Thank for help
First I want to make it clear I’m not a plumber by any means so I’m just gathering thoughts. The reason I’m asking this question is because of the rubber gasket within the Sharkbite connectory. Some have speculated that long term exposure to chlorine – which is in the US water supply – will eventually corrode the gasket leading to possible leakage from the fitting. I’m not sure the prevalance of this concern, however there are many videos on youtube that tend to address these concerns - hence my reason for asking.
My current installation wound be made in a basement past the backflow preventer with 1" copper pipe. Clearly the recommended method of joining the flow meter to the copper pipe is to use the Sharkbite fittings. I’m just inquiring if there is another alternate method – specifically one that may not include a rubber gasket and one that would not damage the flow meter during installation. I saw another post on the forums about replacement of the flow meter where original fittings were sharkbites. In this method, yet another sharkbite fitting needed to be applied in a different portion of the pipe, to allow for sliding of the original fitting to allow for replacement. I’m not sure the lifespan of this particular flowmeter, however considerations about future replacement is definitely a concern as with any technology. I also wanted to avoid damage of the flow meter during installation and avoid leaks if possible. My current setup is open, however if the basement is finished, most likely the pipe will be put behind drywall. Most of the recommendations regarding SharkBite fittings suggest never put these behind drywall or a location you don’t have access to at least through a panel door.
Thanks for any suggestions. It would helpful if there a proinstaller in my area to bounce questions like these to, however unfortunately this isn’t an available option.