With clogged drains and frozen lines, burst pipes can quickly turn into a nightmare for home and business owners. Contacting a quality, emergency plumber is one way to make sure the problem gets fixed the right time. But, the first that needs to be done in any event is to shut off the water supply to that line. In some cases, you might have a valve for that specific pipe that has burst. In other cases, you may have to shut off the main water supply to the house. If you are dealing with cast iron piping, you definitely want to call a professional, because repairing them is very difficult and often near impossible. For PVC piping, you will probably end up replacing a larger section or even an entire line. With copper line, it is easier to patch a line.
Based on the type of pipe you are trying to repair, different tools will be necessary. If you do not normally handle plumbing repairs, there is a good chance you may need to purchase these tools yourself. Typical tools would include a pipe cutter (make sure it is rated for the type of material pipe you are working with, steel wool and lead free solder or PVC adhesive, soldering paste, torch kit and striker, a stop and waste valve, and pipe fittings.
When of the first things you will need to do, besides shutting off the water valve, is locate the leak. This may end up being a two person job, so one person can control flow from the valve while someone else observes the pipe. Next, cut out the bad pipe and file away any burrs. You want to be sure the burs do not fall into the pipe. Also, thoroughly clean the pipe at both ends and the new pipe to be installed. You will then need to assemble the new pipe and fittings. It is possible you will either solder on the new metal pipe or use the adhesive for the PVC piping. Be sure that there are not additional leaks or any sort of blockage in the line that is going to lead to more burst pipes. Remember, if the burst pipe is not properly fixed, it could easily lead to more issues. The leak could continues, even at a slower rate, going unnoticed for some time, causing water damage which could lead to rotted wood, damaged drywall and flooring, and even mold. Also, if the debris from pipe replacement falls into the pipe itself, you could end up with damaged faucets and appliances, which can be just another headache we would all rather avoid.
Bringing in a professional plumber means that you do not have to teach yourself a new skill or buy a bunch of new tools to fix plumbing. It means the job gets done properly the first time. The plumbing contractor will know how to test the lines and see if there are any other problems brewing which can help save a bunch of aggravation down the line. Find a plumber you are comfortable working with, that has the proper insurance and licensing, and that will treat your home as their own.
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