Hints and tips for trouble-free Hep2O installation

These simple and effective precautionary steps will help you to avoid problems and ensure trouble-free installation of Hep2O. Do you have tips you’d like to share with other plumbers and installers? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.

How to look after your Hep2O pipe

The biggest potential problem you face when handling Hep2O pipe is damaging a pipe end, with the worst case scenario being a scratch deep enough to create a leak. Not good.

Taking a few precautionary measures can eradicate such problems. For example:

  • Retain Hep2O pipe in the protective packaging its provided in until you’re ready to use it
  • Never use an open-bladed knife to remove Hep2O pipe packaging
  • In the case of coiled Hep2O pipe, always use the shielded blade tool supplied (shown below) to slit the packaging around the inside of the coil. This enables the pipe to be drawn from the inside. The packaging then serves to contain the coiled pipe until the last metre

  • When threading Hep2O pipe through holes in stone, brick or block walls, always use a pipe sleeve or a small piece of foam pipe insulation to protect the pipe from the rough surface
  • Ensure exposed first fix pipe ends are protected from damage by using a temporary end protector. This also ensures no debris will enter the pipe
  • Avoid kinking the pipe during installation


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Handling and storage of Hep2O

Hep2O is a tough, durable system, but follow the simple guidelines below to ensure its performance isn’t impaired by poor storage.

  • Straight lengths of Hep2O pipe should be stored flat or stacked vertically
  • Coils may be laid on their side or edge
  • Pipe and fittings, wherever possible, should be stored in their original packaging
  • All Hep2O pipe and fittings should be protected from contact with petroleum and oil derivatives
  • Do not expose to UV light for prolonged periods
  • Avoid dragging the pipe along the ground or on other surfaces such as walls
  • When feeding pipe through holes in walls and brickwork pipe ends should be taped over, or an end cap should be used. These precautions will protect the pipe end from damage and also prevent debris entering the pipe
  • Care should be taken to avoid kinking the pipe during installation

How to keep your Hep2O fittings in optimum condition

Hep2O fittings can’t be taken apart, so few problems can arise, but some basic precautions are advisable:

  • Avoid dust and debris entering the fitting
  • Store materials in a secure place free from dust and dirt
  • Keep fittings in their bags until ready for use
  • If you’re re-using a fitting, spray a little Hep2O HX200 Jointing Lubricant onto the O-ring as shown below

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About the author

Karen Stables

Karen is the Marketing Communications Manager for the Hep2O Plumbing and Heating and Hepworth Clay brands. She has over 15 years’ experience working with in the plumbing, drainage and construction industry.

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