The problem with PVC Sprinkler Line:
PVC Sprinkler Pipe is not only expensive but it’s also brittle and prone to cracking. If you have ever been to your local hardware store, you will see that they sell a variety of products such as caulking, caulk remover, caulk gun and even spray paint. You may wonder why these items are sold at different prices? Well, if you buy one item, you’ll pay much higher price than buying several other items.
The same goes for PVC fix. If you buy one, then you’ll end up spending more than if you buy a bundle. So remember that bundles are much cheaper than buying separate items.
PVC tube or pipe is readily available at any home improvement store. It comes in 10-foot sections and you will need a few of them, make sure you get enough. You will also need a coupler.
With a hacksaw, you can cut it to the length you want. The pipe coupler or ell is easy to cut and makes a good seal. You will also need some glue, sand and primer.
How to fix a cracked PVC pipe:
Before you get started, you should do some planning. Make sure you prepare your tools and materials before you start. You can save time and money by preventing accidents from occurring.
Step 1: Shut off the water
Before starting this fix, you need to turn off the water supplies. When you cut into the pipe, water will start leaking out, so it’s best not to do this on the floor. Instead, go to the basement and shut off the main water valve before beginning.
Shut off the main water valve before beginning.
Step 2: Cut out cracked section of pipe
The next step is to cut out the cracked section of pipe. You need a hacksaw to do this. Most of the time, the crack will be at the bottom.
This is because the weight of the pipe pushes down on it, which causes it to separate. Apply enough pressure when using the hacksaw to cut through the pipe. Try not to make any unnecessary cuts since this will waste time.
If you are not confident that you can do it yourself, ask for help.
Step 3: Clean the area
Using sandpaper or a wire brush, clean any remaining pieces of the old pipe off. This will ensure a good seal when you put the new one in.
Step 4: Apply the primer
There are a few different types of pipe repair kits. Some come with a primer, while others do not. If yours does, now is the time to apply it.
This is an important step in the fixing process because it will help create a tight fit for the new pipe. If the new pipe is not a tight fit, it won’t be long before it starts to leak again.
Step 5: Glue on the new pipe
After you have cleaned up the area, it’s time to put the new piece of pipe in its place. Apply a generous amount of glue around the top lip of the pipe joint. Slide the new pipe into place.
Keep sliding until the glue begins to ooze out from the bottom. Wipe off the excess with a damp cloth.
Allow the glue to dry for the time specified in the instructions, usually about 24 hours.
Step 6: Add the sand and primer
Once the glue has dried, it’s time to add the sand and primer. This is another important step because it helps the new pipe adhere to the old pipe and ensures a watertight seal. Take a handful of sand, and spread it evenly over the pipe joint.
Then apply some primer in the same fashion.
Wipe off any excess. You need a very thin coat, just enough to cover the pipe and fill in all the cracks.
Step 7: Glue the new part
The final step in fixing the cracked or broken pipe is to glue on the new part. This is similar to adding the primer and sand but instead of wiping off the excess, you simply glue it in place.
First, you have to make sure the glue is spread evenly over the part you are about to apply. Next, you slide it into place. Then you wipe off any excess glue.
You should wait at least 24 hours before using this pipe again.
If you follow these steps, your cracked pipe should be good as new.
Tips for Keeping Pipes in Good Condition:
PVC pipes are susceptible to cracks and breaks due to regular wear and tear. If you find that your pipes are becoming increasingly more susceptible to cracking, there are some things you can do to help prevent this.
Use a wet-vac to clear out the drain. – Doing this regularly will prevent any debris from clogging the drain. This extra step can be a big help in preventing cracks.
Don’t overload the pipes – This is pretty common sense, but many people don’t think about this. If there is too much pressure on a pipe, the stress can cause the pipe to crack.
Insulate pipes in crawlspaces and attics – Not everyone has their plumbing in the basement. If yours isn’t, be sure to take the time to protect those pipes as well.
If you follow these tips, you can prevent a lot of the common wear and tear that leads to cracked pipes.
Preventative maintenance is key to keeping your plumbing in tip-top shape.
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