    I will keep a heads up on mine!
     
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    In the pool industry when it comes to suction leaks these fittings are always to blame.

    When it comes to marine I would advise never to use a fitting that needs a clamp. The PVC has all shapes and size and are the way to go. Nothing sticks like PVC weld.
     
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    Excellent Keyaam...Well noted...
     
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    Very interesting. I have connected a couple of those fittings on my new 4ft setup and had them running on my old 4ft for quite some time without any issues. I will keep an eye on them;)Thanks for the heads up:)
     
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