A broken sprinkler pipe can be a major headache. Not only because it turns your garden into swampy land, but also because broken has pipe wasted a lot of precious water. Moreover, a leaky pipe may damage the nearby foundations as well.
Fortunately, fixing the problem isn’t too hard if you don’t mind getting dirty. Buy supplies. Nothing is worse than having to run to the hardware store in the middle of a project. See the list of things you need below. PVC pipe, PVC sleeve connectors, PVC pipe cutters or hack saw, PVC glue, PVC primer and safety glasses.
Turn off the water supply that leads to where the leak has been located. The water supply could be a main valve or it could be the valve leading from your hose. It is always advisable to wear the safety glasses to carry out such projects.
Dig around the area where you believe the broken pipe is. This is usually the area where water is bubbling up. Next take a hack saw and saw a straight edge on either side of the cracked PVC pipe. Remove the broken pipe. Sand the ends with sandpaper to get rid of the rough edge, this also helps to keep the area clean and ready for priming/gluing.
First, cut away enough pipe length so that the coupler, new section of pipe and slip-fix (fully compressed) can all fit. First fit the pipe without any glue to have the idea whether the pipe is nicely fitted or not.
If everything looks good, take the new pipe section apart and coat all pipe ends and the inside of the connectors with PVC primer. Let dry completely.
From here, you will want to put some glue on one end of the PVC sprinkler pipe. One great way to go about this is using popular blue glue, fitting the couplers onto the pipe during the twenty seconds that you have to do this.
Allow the glue to dry according to the directions on the package. Once the new section is completely dry, turn on the water and check for leaks.
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