How To: Fix A Busted Water Pipe

9 Jan

imagesIn the fridged weather most of the country has been experiencing this winter I’m sure the majority of households have had their pipes freeze, and some even had their pipes break under the pressure. No need to panic an call a plumber though. If your pipes are PVC, white/cream plastic I can give you some tips on how to fix it yourself.

1. First turn the water off. (We have well water so ours turns off via the water pump which is electric so we just go to the electric panel and switch that off.)

You’ll need to go to the lumber yard, or a store like Lowes or Home Depot and get a section of pipe that will replace the broken section. My lumber yard sells 2 in feet sections so I bought one of those. You’ll also need connector pieces. If the pipe is just straight then you need 2 standard connectors, if your pipe has a bend you’ll need a connector and an elbow. You also need to purchase a can of primer and a can of glue. If you don’t have a small hand saw you’ll need to buy one of those too.51R2gpHCJyL._SX300_jointingprocedures01

2. When you get home make sure everything is nice a dry and cut (saw) the pipe an inch or two above where it broke, on both ends. It will take a little time to cut out the section but it’s not difficult.

3. Once the old part is out dry the ends of the pipe that are left.

4. Use the purple primer on the new pipe, old pip, and connector pieces. You want to primer the area that will be glued together.


5. Put all the connectors together and make sure everything will fit, you may have to cut your new pipe shorter to fit in the pace of the broken pipe, just make sure the ends are all primed.This should only take a couple of sseconds to dry.

6. Once you make sure everything will fit back together nicely you can take it back apart and glue one end and one connector together and then glue that piece to one end of the old pipe.

7. Once that’s done glue the other side.

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**The glue should set up pretty quickly but I would honestly wait at least half an hour to an hour just to be sure.

8. Once your glue is all set up then you can turn the water back on!

Hope this was helpful, I think it’s really important (and pretty cool) if you can handle fixing small things on your own. Self-reliance ladies, self-reliance!

As always you’re welcome to ask questions!


6 Responses to “How To: Fix A Busted Water Pipe”

  1. January 9, 2014 at 10:34 PM #

    yeah! great advice I just had to fix a burnt switch in the electrical panel last night!

  2. Lydia January 10, 2014 at 2:13 PM #

    We had to do this few months ago in the kitchen. Tim’s Grandpa help us because he was small enough to get at the parts under the house. Being preggo I was exempt- there are advantages LOL We found out this week a hairdryer on washer lines unfreezes the issue, just takes awhile. Great Job James! Great things can happen with a little know how and determination!

    • jamielynnneal January 10, 2014 at 2:26 PM #

      Glad to hear your pipes were unfrozen thats such a pain! ❤

      • Lydia January 11, 2014 at 4:07 AM #

        I remember when I was college we had about a 10 inch snow fall one night. I had practicum to go to, so I use a saucepan as snow shovel. The school plow cover the car entirely. Its all I had. LOL Winter and I have a long history of not getting along. Lots of love, stay warm my dear. And yes, I was able wash diapers-must around here 🙂

      • jamielynnneal January 11, 2014 at 9:59 AM #

        That’s awesome lol

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