Taher Brothers: Home remedies for broken pipes
There are different ways to fix your pipes. One, you can start calling the professionals and leave them to do the dirty work for you, or you can fix it if you’re willing to learn how to do it yourself.
Here at Taher Brothers, we will show you how to deal with your leaking pipe problems starting from some quick and easy remedies that anyone can do down to the more complicated solutions. If you’re down to fix your pipes now, then be our guest and see what you can do to fix your pipes here at Taher Brothers!
Fixing pipes 101 with Taher Brothers!
If you ask any homeowners what problems they hate dealing with the most in their homes, they will probably tell you it’s water leaks. These problems are stubborn and cost a lot of money to deal with, especially if you’re going to leave it up to the professionals.
If you can do it at home by yourself, then why not take time to learn the skill? Besides, it’s a handy skill to learn how to fix pipes. Who knows when an emergency might happen? Let our professionals at Taher Brothers show you how to fix your pipes below:
Water leaks, especially damages on pipes buried beneath the wall, can usually be noticed through a wet patch on your wall particularly the joint between the wall panels. It will leak for a few days like that and then it will burst. So, what you need to do is to shut the water supply off straight from the main valve.
If the water is dripping from the ceiling, it might be directly above. Remember that water can travel along the interior framing member and joist of your walls and ceiling, making it harder to find the leak so you need to be careful before hammering a hole in your wall to fix water leaks.
The solution: Permanent and temporary
Water leak problems are hard to deal with, but there are some things that you can do to prevent further damage. Let us show you a list of solutions:
To temporarily fix a leak with a pipe clamp
Step 1: Shut off the main valve controlling the water flow
It is hard to predict which pipes are actually leaking, especially if it is covered by the wall. However, you need to stop further spilling of water else your bill will get higher and your wall will receive more damage.
What you can do to temporarily deal with the problem is to turn off the main valve until you find a permanent solution to your leak problem.
Step 2: Apply a pipe repair clamp
A pipe repair clamp is a tool used to temporarily hold the pipe from leaking by centring a rubber sleeve over the leaking part of the pipe and bolting it with your two-part clamp. If you are in a pinch and don’t have a repair clamp, you can also use an adjustable hose clamp or C clamp, whichever is available in your toolbox.
Permanent fix for the leaking section of your wire
You’re going to have to fix the problem eventually. A temporary solution can only do so much and further damage will happen if you let it be. If you aren’t sure where to start, look for the problem first.
A leak can be noticeable from a spraying sound so listen carefully and follow where the sound is. If this is not working, look for the wet patch in the wall cavity in between the wall studs. Take a good look at the leak and see if it is coming from above or below the wall before you break it down and start with your repair.
Take note that the repair may involve cutting out and replacing the damaged part of the pipe so make sure that you have cutting tools like a tubing cutter and a straight coupling for the replacement pipe to stick together.
Look for a straight coupling that doesn’t have a tube stop so the coupling can slide easily into the pipe until the replacement piece is placed in position. You might also want to include a soldering supply in your tool kit along with a torch to seal the coupling in the pipes.
Step 1: Turn off the valve
This is the most important part of every leak repair. You can’t continue fixing the damage while your water is running. First, it will be a waste. Second, it will be a mess. And lastly, it is distracting so turn it off as soon as you see the damage in your water system. You can shut down the valve specific to the tubes, but shutting off the main valve would be more effective.
Once you’ve turned down the main valve, turn on your faucet or hose until all the remaining water in the pipes are drained.
Step 2: Cut open the wall
If the pipe is buried under your wall, you must accept the inevitable and cut open a portion of your wall to get access to the pipes. Make sure to prepare drop cloths since this is going to be messy. Once you’ve prepared your tools. Draw a layout of the vertical cuts that you are going to do on your wall.
With the pattern done, grab your utility knife or reciprocating saw and start making the cuts directly above the pattern you drew. Be careful not to cut into any electrical wires or pipes. Wear a construction glove if you must.
Once you are done, remove the cut-out section of your wall and save it for later. If it is wet, leave it out to dry outside.
Step 3: Remove the damaged section of the pipe
Locate the leaking part on your pipes and make two cuts on each side of it. There should be a distance of about 10 to 12 inches from the two cuts with the leak sitting in between.
Use a small tubing cutter or a metal blade in your reciprocating saw depending on the location of your pipe. If it is located somewhere narrow with a few other pipes around it, it would be best to use the small tubing cutter. If it won’t affect other wires or pipes, feel free to use the metal cutting blade.
Measure the distance between the two cuts that you’ve made on the leaking pipe then cut the replacement piece about ¼ inch shorter so it can fit easily in between your old pipes.
Step 4: Apply flux to all of the pipe ends
Once you’ve finished fitting and joining the pipes, sand it with fine wet sandpaper to polish the cut ends that you made and remove the burrs around the area. Use flux to make it even smoother and glue together the old pipe with the new pipe.
Step 5: Test fit the coupling
Test if the coupling fits your pipes well by sliding it onto the pipe. Make sure that it isn’t too tight or loose. It needs to be the perfect fit. There should be two couplings for both ends of the replacement pipe.
Step 6: Solder the top coupling
To solder the top coupling with the existing and the replacement pieces, you need to use a soldering iron that will weld both ends of the pipes together, creating a more durable bond between the pipes.
Make sure that you begin your soldering on the top fitting. Prepare for any emergency and have a fire extinguisher ready nearby. Avoid the flame as much as possible.
Step 7: Solder the bottom coupling
Just like what you did with the top coupling, you must also solder the bottom coupling to the pipes using pretty much the same technique. Once you have soldered the couplings, allow them to cool for about an hour then turn the water back on through the main valve. Take note to close all of the faucets you’ve turned on while draining the pipes.
Don’t panic when the water doesn’t come out immediately. It will take time for the air to be purged from the pipes before you can use the water again. Give it five minutes!
Step 8: Repair the wall
Now that you’ve had your pipes fixed, you can’t just leave your wall looking like a mess. Patch the wall up with the same piece that you took out at the beginning of your project. Add a couple of blocks of wood behind the wall so you can have something to nail the removed part to.
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