One of the most widely used pipes in plumbing and sewage is Polyvinyl Chloride of PVC. This plastic material has become a popular since because it does not rust nor erode. It is also easy to install and cost-efficient. However, over time, some problems may arise when a PVC joint has been damaged. This can lead pipe leaks that need to be fixed right away. When leaking problems happen, replacement and repairs can be done. Here is a guide on how to manage a leaky PVC pipe joint.
Before you can make any repairs or replacement, it is important to locate where the leak is coming from. It is possible that the location of the water dripping is not where the leak it. What you need to do is wipe the area where there is dripping water and check if this is the broken part.
Once you have located the problem, you need to list down what parts need to be replaced, say, the PVC pipe or the joint. It is not advisable to remove the joint pipe from the fitting since it is glued. The best way to handle this is to simply cut the part of the pipe with the fitting so you can repair or replace it.
You need to cut off the supply of water running through the particular pipe or pipes. There is no need to shut off the main water supply if there is a local valve connected to the pipe to cut water.
With the use of a PVC cutter, you can now then remove the section of the pipe that needs to be replaced or repaired. It may be enough just to remove a small part of both ends of the pipe. You can now position the pipe cutters on your preferred placement and by holding the cutter at around 90 degree angle, make the cut on both ends.
Wipe the water in the pipe that you have just removed with clean cloth.
Assemble the parts that need to be replaced to see if they fit to make sure it aligned and prepare them for the application of primer and glue.
With the brush that comes with the PVC solvent, apply the primer on both the fittings and the pipe where it will be glued on, See to it that you apply evenly and thinly.
Apply PVC glue on the outside of the pipe as well as the fitting that will be attached. Afterwards, insert the pipe and secure it while twisting the pipe into the fitting.
Do these steps for all the other fittings and pipes you need to attach.
Important reminder: It is important to allow for some time for the PVC solvent to dry and leave it overnight before turning the valve on again.
Turn the main supply on or the local valve, if this is what you have previously shut off to check if the leak is fixed.