Follow the below steps on how to remove a PEX clamp.
· Turn off he water supply. Locate the shut-off valve for the pipe that the PEX clamp is on. Turn the valve clockwise until it is completely closed. This will prevent any water from coming out of the pipe while you are working on it.
· Drain the water from the pipe. Open a faucet near the pipe to allow the water to drain out. You can also use a drain pan to catch the water.
· Locate the PEX clamp. The clamp is usually located near the end of the pipe. It may be a stainless steel pinch clamp or a crimp ring.
· Use a pair of pliers to bend the tabs on the clamp. If the clamp is a stainless steel pinch clamp, there will be two tabs on the side of the clamp. Use a pair of pliers to bend the tabs open. This will loosen the clamp and make it easier to remove. If the clamp is a crimp ring, nyou can use a flathead screwdriver to pry the ring open.
· Slide the clamp off the pipe. Once the tabs are bent open, you should be able to slide the clamp off the pipe. You may need to use a little bit of force to get the clamp off.
· Dispose of the clamp properly. You can recycle the clamp or throw it away.
Here are some additional tips how to remove a PEX clamp
· If the clamp is difficult to bend, you can use a flathead screwdriver to pry the tabs open.
· If the clamp is stuck, you can try heating it up with a heat gun or hair dryer. This will make the plastic more pliable and easier to remove. Another way is using a torch to heat up the fittings and make them come off effortlessly. But be careful with the torch method, especially if you’re dealing with plastic fittings, as you don’t want to damage any internal
· Be careful not to damage the PEX pipe while you are removing the clamp.
· Once the clamp is removed, you can dispose of it properly and then reconnect the pipe.
Mechanical tools required to remove a PEX clamp
· A pair of pliers. This is the most common tool used to remove PEX clamps. The pliers should be able to grip the tabs on the clamp and bend them open.
· A flathead screwdriver. This can be used to pry the tabs on the clamp open if the pliers are not strong enough.
· A heat gun or hair dryer. This can be used to heat up the plastic clamp, making it easier to remove.
· If you are removing a stainless steel pinch clamp, you may also need a hacksaw to cut the tabs off the clamp.
It is important to note that removing a PEX clamp without the proper tools can damage the pipe. If you are not comfortable removing the clamp yourself, you should call a professional plumber.
Here are some other tools that may be helpful
A drain pan. This can be used to catch any water that drains out of the pipe while you are working on it.
Safety glasses. These will protect your eyes from any flying debris.
Work gloves. These will protect your hands from the sharp edges of the tools and the pipe.