A broken pipe is not only annoying; it can get pretty difficult to clean up the aftermath. Especially, if it’s a bathroom pipe or pipes holding sewage wastes. Also, if you take moral ethics into count, then a leaky pipe or a broken faucet means wastage of water. Not only is the constant drip-drip an annoyance but fixing a broken pipe can well be expensive in the long run. Plus the more water you waste, you’ll have a larger bill to clear eventually. Occasional drips or leaks can be easily fixed, but a major broken pipe will be harder to fix yourself.
This is why it is best to call in a plumber to fix your broken or leaking pipes. Not only are they experienced in this kind of work, but they will also be able to suggest the correct remedy for your broken pipes. Now broken pipes can be of all kinds. They can be inside your bathroom, outside in your garden, in your kitchen sink or even the water mains outside your house. Each problem has a different solution and this can be best judged by the plumber. After all, fixing the problem is one thing, but experimenting with it and then worsening the situation won’t actually help you.
Now some people don’t want to invest in a plumber, and in case you do want to fix the broken pipe yourself, it is best to read up on plumbing basics first. Household pipes are generally installed inside your wall cavity or under floorboards. Most problems occur near fixtures such as tubs, toilets and sinks, but sometimes it might just be the pipe that’s causing the problem. For instance, they might have a blockage, or become corroded or just become old and brittle. Pipes can be made of copper, cast-iron, brass, PVC plastic or galvanized steel.
You need to check inside the pipe to see the reason for its breakage and also to see if there is any kind of blockage inside. Use a pipe or wire brush to remove any residual blockage or debris first. Metal pipes can be fixed by soldering or using compression fitting and even by using flare nuts over them. Couplings are also helpful when it comes to fixing broken pipes. Read up on the kind of coupling that will fit on your pipes or ask the handyman to get some for you. Plastic pipe joints that are defected should be cut with a hacksaw or pipe cutter specifically.
Make sure you brace the joint to stop it from rotating and then use a sand paper or utility knife to remove ragged edges. Make sure you start with a dry fitting and use a pencil liner to mark the spot. Apply cement mix to both the inside and outside of the pipe and fit it immediately, using the marking for directions. Make sure you do it instantly or the cement will dry. For PVC pipes, apply PVC primer first and then start with the rest of the work. Always use proper precaution and the right tools and when it doubt, don’t hesitate to call for your plumber.