Do you know what a PVC pipe is? It is basically a white plastic pipe that is usually used for drainage and plumbing. PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride. It is used almost everywhere such as in homes, in markets, in malls, in underground, and in construction etc.
However, these pipes may be damaged due to heavy use and need repairing. If our PVC pipes need repairing, we usually call the repairing services and pay them higher fees for just nothing. Yes, because repairing a PVC pipe is not as difficult as you think of it.
Mostly, you don’t need to cut the pipe and replace with a new one. This is because there are methods to repair a PVC pipe without cutting which is super easy. In this article, you will go through the six steps of repairing a PVC pipe without cutting.
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6 easy steps for How to repair PVC pipe without Cutting?
In the first step, you are required to figure out the point from where the PVC pipe is damaged. The place from where the PVC pipe is damaged may show a fluid leak from it. Carefully locate one or all the points from where it is damaged. After that, take a marker or grease pencil and mark the area of damage. You may either draw a straight line over it or draw a circle around the defected or damaged point.
It is important so that you may figure out the damaged area later on to check whether it is properly repaired or not. Now turn off any fluid supply in the PVC pipe so that you can perform the repairing procedure. If you are repairing a supply pipe, then shut-off its level in order to stop the supply for some time. If it is a drainage pipe, then stop pouring the water or so in the drainage pipes for some time.
The next step is about creating the suction in the PVC pipe. In order to create a suction in the pipe, you need to plug or cover every single hole in your PVC pipe. You may use the drain stoppers to close the drain holes or may insert the rubber plugs into all the holes in the pipe. This is done because the repairing needs to close all the holes first to stop the flow of fluid. If the fluid is flowing into the pipes, it becomes just impossible to repair a damages PVC pipe without cutting.
Therefore, you need to use any method to make the pipes fluid-free. However, just leave only one drain hole or access hole unplugged or open. This is done to create the suction later and to begin performing the repair procedure. However, must make sure that no fluid could flow into the pipe through the open hole. Otherwise, it would affect the repairing of the damaged or leaky PVC pipe.
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In the third step, you will now create the suction by using a vacuum pump. Take any vacuum either wet or dry, and place its opening inside the one open hole of the PVC pipe drainage system that we left open purposely. We you are done, plug the switch of the vacuum cleaner/pump into the electrical socket and turn on its button. The vacuum will start sucking inside the pipe and a strong suction will appear.
Take a supplied brush and dip it properly into the PVC primer which is easily available in the market. You can buy the supplied brush and the PVC primer from any sanitary shop near your house. Then, place the brush (which is dipped into primer) over the damaged point or leak in the PVC pipe. Due to the suction force created by the vacuum, the primer will be forcefully pulled towards the crack or damaged lines and fill them properly.
The suction force would also help in cleaning the PVC pipe from the inside. It will help in removing all the dust particles or any residue inside the pipe. Not only this, but it would also help in cleaning any fluid left in the PVC pipe. When all the dust, fluid or residue is removed from the inside boundary of the pipe and the primer is properly applied, it would result in meeting our purpose.
After completing the above steps, take the supplied brush again and dip it properly into the PVC pipe repairing glue. This glue is also available easily in the market and you can buy in from any sanitary store or shop. Furthermore, it is not very expensive, so you can easily get it with no burden on your budget. After your supplied brush is completely dipped into the glue, place it again on the damaged or leaky part.
Then, again place the vacuum pipe over the opened hole and turn its switch on. When you turn the switch on, the glue will slip forward due to the force exerted by the vacuum. In this way, the glue will reach towards all the cracks and a layer of glue will have applied over them. After that, turn off the switch of the vacuum and leave the pipe as it is, for few minutes.
Finally, check if all the cracks, leaks, or damaged in the PVC pipe have been repaired. In order to do this, open all the plugged or closed holes and open the supply or flow of fluids. Then, observe the leak points that you marked with the pencil in the first step. If all the leaky points are showing no leaks now, then it means that you have successfully repaired your PVC pipe without cutting. Otherwise, you are recommended to repeat this process again until all the damages are repaired.
Make sure that you perform all the steps carefully and as directed to get the maximum results. Repairing a PVC pipe in this way is quite easier and cheaper than the other methods. Furthermore, it would take just a little time to repair your PVC pipe in this way.