Pipes, Valves and Fittings: Everything you need for your plumbing project in one place

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The plumbing and heating industry is undergoing significant change. Whether it’s because of the drive for greater sustainability, responses to the skills shortage, or shifting to meet changing customer demands, installers are turning to trusted products to overcome industry-wide challenges and deliver quality results on every plumbing project.

For more than seven decades, RWC has been supporting installers through its familiar family of brands – including Reliance Valves, JG Speedfit, and JG Underfloor – facilitating the delivery of reliable solutions from a single source.

Pipes: choosing the right pipe for your plumbing project

When it comes to pipe, the plastic vs. copper debate has been hotly debated, but to consistently deliver quality on every plumbing project, installers are increasingly turning to plastic.

Using plastic pipe on your projects can have many benefits, including improving reliability and flexibility. The ability to install long pipe runs, for instance, can simplify requirements on each job while having the added benefit of reducing the volume of connections – in turn strengthening systems and reducing the potential for leaks.

Providing the versatility required for individual applications, different types of plastic pipe are available to suit both hot and cold applications. Typically supplied in coils, products such as ultra-flexible JG LayFlat pipe are available in a variety of sizes and lengths, making them suitable for all types of installations – from central heating and UFH through to bathrooms, kitchens and first-fix new build projects.

While JG LayFlat delivers the flexibility to handle a broad range of installation needs, PEX barrier pipe from JG Speedfit provides the ideal solution where straight and slightly more rigid pipe runs are required.

Close up shot of plastic and copper pipe.

Fittings: Using push-fit to improve efficiency

While plastic pipe provides the versatility to handle the individual demands of plumbing projects, connections also need to be a key consideration to ensure end-to-end reliability on every installation. With push-fit technology a prominent feature of JG plastic pipes, push-fit fittings can help installers to strengthen systems.

Engineered to high standards to deliver consistent performance, Twist & Lock® fittings are designed to provide a tight grip that is simple to install and demount – without the need for tools or soldering. As well as securing every connection by enhancing the seal between the pipe and fitting, push-fit fittings also save installers valuable time and improve safety on site.

man holding Easifit TMV

Valves: Secure the performance of your plumbing project with the right valves

Alongside plastic pipe and the fittings that make them secure, installers also need to consider the valves that inform consistent, efficient and reliable performance. By controlling the flow and temperature of water throughout a system, valves play an integral part in successful plumbing and heating systems – despite typically being hidden and out of sight.

To support installers and remove the complexity of valve installation, some of the valves within the Reliance Valve range feature JG Speedfit push-fit technology. On the job, this makes installation quick and easy, simplifying fitting even in hard-to-access places, such as under sinks.

Just as JG Speedfit pipes and fittings are designed to deliver in a broad range of applications, so too are valves from Reliance Valves. From the Nickel-Plated Lever Ball Valve that supports maintenance by enabling parts of a system – or individual appliances – to be easily isolated, through to the Easifit Thermostatic Mixing Valve (TMV), Automatic Air Vent and Compact Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) that support efficient and reliable performance, Reliance Valves with JG Speedfit connections helps installers to get every system installation right.

Having pipes, valves and fittings that you can rely on, from a supplier you can trust, is essential for success. Ensure you’re getting products you can rely on today and in the future from our family of brands, so you can get everything you need in one place.

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Lee Halstead

Technical Sales Engineer - JG Speedfit/Reliance/SharkBite & JG Underfloor

About the author

As a seasoned professional in plumbing and heating, having earned City and Guilds Plumbing Craft and Advanced Craft certifications in 1991, I have dedicated myself to mastering the craft.

For over two decades, I operated as a self-employed plumbing and heating engineer, serving both residential and new build sectors.

In 2015, I transitioned into the role of a Technical Sales Engineer with RWC. In this capacity, I have leveraged my extensive field experience and technical knowledge to provide invaluable support and build strong relationships with customers. As a spokesperson for RWC, I am thrilled to share my expertise and promote the cutting-edge products and services we offer in the plumbing and heating industry.