Pipe Repairs Explained: Types And Costs!

Plumber repairing pipes in a distribution board

Pipe repair can mean fixing leaking pipes, burst pipes, frozen pipes, and gas pipe problems! Each type of issue has its own fix! From using plumber's tape and rubber patch to insulating and replacing pipes, this guide will show you how to repair any pipe.

Read along and get familiar with all the details of repairing busted water pipes, preventing them from freezing, and solving gas pipe problems. In case of any doubt, don't hesitate to call a professional plumber to deal with any fixes wisely and safely. 

1. Leaking Pipes

Leaking pipes are a common household issue, just as leaking water heaters. They can lead to water damage and increased water bills, and to solve it you should identify the location of the leak by checking for visible water or damp spots.

A temporary fix is to use a pipe clamp or pipe repair tape to stop the leak. If your goal is repairing leaking pipes permanently, replace the damaged section of the pipe or use epoxy putty for small leaks. 

Pipe clamps or repair tape can cost between $ 5 and $ 20, while professional repairs may range from $ 150 to $ 300 depending on the complexity.

2. Burst Pipes

So the first thing you need to do is to shut off the main water valve to stop the flow and open faucets to drain excess water and relieve pressure.

For a simple DIY burst pipe repair, go for the pipe clamp, rubber patch, or hose clamp to seal the burst area temporarily. In a more durable burst pipe plumbing repair, a good choice is to cut out the damaged section and replace it with a new pipe.

Temporary fixes may cost around $ 20, while professional repairs will most likely stay between $ 200 and $ 500. Burst pipes can cause significant water damage and require immediate attention to prevent further issues.

3. Gas Pipes

Caution! Gas pipe repairs require professional assistance due to the dangers of working with gas. In case of a gas leak, evacuate immediately and contact the gas company or emergency services.

Gas pipe repairs should only be conducted by licensed professionals who can identify and fix leaks safely, which is a highly specialized job and can range from $ 300 to $ 1,000 or more.

4. Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing in winter can lead to cracks and bursts if not addressed promptly during cold weather. If you find a frozen spot, use a hair dryer, heat lamp, or hot towels to thaw the frozen section of the pipe. Replace damaged sections of the pipe if necessary.

As a preventive measure, insulate pipes in vulnerable areas and let faucets drip during extremely cold weather to prevent freezing. The cost of repairing frozen pipes that have burst may go from $ 150 to $ 500 depending on the damage.

No pipe repair is unsolvable. With the right contractor and the right timing, you will deal with any burst, frozen, or leaky pipe. Call eHARDHAT's plumbers to make sure all goes well.


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