Can I use a Saddle valve on PVC water pipe?

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by gideon, Aug 12, 2005.

  1. gideon

    gideon New Member

    Aug 12, 2005
    I'm installing a refrigerator with an ice maker in our church tonight. There aer only standard PVC water lines in the church house. Can I use the saddlevalve that came in the ice maker installation kit to tap into the PVC waterline? Or will it crack?

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    God Bless

  2. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima WA
    Throw the saddle valve in the trash and plumb the water line in right. You should put a shut off valve where you tap into the supply line, then reduce the size and adapt to the copper tubing. Saddle valves frequently develop leaks after being in use. The professional plumber on this venue all recommend against their use.
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  4. thezster

    thezster New Member

    Jul 18, 2005
    Retired young... day trade stocks - and to keep bu
    Fort Collins, Colorado
    Gary is right on... but - if you decide against a proper re-do --- yes, the pvc will crack.... been there, done that - in my early days as a DIYer....
  5. gideon

    gideon New Member

    Aug 12, 2005
    thanks for the FAST reply. I figured the plastic would crack. I can put in a valve but my kit has plastic tubing so I'm not too sure about what to do there. I should probably run some copper tubing directly to the valve on the back of the refrigerator.

    thanks again!!!

  6. plumguy

    plumguy New Member

    Jul 15, 2005
    No, saddle valves are not recommended and actually are illegal around here.
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2005
  7. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    You need to check carefully what type of pipe it is. It should not be the white PVC. It should be the off-white colored CPVC. The valves, fittings, and glue are different.
  8. plumber1

    plumber1 Plumber

    Aug 7, 2005
    Saddle valves

    Don't Use A Saddle Valve!!!!!!
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