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Simple Fixes For Burst Sink Pipes

One of the least expected nightmares in a home is dealing with a burst sink pipe. Because no matter which room it happens in, that room is guaranteed to be filled with stuff you don't want drowning in three inches of water. And if you aren't prepared for it, nightmare doesn't do justice the damage it'll do to your business. Thankfully, there are simple and affordable solutions to the problem, to either solve it when it happens, or to make sure it doesn't happen at all.

Install a water shut-off valve

Now, your system should already have one of these. However, it may not be in a place you can easily get to, and it may even be faulty, not completely turning off the water. In either of these events, have a plumber work on it. Now, when your pipes burst, you simply need to turn the valve off, and now you can focus on how to fix the pipe without worrying about the water flooding your storefront or business.

Rearrange/secure the sink pipes

One of the things that make sink pipes burst is being improperly designed and/or not being secured. Leading to anything from the faucet tube catching on it to the very water itself being too much for it at some point wearing down the pipes until they come loose. Luckily, if you know the basics of plumbing, this is an easy and cheap fix. First, shut off the water coming into the kitchen, then rearrange the pipes in a way that isn't so exposed and is much more secured against the force of the water running through it. It's probably best if you secure the pipes against the back wall of the sink cabinet.

Reinforce the pipe joints

If you're still paranoid about the pipes bursting anyway, there are ways to reinforce the joints of the pipes, the point where two pipes are connected. Extra or stronger adhesive, for instance, may be just the trick you need to keep the pipes from weakening. And for some extra insurance, there's always good old fashioned duct tape, which, while it won't stop a burst forever, will at least buy you that one precious minute to get to the water shut-off valve.

Separate the faucet tube from the pipes

If your faucet can be pulled out on a tube, then this is something you should get to right away for future reference. The thing is, that tube really is just hanging there next to the sink pipes. It's not something you think about, but always be mindful of that when you pull the tube out really far. If the tube feels like it's caught on something, let go right that second. Because the only thing it can be caught on is the pipe, and if you pull too hard, then you've just made your own mess. Finding a way to keep the faucet tube and the pipes separate will save you many future headaches.

Solutions for leaky pipes

What if you aren't dealing with a catastrophic burst pipe, but instead with a simple leak that will cost you thousands if left unchecked? Well, like with the burst pipe section, there are a few cost effective solutions to this.

The first and most obvious one is to patch the leak with duct tape. As said before, this is not a permanent solution, but it is one that'll last significantly longer than if you were to apply it to a burst pipe. This is a good way to see to the problem until you can gain access to a permanent solution.

The most effective solutions for leaky pipes are plumbers epoxy and pipe repair clamps. Plumbers epoxy is a putty like substance that you apply to the leak to slow or stop the leak. After turning off the water, you knead a small amount of it in your hand, apply it to the leak, and then let it sit for a minute or two before turning on the water.

Pipe repair clamps are much more complicated but just as effective. First, you dry the leaking area with a small cloth. Then, you wrap a thin strip of rubber (any rubber will do so long as it's thin) around the leaking part of the pipe, applying electrical tape to hold it in place. Finally, fasten a C-clamp around the area covered by the rubber.

A burst or leaky sink pipe can cost you thousands in damages if not handled properly. Hopefully, though, this article provided you with the necessary information on how to handle this most unexpected and costly accident without going into debt in the process. Heed what you've read here, and when your pipes burst, you'll be ready to deal with the issue while waiting for a plumber to arrive.