Subfreezing temperatures can easily freeze water pipes and cause them to break. Eventually, the pipes will thaw either because the temperature warms up a little or you have placed a space heater in the area where the pipes have become frozen. Once the water starts to run, you may find that ice in a pipe has broken it. You'll have to shut the water off again until you can get a plumber over to fix the pipe. During spells of subfreezing temperatures, waiting for a plumber can take a few days since other people are having plumbing emergencies, too, and they will be busy. However, you can temporarily fix the pipe to restore the water flow to your home. Here is how an average homeowner can temporarily fix a burst pipe going to the sink.
You Will Need:
You need to cut out the section of pipe that has burst open. Don't worry about causing more damage since the plumber would also need to cut out the burst section to make their repair. Place the pipe cutter on the pipe on one side of the broken section of pipe and tighten the handle down on it as you spin it around the pipe. You tighten the handle after each spin around the pipe. Within a few spins, the blade on the pipe cutter will cut through the pipe. Now, cut the pipe on the other side of the burst section. Remove the burst section.
Find the Right Hose
You want to replace the burst section of pipe with a rubber hose. The rubber hose has to be big enough to slide over the ends of the pipe and strong enough to handle the pressure once you turn the water back on. A section of a thick garden hose will work. However, if you are unsure and you have to go to the hardware store to get a pipe cutter and hose clamps anyway, have them advise you on what type of hose to buy.
Install the Hose
Place the hose clamps onto the pipe before you install the hose section. Slide the hose over the ends of the cut pipes to fill the gap caused by the burst section. Slide the clamp over the hose so it is both over the hose and over the pipe. Tighten the clamps down hard with a screwdriver. Make sure both ends of the hose are firmly clamped to the pipes.
Turn the Water On
Slowly turn the water on and look for leaks coming out of the ends of the hose. If there are leaks, tighten the clamps until they stop. This fix will hold until the plumber arrives and can properly fix the pipe.
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13 December 2016
Hi and thanks for visiting my website. My name is Bob. I am 32 years old and single. And like many of you, I am barely making ends meet on my own. That's why I decided to create this website. I've run into a few plumbing problems in my home, and in order to save money, I found some remedies that I could do myself, rather than calling a plumber. I decided to share these secrets with you, as well as tell you when a plumber is absolutely needed. I hope my website helps all of you do-it-yourselfers when it comes to fixing your plumbing.