Plumbing Emergency Tips From Fischer Plumbing

Your biggest asset, your home, is also a big responsibility. Keeping it in good condition takes time and effort.

What happens when an emergency pops up? Are you prepared?


This is the first of a four-part series about plumbing emergency tips that are handy to know and practice to avoid excessive damage, such as water damage from a broken pipe or a leaky faucet.


Ready? Here is our first tip.

Burst Pipes

No need to panic. Pipes usually burst in cold weather, so prepare in the fall to prep your pipes by buying pipe insulation for ones that are exposed to the elements.


First, before attempting to repair pipes, turn off your water supply!


Second, if you have lead pipes (we hope not) don’t even think about doing the work yourself – immediately call a professional plumber – they should be replaced with copper or PVC, or CPVC.


A pinhole (very small) puncture in the pipe can easily be repaired by wrapping it well with duct tape or electrical tape.


A hairline crack, usually about an inch long, can be fixed with either a pipe clamp or a coat of sealant applied directly to the crack.  Let the sealant dry completely before turning your water back on.


Try a patch kit first if you have larger breaks, cracks, or holes in your pipe. Follow all the directions, including sanding the area around the break, and make sure you wear rubber gloves.  Wrap it as tightly as possible and then press the patch down by hand to ensure a proper bond. Let the patch dry.


For larger cracks that may involve using a propane blow torch or a pipe cutter, we highly recommend calling in a professional plumber. Copper piping requires a blow torch and skills that are usually beyond the DIY handyman’s. A licensed plumber is your best bet.


PVC and CPVC piping requires cutting and using strong cement to repair effectively. Although it is possible to do these repairs yourself, keep in mind the cementing process is permanent; very hard to pull the pipe apart if you make a mistake.


Burst pipes can happen at times. Be prepared for the small ones you can probably repair yourself and reach out to us for larger projects. We don’t want your home to be flooded or experience water damage – ever!


Stay tuned for our next emergency tip – leaky faucets.

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