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Compression Olives

In the world of plumbing, the importance of the compression olive cannot be overstated. These small yet vital components are vital for establishing a strong, leak-free joint for your Compression Fitting. Whether you're a seasoned plumbing professional or a DIY enthusiast, you'll find compression olives to be indispensable in your toolkit.

Quality You Can Trust

At PlumbHQ, quality is not just a buzzword; it's a commitment. We source compression olives that meet all of the industry standards; the olives we supply are manufactured to BS EN 1254 and are WRAS Approved. You can trust these pipe olives to perform exceptionally well in any scenario involving compression fittings. From fixing a minor leak in your kitchen sink to installing a complex heating system in a commercial building, these olives are designed to excel.

Sourced from the Best Manufacturers

We understand that the quality of a compression olive can have serious implications on your plumbing project. That's why we source our olives from the best manufacturers in the industry. We scrutinise every detail, from the material used to the manufacturing process, so you don't have to worry about the quality.

Versatility Across Applications

One of the standout features of these compression olives is their versatility. When used with the compression fittings we supply, they are suitable for a wide range of applications - water, gas, domestic, commercial, and even industrial. This makes them a go-to choice for plumbers and DIYers alike, offering a one-size-fits-all solution for various plumbing tasks.

Shop with Confidence at PlumbHQ

We take immense pride in offering high-quality, WRAS Approved compression olives that you can rely on for any plumbing project. With our fast and free shipping options, getting your hands on these essential components has never been easier. So why wait? Make your next plumbing project a resounding success with compression olives from PlumbHQ.

Understanding Compression Olives

What Is a Compression Olive

The compression nut, compression olive and fitting all work together to create a watertight seal against the copper pipe.

Compression olives, commonly known as "olives" in plumbing, play a crucial role in joining pipes with compression fittings. These small, brass or copper o-rings are used with Compression Fittings when joining pipes together.

As you can see in the image, the olive sits over the pipe, but between the Compression Nut and the body of the Compression Fitting. When the nut of the Compression Fitting is tightened, the olive is compressed against the pipe, biting into the surface of the pipe to create a watertight seal. As the olive has "bitten" into the surface of the pipe, it also secures the fitting in place, creating a stable and long-term connection.

Copper Or Brass Olives?

Compression olives are typically made from either brass or copper, and each material has its own set of advantages. Brass olives are known for their durability and hardness. On the other hand, copper olives are softer and more pliable. Both compress well against a pipe.

There are differing opinions on which material is best suited for use as an olive. However, ultimately, the choice of olive is usually determined by the manufacturer of the Compression Fitting. For such a critical part of the fitting, they generally recommend using their specific design of olive in conjunction with their fitting to ensure a reliable and watertight seal.

The Importance of Quality

There is a lot of science behind the design of the the compression pipe olive. It is the backbone of the compression fitting, playing the most crucial role in securing the joint and ensuring a watertight seal. The manner in which the olive compresses against the pipe is vital for the joint's integrity. It can vary based on the material and the design profile of the pipe olive. Some manufacturers even add grooves to better control the way olive compresses. There's more to these pipe olives than you might think!

Luckily, you don't have to worry about any of this. At PlumbHQ, quality product is of upmost importance and as such we handle all of this for you. We make sure your pipe olives are coming from the best manufacturers.

WRAS Approval

WRAS approval is essential for compression olives as they come into direct contact with drinking water.

Manufacturing Standards

Compression fittings, and therefore pipe olives, have to be manufactured to the BS EN 1254 standard to comply with regulations. This standard defines the wall thicknesses, operating pressures, materials used and more.

High Quality Materials

The material used to make the olive can affect how it compresses around the pipe. In this way, you should be concerned that the material used is approved and of high quality to ensure the quality of your joint.

Frequently Asked Questions

A compression olive is a small ring, often made of brass or copper, used in plumbing. Positioned between the nut and the body of the fitting, it compresses against the pipe when tightened, forming a watertight seal.