PVC pipes are a product of modern technology that offers reliable and durability service to a variety of industries. Due to its performance advantages, PVC pipes now have replaced many traditional materials. These pipes are used by many customers as it is safe and non-toxic. Its versatile properties are reflected in a wide range of applications it is found in areas such as pipes, cables, window frames, interior design, marine, safety equipment and medical products. A major requirement of all piping application is the joint tightness. PVC pipes are now available with fusion PVC joints to provide fully sealed pipeline. Let us understand simple ways to repair leaky PVC pipes.
1: Using a rubber or silicone repair tape:
Rubber and silicon repair tapes are a thick, heavy-duty tape. This tape is stretchy and gummy so that it can be stretched and stuck to itself to increase the compression of the tape. Warp the tape tightly around the leaky PVC joint. This will help you cover the considerable distance if a lengthwise spilt appears in a pipe. This will help you to avoid leakage for a temporary period.
2: With the help of repair epoxy:
Repair epoxies are designed to bond to PVC and other plastics which commonly comes in liquid forms or putty forms. Both forms can be used to repair PVC joint leaks. Dry the leaky area and apply the epoxy over it. Liquid epoxy is thinner than the putty epoxy. Putty epoxy is better for leaks in tight spaces. It can be left applied for an hour to reach full strength. This methods can also be used to fix leaky perforated drainage pipes.
3: Fiberglass Wrap:
Fibreglass wrap is a cloth coated with water-activated resin. To make use of it, wet the cloth first in the water. Then, wrap it around the leaky PVC joint and allow it to harden for 20 minutes. For best results, extend the wrap at least 2 inches on each side of the affected area. It will slow down the process of leakage.
4: Using rubber and hose clamps:
Applying A thick piece of rubber and A couple of hose clamps on the leaky area. If the leak is isolated to one area and not split down the length of the PVC joint, then apply a piece of rudder around it. Wrap the rubber around the leaking part and open the hose clamps and tighten it in both the ends of the rubber. This type of repair works well on smooth sections of pipe when rubber makes full contact with the pipe surface. Leaky Perforated drainage pipes can be fixed following this method.
Thus, a permanent pipe repair usually requires cutting the pipe and reinstalling it with new coupling or replacement parts. These materials are readily available in most of the retail stores and are affordable. All solutions for sealing leaky pipes are temporary, fir permanent results contact a plumber as soon as possible to have the leaky pipes replaced before the leak spread or cause excessive damage to pipes.