15 Things You Should Do When You Find a Burst Pipe
A burst pipe is the last thing anyone wants to tackle. But there are some quick temporary fixes you can do to slow the impact of a burst pipe.
Shut off the Water
Open a Faucet
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Start Getting Rid of the Water
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Turn up the Heat
If you have reduced water flow, heat the most vulnerable pipes (usually in basements and crawl spaces or near exterior walls) with a hair dryer. Leave the faucet on while you apply heat. As you melt ice, the flow will increase.
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Place a Piece of Rubber over the Leak
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Cut Out the Damaged Pipe
Shut off the main water supply valve, drain the damaged water line and use a pipe cutter to cut out a section of pipe that extends about 1 in. to each side of the leak. Start by gripping the pipe firmly in the cutter’s jaws and tightening the cutter’s screw. Rotate the cutter in the direction shown—as you tighten the screw handle—until the pipe snaps.
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Clean and Flux Mating Surfaces
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Solder the Joint
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Clean the Damage
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