How to Repair a Burst Water
As water freezes into ice in
extreme cold temperatures it also expands by
approximately 10%. Metal pipes are more susceptible
to frost and freezing damage than plastic piping.
Most water pipes are copper and as ice forms inside
them from a freezing situation the ice cannot
expand along the length of the pipe so
the resulting pressure will split the pipe open or
force a solder joint to open up causing a water
leak in your home.
Knowing how to repair a burst water pipe,
particularly a copper pipe, is not a difficult task
but does require a few plumbing tools such as a
tube cutter, emery cloth to clean the tubes and
fitting before soldering, solder, solder paste
(flux), and a soldering torch. There are two types
of repair to remedy copper frozen pipes.
Emergency frozen water pipe repair:
Locate the source of leak and turn off the water
If it is a spit pipe cut out the section that is
Replace the section with a piece of hose and clamp
on both ends.
This emergency repair should last until you have a
more convenient time to do a permanent repair.
If the leak is caused by an opened solder joint the
joint fitting will have to be thoroughly cleaned
Turn the water supply on and check for leaks.
Permanent frozen water pipe repair:
Turn off the water supply and drain the pipe of all
If the split is fairly small, cut out the damaged
area by removing approximately six inches of pipe
beyond the visible crack. This will ensure you get
any expanded damage that may have occurred to the
Cut a new piece of pipe and solder in place using
the appropriately size fittings.
Insure that the solder joints are thoroughly clean
and polished or the solder will not hold.
Turn the water back on and look for leaks.
That is how
to repair a burst water pipe. It isn’t difficult
but it can be messy. Inure that you use safety
glasses and protective gloves when soldering.
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How to Repair a Burst Water Pipe
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