Quick Tips For Fixing A Burst Pipe With A Push-Fit Pipe Fitting

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Did a pipe just burst in your home and start causing water to come flooding in? If so, you're likely scrambling to figure out how to fix it. Thankfully, you can repair a burst pipe fairly quickly with a special part known as a push-fit pipe fitting. Here are some tips to get your copper or PEX plumbing patched.

The Fitting

One of the easiest ways to fix a burst pipe is with a push-fit pipe fitting. What makes this part so easy to use with copper pipes is that you do not have to do any soldering to make the repair. The fitting slides over the pipe so you do not need to use a lot of tools to get the job done. Push-fit pipe fittings also work with PEX plumbing, since the repair process is very similar.

Go to your local hardware store and purchase the appropriately sized push-fit pipe fitting. You can buy a short fitting for a small pipe burst or a large fitting if you have several ruptures in the pipe that are close together.

The Repair

The great thing about using a push-fit pipe fitting is that the existing pipe does not need to be completely dry to make the repair. It is fine if the pipe is still a bit damp from the burst.

The damaged section of the pipe can be removed with a tubing cutter. If you do not have one, they can be purchased at your local home improvement store. You'll place this cutting tool on one side of the pipe burst, tighten it like a clamp, and twist it around the pipe. Then repeat the same process on the other side of the pipe until the section that is damaged can be removed. Use an emery cloth to clean the outside of the pipe and to smooth out sharp edges.

The push-fit pipe fitting will have one side identified as the side to insert into the pipe first and the other end is inserted second. The side you insert first allows the pipe to fit further into the fitting so it can move down the pipe and clear the gap, and then you can push the fitting the opposite way so the copper pipe fits snugly into it. Be prepared to put a lot of force on the fitting so that it grips tightly around the pipe. Once it is in, that fitting is not going anywhere.

Not up for doing this repair on your own? Reach out to local pipe repair services for assistance.

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