copper pipe repairIf you’re thinking about doing your own pipe repair, read on. In this article we’ll cover a few things to keep in mind with DIY projects, the tools you’re likely to need and what to do in an emergency situation.

Copper Pipe – Background

Copper piping is one of the most common and popular types of piping in the USA. There are a few very good reasons for this. One, it doesn’t pass on any flavors or colors to water, it passes building codes, it’s relatively easy to work with and it can resist minerals that are found in most water supplies in America. In this article we’ll discuss a few things to keep in mind if you’re considering a do-it-yourself repair, the types of tools you might need and when to call in outside help.

DIY Copper Pipe Repair

Before you get started repairing your own copper piping, ask yourself if you have the tools and the know-how. If you’re working in a home that is being constructed and there is no insulation or drywall, the situation is much easier to deal with. If however you’re doing a remodel or the repair that is needed is behind a wall, then it is more complicated. If you’re familiar with plumbing techniques and have skill in drywall then a DIY repair may work out well for you

Tools of the Copper Pipe Trade

Here are just a few of the tools that you may need depending on the repair:

  • Pipe Cutter
  • Tape Measure
  • Cleaning Tools
  • Drill
  • Spade Drill Bits
  • Torch (generally propane or acetylene)
  • Solder
  • Putty
  • Damp rag
  • Safety equipment like gloves and goggles

When to Get Help

If you’ve got a slow leak and there is no severe water damage occurring you can probably repair it yourself or take a little time to call in outside help. However, there are times when you need an emergency plumber. If you’ve got a huge leak or if you’re seeing water coming through drywall or if your ceiling is bowing due to water, you need to call someone in ASAP. Emergency plumbers can resolve the issue quickly and keep damage to your home at a minimum. Water has a tremendous ability to damage a home if not contained quickly. The cost of the right plumber at the right time can save you thousands of dollars in repairs.

While copper piping is some of the easiest piping to work with determine the situation before you plunge into a do-it-yourself project. Ask yourself if you’ve got the required skills to do a good job and what the consequences are if a mistake is made. If it’s an emergency situation calling in an expert is likely to be your best option.


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