How to Use Patch Kits to Fix Burst Water Pipes
A water pipe that has burst can do a considerable amount of damage, especially if taken for granted.
Skilled and well-equipped plumbers or highly-experienced DIY enthusiasts used to be the ONLY people who can fix such things, but things have changed since the creation of patch kits. Now, with these inexpensive solutions, anyone can fix a burst water pipe, provided, however, that it is not yet too broken to fix and that it is easily accessible to you.
Here are the steps to follow when using patch kits to repair burst pipes:
1. Find the leak and determine if it can be fixed with the patch kit. If the broken pipe can easily be reached without disarranging or removing certain fixtures and/or part of a wall in your home and if the problem is just very small, then go ahead and use the pipe patch kit. Otherwise, call a trusted plumbing company to fix the problem for you.
2. Sand the burst part of the pipe. Pipes are smooth, and by making the burst portion tactile, you make it easy to work on. Sand paper works, and you can rub it against the broken surface for a few minutes or until you have roughened up the broken surface and some parts surrounding the broken area.
3. Then get the patch kit and unroll it. Then check to ensure that it can be wrapped around the broken pipe without any interference. Do not wet the patch at this part of the process, as a wet patch bonds to a pipe quickly.
4. Once you have determined that you can wrap the patch around the pipe without problems, put your rubber gloves on, wet the entire patch, and wrap it around the pipe. To wrap the patch around the pipe, wrap it around the part that has burst, then move outward. Make sure that you go two inches past the broken part of the pipe and that it is wrapped tightly. Wrap back to the burst part of the pipe, going over and then two inches past to the other direction. Keep on doing the aforementioned steps until you no longer have any patch to use.
5. Press the patch with your hands to ensure the tightness of the bond between the pipe and the patch. Then let the patch dry.
Note: When doing this task, make sure that you wear the surgical rubber gloves included in the kit. These protect the skin from any harsh chemicals on the patch.