Saddle valve

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by Tabby411, May 30, 2006.

  1. Tabby411

    Tabby411 New Member

    Sep 21, 2004
    The saddle valve for my icemaker would not shut off completely so I had to remove it. I do not need the connection so I used a 1/2" x 3" pipe repair clamp. The clamp seems to be as safe if not safer than the saddle valve as far as leaks. I am sure a professional would sweat on a new coupling or valve but is there any evidence that these very sturdy feeling clamps fail over time if properly installed and tightened?

  2. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima WA
    Best thing to do with those saddle valves is to send them to the landfill. They are noted for their failure rate. They seem so simple and easy to use that the average homeowner thinks they're really great only to have grief later. The best thing to do is to cut the supply line, put in a tee and a ball valve. From the valve you need to get the necessary fittings to reduce the pipe size down to the icemaker supply line. Probably can do the job for under $15 for material.

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  4. Lakee911

    Lakee911 I&C Engineer (mostly WWTP)

    Aug 23, 2005
    I&C Engineer (mostly WWTP)
    Columbus, OH

    I think you should be fine, but saddle valves are just as sketchy as the repair clamps :) Gotta do what you gotta do...

  5. finnegan

    finnegan New Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    You might as well leave the repair clamp, but keep an eye on it. I would not finish your basement ceiling with the clamp on there.
  6. Tabby411

    Tabby411 New Member

    Sep 21, 2004
    The saddle valve didn't leak, it just wouldn't close all the way so it was useless as a valve and I do not need the icemaker connection. The clamp seems so much more substantial that it doesn't seem like it should leak ever. I know the best would be a sweat job if done right but getting it dry would be a big hassle because of where it is and the potential for more problems seems to be greater that way, expecially for a part time "plumber" like myself. I have soldered quite a few good joints where there was no real problems with wetness, if you know what I mean.

    I was mainly looking for any known failure of a properly installed quality clamp.
  7. Tabby411

    Tabby411 New Member

    Sep 21, 2004
    It won't be finished. Luckily, it is in the laundry room and right above where the drain is but a leak would still be a bad thing if I wasn't around. If it is good after a few days then it should be good for a long time, I figure. The saddle valve was there for over twenty years with no leaks and a lot less gasket coverage and "meat" to it.
  8. prashster

    prashster New Member

    Dec 7, 2005
    I had the same problem with our ice maker. Yep, our saddle valve lasted 20 years too. But when it started leaking, and I disassembled it, I wondered how it lasted 20 days, even.

    If the connection is in an open area, then it won't be any harder to fix 'properly' later than it is now. Sounds like it won't cause any damage if it leaks, either. You might as well stick with the easy fix for now.
  9. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    If you are concerned about it, there are fittings called "Sharkbites" that you could cut the pipe at the saddle valve's hole and then shove both ends into the Sharkbite coupling to seal it. This assumes you have enough movement in the pipe to pull it apart and then push it back together again.
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