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Old 05-14-2019, 12:47 PM   #1
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My home was built in 2005-2006 and push-pull water SOVs (Flow Tite?) were installed throughout. Given all the “bad” I’ve heard about these guys, i.e. their failure rate, and assuming cost is not an issue, is it worth the trouble to replace these valves? And, if so, what is best replacement? Compression fittings or “Shark-bite” style?
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Yes, they should be replaced. I install only compression but the sharkbite type connections are fine.
Also consider replacing the supply lines with braided flex
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I recently had to replace a push-pull (2002 house) that started leaking after I installed a bidet toilet seat for my wife. Sharkbite worked just fine. If it wasn't leaking I wouldn't have bothered replacing it, though.
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Yes, they should be replaced. I install only compression but the sharkbite type connections are fine.
Also consider replacing the supply lines with braided flex

Thanks , replacement seems the wise choice; I've just always had a reluctance to replace something that is still working fine, at least as of this afternoon.

And this leads to another consideration: what is the typical failure mode for these Push/Pull valves?..do they gradually being leaking as the O-ring degrades or is it more sudden, as in instant flood? Further comments on this concern will be appreciated. Thanks.
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I'm not sure, but I think the one I replaced started leaking from the swage at the end of the hose that was integrated with it. Just a few dribbles, but over time they added up, and I didn't wanna risk the hardwood floor in the P/R getting damaged.
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