How To Repair a PVC Pipe Leak
Most homes are equipped with PVC plumbing because it has a longer lifespan than copper and is generally maintenance free. Repairing a leak can often be done in just a few minutes with a couple tools and some supplies. After you've located the actual location of your leak, since water can travel a long distance along a pipe, wipe the area clean and look for the source. Once you've located the source, you'll be ready to follow these next repair steps. Make sure you've shut off the water supply to the pipe before getting started with these steps as well.
1. Determine Which Part Of The PVC Pipe Needs To Be Replaced.
The easiest way is to remove the piece of PVC pipe that needs to be repaired and replace it with a new pipe of similar length or style. If the fittings are glued into place, however, the damaged section of pipe will need to be cut out. You'll need to remove at least 1 inch of pipe on either side of the leaking area. Make sure the cut being made is a straight cut.
2. Dry Out The Pipes.
Each side of the repair area needs to be completely dry for the repair to take hold. Use a clean cloth to dry out the site. A hair dryer will also work for areas that are difficult to reach.
3. Dry Fit The Repair.
Take your new PVC pipe and dry fit the connections together to make sure they are positioned correctly. If not, then adjust the repair until the fit is correct.
4. Apply Primer To The Fittings.
All of the PVC fittings need to have primer on the outside of the pipe and the inside of the fittings. The primer will have a brush included to make this process easier. A thin coat of solvent is all that is needed.
5. Use The PVC Glue And Attached The Replacement Fittings.
Now all you've got to do is assemble your plumbing with glue on the fittings as you did with the dry fit. The glue will not affix itself on areas that have not been primed. Use a twisting motion to fit the pipes to provide better glue coverage. Then allow the site to dry before turning the water supply back on again. It may only take 15-30 minutes for the repair to completely dry. Once this occurs, restore water pressure and check for leaks. If there is a leak, start this process over from the beginning. Otherwise you've successfully figured out how to repair a PVC pipe leak.
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