How to Repair a Burst Pipe


Megan WildDoes the thought of a burst pipe have you cowering in fear and thinking you'll turn into Curly from The Three Stooges? It shouldn't. Yes, a broken pipe is going to cause a bit of a mess. In fact, a huge mess, but that doesn't mean you can’t put on your handyman hat and take care of the situation.

First step: Don't panic.

Second step: Turn off the main water to stop the flow. (It helps to know where the main water line is for your house!)

Once the water has stopped and you've cleaned up whatever flood surrounds the broken pipe, you're ready to get to work. How you'll repair the pipe depends on the nature, size, and location of the fracture.

Here are some examples of how to repair a burst pipe:

A Split-Pipe Fix

A split-pipe is just that — a split-pipe. Think of a peapod breaking open. The perfect way to replace a split-pipe is to use a cut-and-paste coupling. By using pieces of pipe that have already been cut and fitted with a coupling at either end, a coupling allows you to mend the break.

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