If you have a pipe in your house burst, it can be a scary experience. Water damage can cost thousands of dollars if it’s not caught quickly, and even if it is, you might be without water until you can have it fixed. Plumbers are very expensive, and you never truly know when they will be able to come and fix your problem. Luckily there are things you can do to fix your own pipe, provided you have confidence in your abilities.
Plumbing has changed over the years, lead solder is usually not a concern in houses today, but if your plumbing is old, you might want to check to see if any of your pipes are held together with lead, if you’re sure that none of them are, you can start the replacing of the leaking section.
If your section is leaking at the end of a pipe that is no longer used, you could just cap off the end. To do this simply cut off the bad section of pipe and clean up the end. Once the end is clean take the piece you cut off and go to your local store that sells plumbing supplies. If you simply guess you could end up buying the wrong size. You can usually use a PEX tubing cap which is designed for plastic pipes, but also fits copper. A PEX cap fits onto the end of the pipe and tightens closed with the water pressure, this is great for installing, as it does not need adhesives, or solder. If you have to use a traditional copper cap, you will have to buy solder or special adhesives to connect the pipes.
If you have a pipe that is necessary for your home and can not just be capped off you will have to replace a section. However, the section you replace can be very small. Simply take your pipe cutter and cut the small section of pipe just outside the leak. This will give you a small section with the leak and two ends of pipe. Now all you will have to do is connect those two pieces of pipe. You can do this with either the PEX connectors, or a copper connector. Remember to bring the small section you cut off with you in order to buy the right size. If you chose to buy the PEX connector simply clean both ends of the pipe, and slip them both into the connectors. This should lock them into place and fix the leak. If however you bought the copper connector, you will need to solder them together in order to keep them from splitting apart.