Pegler Yorkshire

Tue, 18 Apr 2017

4 reasons to use press-fittings on “live” construction sites

Well over half the work being carried out by heating engineers and contractors is on “live” sites, where traditional jointing methods can add extra workload in terms of paperwork and meeting health and safety requirements. Switching to modern press-fit jointing methods minimises on-site risks and means contractors can get on with the job in hand safely and quickly.

According to research, 69% of plumbing systems currently being installed are for the Repairs, Maintenance & Improvement (RMI) market (source: Ama Research). Healthcare and education are two of the sectors that traditionally dominate, and are forecast to be a significant part of the overall market to 2020. 

We asked our Market Manager – Press Systems, Amy Sedgwick for some tips for heating system contractors and engineers that would help them meet the growing demands of public sector specifiers and regulators while ensuring the very highest standard of plumbing work.


1               Hot works permit not required

Many service buildings (schools/hospitals/prisons etc) will not allow the use of a flame on site if the building is in use. If you look at the application form for a hot works permit – you soon get an idea of the huge amount of work that needs to be done to comply. It goes without saying that using VSH XPress or Tectite either gets rid of or minimises the work involved for all these points!

Fire protection systems need to be disabled and possibly extra security provided onsite.

A continuous fire watch needs to be in place.

There needs to be post installation supervision provided for a set period of time.

Personnel who are providing the fire watch need to be trained to do so.

Extra extinguishing equipment (extinguishers/hose reels) needs to be in the immediate vicinity.

Adequate ventilation needs to be provided

Combustible materials (blankets, drapes, screens, curtains) need to be removed from the area.

Surfaces (walls, ceiling, flooring) need to be protected from sparks

Hazardous materials need to be removed (blowtorches, flux, solder etc) once the work has been completed and the area checked.


2               No need to dry out system

Press-fit methods don’t require the system to be dried out so you can install wet. This saves a lot of time when you are working on a RMI project!


3               Same length of guarantee as a traditional system

In fact, on some projects Pegler Yorkshire’s Warranty Plus gives a 25-year guarantee. It means we work on projects from the initial design stages to provide value engineering solutions incorporating Tectite, XPress and valves solutions. We also provide complete training for the installation team which all adds up to give the specifier added peace of mind!

4               Happier, healthier workforce!

Bit of a strange one but... 35,000 cases of work-related skin disorders are diagnosed every year (source: HSE) mostly by workers coming into frequent contact with chemicals in their job. VSH XPress offers clean jointing with no need to use flux or solder (and that has additional benefits for water quality too!). Plus, you get a full bore with no solder build up – better flow rates and less pressure loss too! Win-win. 

We’d be interested to hear from any contractors or engineers who have made the switch to metal press-fit technologies, how do you find it?

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