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How Do You Fix A Broken Water Line?

BRUTE Contracting fixing a broken water line in New Jersey

Fixing a broken water line is a challenging task, and it’s best to consult a professional plumber like BRUTE Contracting to fix your broken water line. Below are steps for how our team would handle fixing a broken water line:

1. Turn Off the Water Supply

Locate the main water shut-off valve for your property and turn it off. This will stop the flow of water to the broken line.

2. Identify the Break

Determine the location of the break in the water line. It could be indoors or outdoors.

3. Drain the System

Open faucets and fixtures in your home to drain any remaining water from the pipes. This will help reduce the water pressure in the damaged line.

4. Cut Out the Damaged Section

Using a pipe cutter or hacksaw, carefully cut out the damaged section of the water line. Make sure the cuts are clean and straight.

5. Measure and Prepare Replacement Pipe

Measure the length of the removed section and cut a new piece of pipe to the same length. Ensure that the replacement pipe matches the type and diameter of the existing water line.

6. Prepare the Pipe Ends

Use a pipe deburring tool or sandpaper to smooth the cut ends of both the existing pipe and the replacement pipe. This will ensure a proper seal when you connect them.

7. Install Couplings and Fittings

Depending on the type of pipes you have (e.g., copper, PVC, PEX), you may need to use appropriate couplings, fittings, and connectors to join the pipes together. Follow manufacturer guidelines for the specific material you’re working with.

8. Solder or Seal

If you are working with copper pipes, you’ll need to solder the connections. For plastic pipes like PVC or PEX, use the recommended adhesive or crimping tools to create a secure connection.

9. Turn On Water Supply

Once you’ve made the repairs and allowed any soldering or adhesive to dry or set (if applicable), slowly turn the main water supply back on. Check for any leaks at the repaired section.

10. Test for Leaks

Turn on the faucets and check for any leaks around the repaired area. If you notice any leaks, shut off the water supply and make necessary adjustments.

11. Insulate and Secure

After confirming that there are no leaks, insulate the repaired section and secure the pipes as needed to prevent future damage.

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Remember that repairing water lines can be more complex and challenging, especially if the break is in a hard-to-reach or underground location. Water line repairs should be done correctly to avoid future problems and potential water damage to your property. If you’re unsure about how to proceed or if the damage is extensive, it’s best to contact the BRUTE Contracting team to request a free assessment of a broken water line. Our free assessments include a free consultation, estimate, and video camera inspection. Contact our team at (201) 581-3740 or fill out our contact form.