A burst pipe is a common plumbing issue almost all homeowners face at some point. Burst pipes are commonly caused by water pressure as a result of clogs. Another common cause of burst pipe is freezing pipes. When water inside a pipe freezes, it expands, causing the pipe to burst. Burst pipe can lead to flooding and should be fixed as soon as possible. Burst pipes can easily be avoided by doing regular maintenance and repairs.
You don’t have to be an expert in order to repair a burst pipe. All you need are the right equipment and the right information. Read this article with easy to follow instructions on how to repair a burst pipe in your property.
You don’t need advanced plumbing skills to fix a burst pipe — just some soldering equipment. And by adding a stop and waste valve, you’ll be going a long way toward ensuring that the pipe doesn’t freeze again. Here’s what to do:
Materials and Tools:
- mini copper-pipe cutter
- steel wool
- lead-free solder
- soldering paste
- torch kit (torch and striker)
- good ½-inch copper pipe
- stop and waste valve
- ½-inch copper fittings
As I have mentioned above, one of the main causes of burst pipe is when water inside the pipe freezes. The pressure from the ice and flowing water causes the pipe to burst and water to leak everywhere.
If you are worried about having a burst pipe in the winter, here is good news. I found a simple hack that will save your pipes from freezing and bursting during the winter. This tip comes from Lifehacker.com, and it is super easy and effective. All you have to do is to let water run through the pipes at a trickle. This may not be a long term solution to prevent bursting pipes but it can be a good way to keep pipes from freezing and bursting, while you are still unable to get professional help.
Here is the article from Lifehacker teaching you how to prevent burst pipes in freezing weather.
Below freezing weather means you should take steps to winterize your home. This Old House recommends you keep pipes that run through an exterior walls from bursting by letting water run through them at a trickle.
When you do this, use a string to keep the sound of a dripping faucet from annoying you. This probably isn’t an ideal long-term solution—in the future, you can take preventative steps like adding more insulation to attics, crawl spaces, and basements—but it will keep those pipes from freezing when things get dicey. With professional help, you can also relocate the pipes within your home.
Hopefully, these tips on burst pipes repair in Washington DC will help you fix any burst pipe in your property. Should you need professional help, call Plumbers 911 Washington DC at 1-877-7-4LEAKS to schedule a service! Don’t forget to read this article that will teach you how to repair a leaking copper pipe.
Also, you may want to check out this video with tips on how to avoid frozen and burst pipes.