Some homes have copper plumbing while others use PVC, a plastic-like material. This type of plumbing is less expensive than copper and offers an easy approach to installation as well as no risk of corrosion. It is also simple to repair a PVC pipe when a leak or a break has occurred. If you've recently had issues with your PVC pipes in the home, here are steps you can take to fix it yourself.

Finding The Leak

Before you can fix your pipe, you must locate the source and area of the leak. Since water can travel long distances before you can find the source of the problem, you will need to determine where you think it is happening. Once you have an idea of where the leak is, wipe the pipe completely dry with a clean towel and look carefully until you find the dripping area of the pipe. Once you've found it, you will need to determine which pieces to replace as well as the total length of the replacement PVC pipe. 

Prepping For Repair

Before you begin any kind of plumbing repair, you should turn off the water supply into the home. Look for the shut off valve which will be located either outside or inside your home, depending on the way your plumbing is set up. Next, gather the tools you'll need to perform the repair. You should have your replacement pipe and fittings, a wrench, bucket, a PVC pipe cutter, and a special PVC primer and glue at the ready. 

Remove The Damaged Pipe

Place a bucket underneath the pipes before you cut them to catch the escaping water. Using the PVC cutters, remove about one inch of the pipe on each side of the leak you've found. Hold the jaws of the cutter at a ninety-degree angle and cut through the pipe straight away. Do this for both sides of the pipe and use a wrench to help loosen it. Let the water on each side of the removed pipe drain completely. Be sure to thoroughly dry the cut pipe inside and outside with a clean dry cloth. Before you put the replacement pipe in, fit it into position to ensure it's the correct length and size before you add the glue.

Installing The Replacement Pipe

When you're ready to put the new pipe in permanently, apply primer to the inside and outside of the replacement piece of pipe. Use a brush to do this; most primer kits come with their own. Next you will need to apply a coat of PVC glue to the inside and outside of one end of the new pipe with the brush and then insert the new pipe, using a gentle twisting motion. This will help ensure that the glue is distributed evenly inside the pipe. Your replacement piece will need to be slightly smaller in diameter than the original so that it can go directly inside the existing pipe and fit snugly. Hold the newly glued pipe in place for a few seconds, and then repeat the process for all ends and pieces of replacement pipe. You should allow the PVC glue to completely cure and dry for about twenty minutes or according to the manufacturer's specifications. Next, turn on the water and let it run through and check for leaks. This simple process should help you easily repair any leaks found in your home's PVC plumbing, and it can all be done yourself. 

However, if you feel you cannot accomplish any of these steps, contact a professional plumber, such as those at Clean Plumbers BY Phillip Maurici Plumbing Inc, for assistance.