Fix a Burst Pipe

How to Fix a Burst Pipe

In cold weather, people are rightly concerned about burst pipes and how these might be fixed. Most people will lag external pipes and anywhere else there might be a concern that pipes will be affected by the weather. Pipes always seem to burst at the most inconvenient times, when a professional may not be available. Under these circumstances, you need to take action that will provide a quick, but often temporary fix.

Finding a plumber at short notice is not easy, and some callout services are so expensive that burst pipes and other plumbing problems are a worry. If you can manage to handle this emergency without the assistance of a plumber, you could prevent a lot of water damage and save yourself a large amount of money in the process. This article provides information on how to fix a burst pipe, particularly when you can’t get an emergency plumber.

First Actions

As soon as you discover a burst pipe, the first thing you need to do is to find the valve from which the water emanates and turn it off. Once you have done that you need to locate the main water valve or stopcock and switch off the water altogether.

Quick Fix

If the leak is no bigger than a pinhole, you might be able to salvage things by wrapping duct tape around the pipe, as adding pressure to the leak can stop the flow until you can fix it properly. How long this quick fix will last depends on the size of the leak and the water pressure once you have switched it back on. This is often a temporary fix, because there is not enough pressure in the tape to prevent the leak from springing again.

Wood, Rubber, and the C-Clamp

Another quick fix plumbing job for a small leak can be achieved with a block of wood and a piece of rubber, and what is referred to as a C-clamp. As with any other task involving your water supply, you first need to switch your water off at the mains. Once the water is switched off, you place the rubber tubing around the faulty pipe.

When the rubber is in place, you need to put the block of wood on top of it. After this is done, you need to open the C-clamp until it is wide enough to fit around the width of the pipe, and on the opposite side to where the actual leak is, and position the screw part of the clamp next to the wood. Tighten the screw as far as possible; this may be all that you need to do for some leaks.

For larger leaks you may need a sleeve clamp, made from two pieces of metal that together form a circle. Place these around the leak like a sleeve, and then tighten with a screwdriver. Use these methods to fix a leak and you could save yourself a lot of money.

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