How To Replace A Broken PVC Pipe ?

By Scott Rodgers

When it comes to common plumbing repairs at your home, the replacement of pipes (copper or PVC) is one of the easiest task to undertake. A broken PVC pipe leads to excess wastage of water which in turn shows in your monthly water bills.

Never judge the intensity of the problem associated with the PVC pipes with the size of the crack on it. This is because even a smaller crack can broaden very quickly on account of regular usage.

Start assembling all the plumbing tools and equipments that would be required during the project. Common plumbing tools such as pipe wrenches, pliers and Teflon tape are a regular feature in any plumbing project. In addition this particular assignment would require a pair of channel lock pliers, a hacksaw and a sealant compound. You would also need a particular length of PVC pipe that would actually replace the broken PVC pipe.

Turn off the main water control valve which is located either in the basement or on the sidewalk of the home. Walk to the site and locate the crack on the PVC pipe that would be replaced. Mark down the length of the pipe that would be removed from the pipe. Make sure that a margin of about six inches is left on either side of the crack.

Place a large container or a bucket under the cracked PVC pipe so as to collect the water dripping down from the pipe. A rag or a cloth is just tied to the pipe to remove the water.

Start cutting one end of the pipe with a hacksaw and drain the water into the bucket or container. Once one end of the pipe is cut, detach the other end as well using the same method. Dissociate the pipe completely from the setup and take it to a hardware store to buy a replacement pipe. Make sure that you add the length of the couplings to the overall pipe length as well. Let the salesperson recommend you a new PVC pipe and associated couplings which should have a width similar to the old one.

Dry off the edges of the pipe to connect the couplings and apply a bit of sealant on the fixture. Let the sealant bind well to the setup. Next insert the new length into the couplings and again apply a liberal amount of sealant on both the ends of the pipe.

Call a professional to handle the complications involved in the project. - 29857

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