How to Fix a Busted Pipe in Your Home

When you have a busted pipe in your home, calling on a professional doesn’t have to always be the answer. With a few tools and a little bit of patience, any homeowner can fix a busted pipe when the time comes.

In most cases, pipes bust from being frozen from the cold weather. In this post we not only plan to show you how to fix this problem, but also how to prevent it from happening again by simply installing a stop and waste valve.

Think you maybe up to the challenge? If so, grab the materials need below and you will be ready to go!

What You Will Need

  • Soldering Paste
  • Lead Free Solder
  • Stop and Waste Valve
  • Copper Pipe Cutter
  • Copper Pipe (1/2 inch)
  • Copper Fittings (1/2 inch)
  • Torch Kit (that includes a striker and torch)
  • Steel Wool Cloth
  • Safety Goggles

The Process

#1.)  Find a good location for your new stop and waste valve either on a water line, or some other heated area.

#2.) Now it’s time to turn the water off in your home.

#3.) Using your pipe cutter, remove your desired area of the water pipe where you plan to put the new valve. Keep tightening the pipe with your pipe cutter until it finally cuts through, then place a bucket underneath the area to catch any remaining water.

#4.) Your new valve will come with a small screw that can be referred to as a petcock, which you will need to remove temporarily. Position your valve in the proper direction (there should be an arrow that lets you know).

#5.) Now we need to cut your copper piping to match the length of the water line however, you will want to leave it a little longer just in case (usually 1/2 an inch).

#6.) Clean your copper pipe and new valve inside and out with your steel wool cloth to get rid of any final dust, dirt, or other  debris.

#7.) Now grab your soldering paste and spread it on the outside of the pipe, and the inside of the valve. Once done, slide the valve onto the end of the pipe.

#8.) Using your safety goggles and torch, heat the pipe and valve to fit together where you have connected them.

#9.) Place about 2 inches of solder into the joint where the pipe and valve connect, allowing time for the solder to melt into the fused area. Afterwards, use the solder to seal all the way around the connected area.

* A good tip to keep in mind is to practice soldering on a piece of scrap so you can get a good feel of it.

#10.) Using the same soldering techniques, install your new valve to the water line.

#11.) Open your water line back up to check for any holes or leaks. If any of your new components are in an unheated area you can use foam pipe insulation to cover them up.