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A burst pipe is one of the most frustrating things that can happen in your home.

There can be several reasons, including freezing temperatures, heavy rains and faulty piping. Sadly, sudden pipe bursts can lead to a huge mess, and it can be challenging to figure out how to fix such leaks with all that water gushing.

Ways Fix Burst Water Pipe

If you’re lucky, you can shut off the water before too much damage is done. However, if the pipe is already splitting, you may need to take additional steps to prevent further damage. We will discuss all the ways to fix burst pipes in the section below so that you stay prepared.

5 Ways To Fix A Burst Water Pipe

1. Replacing It With A New Pipe

First, you must turn off the water supply to the burst pipe, preventing further damage by stopping the water flow entirely. Then, look at it and see if you can identify the source of the leak.

If the leak is in a joint or fitting, you may be able to replace the damaged portions. However, if the pipe is damaged, you must remove it and replace it with a new pipe.

Once you have mended the leak, you must turn the water back on and check for other leaks. If you find any, ensure that all the fittings and the popes have been appropriately installed. Burst pipes can be a pain, but your DIY plumbing skills can come in handy to fix them before they flood your home.

2. Using A Rubber Gasket

One of the most effective temporary solutions is to place a small piece of rubber gasket over the leak. Then, secure a hose clamp (or multiple clamps, depending on the leak size) around the gasket. This will help take some stress off the damaged portion and prevent further leaking.

But remember that this is only a short-term solution, and you’ll need to call a plumber to fix the burst pipe properly.

3. Applying Epoxy Putty

If the leak isn’t too big, you can temporarily use epoxy putty.

For the unversed, epoxy putty is a two-part mixture that hardens into a strong, waterproof seal once applied. Mix the two components provided in the package and use them.?

We’d suggest choosing an epoxy putty formulated for the same material as your pipe for best results, and avoid using a plumber’s putty, which is only for sealing joints. The putty will form an excellent barrier until a professional can repair the burst pipe properly. Remember that epoxy putty is not a permanent fix, so you must keep the water turned off until it cures (usually a few hours).

Lady Repairing Sink Drain

4. Eliminating Damaged Piping

Once the water supply is shut off, you can remove the damaged piping from each side of the leak. You may only need to cut out half an inch of the pipe for a pinhole leak. However, for a bigger leak, mark 1 inch (2.5 cm) of the pipe on either side of the damage and cut them out with a pipe slice or pipe cutter.

After this, you can repair or replace the pipe and turn the water back on.

5. Breaking Through A Wall

If you have a burst piper inside the wall, you must access it to repair the damage. Such leaks are usually detected through wet spots on the wall or a gurgling sound from behind them.

Depending on where the leak is located, this may be a simple case of removing a section of drywall or other material. However, if the break is behind a finished surface, such as tiles, you must take more drastic measures.

This may include drilling holes through the finished surface to reach the break. Although you must patch the holes after repairs, it is often the quickest and easiest way to assess the damage.

Another option is to remove the finished surface entirely. This will give you direct access to the pipe; however, it will create more mess, and you may need to repair the entire wall after the work.

Things That Will Make Fixing A Burst Water Pipe Easier

1. Know Where The Water Shut-Off Valve Is

Ensure you know where the water shut-off valve is located in your home. This will help minimise the water damage before fixing the broken pipe.

2. Spot The Leak

If the pipe is leaking, locating the source is one of the most important things to be done. This will help you determine how to access the pipe best and make the repair.

3. Keep All Necessary Tools Handy

As a rule of thumb, you should keep some (or all) of the tools and materials in the vicinity, as you can’t predict a burst pipe. This will help you avoid wasting time running around to gather the supplies.

On that note, you will usually need the following to repair burst copper pipes:

  • Emery cloth
  • Pipe cutter
  • Gas or propane torch
  • Solder
  • Plumber’s brush and flux

If you are repairing plastic piping, you will need the following:

  • Gloves
  • Rags
  • PVC pipe cutters
  • Solvent cement
  • Primer
  • Safety goggles
  • Couplings

If the leak is behind a wall, you will need a utility knife and drywall saw to get to it. New wood planks or cement may be required to level the area once the work is done.

4. Turning On The Water

After you have repaired the broken pipe, turning the water back on slowly is essential. If you switch on the water supply to its full potential in one go, the sudden increase in water pressure may cause irreparable damage to the repaired portion or the entire plumbing system.

Fixing A Burst Water Pipe

Aside from the abovementioned methods, you can use a rubber piece to seal the leak. This can be done in small leaks where changing the entire pipe is unnecessary. Also, it is essential to insulate your pipes well to reduce the risk of bursts.

Another suggestion is to allow air to enter any cabinet with pipes, like the ones below the sinks. When you keep these cabinet doors open, warm air flows in, keeping the pipes dry and safe.

Again, it’s always best to call for a professional plumber for any severe plumbing damages or issues.

Ashley Woolf

Ashley Woolf

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