Water leak coming from water heater outlet pipe.

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  1. Jeremy Hibbler

    Jeremy Hibbler New Member

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    I have a water leak coming from what i believe the outlet pipe. I'm not exactly sure what the name of the part is. I am pretty handy with tools, and i did try to do a bit of research. However, most of the examples are with copper piping. Is this a shark bite connection?

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  2. Reach4

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    Not SharkBite. That is compression.

    I would try maybe another 1/4 turn or so of tightening, using two wrenches.

    There should be an insert in the PEX. If tightening doesn't do it, replace.
     
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  5. mliu

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    That does not look like PEX; it looks like gray polybutylene pipe. If so, you should consider repiping your home with PEX. Polybutylene is a disaster waiting to happen.

    Also, your water heater flue (gas vent) is dangerous and needs to be repaired and installed correctly. You're at risk for CO poisoning.
     
  6. Terry

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    No tape needed on the stainless flex. There will be a rubber washer there. If it's not leaking you can leave it.

    Polybutylene is the gray pipe. They make a PB to PEX sharkbite for that transition. PB is not the same diameter of the PEX or copper.

    The gas venting at top looks bad, for sure.

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