Monday, January 24, 2011

How to repair a broken PVC pipe

If you have a lawn irrigation system and you have to maintain it, sooner or later you are going to have to know how to repair a broken pvc pipe.  There are several ways that you can do this.  You can dig up about a 5 foot length of the pipe, exposing it to where you can lift it up, bend it, then connect it with a coupler or you can do the 4 elbow method.  You can use a pvc pipe expansion coupling or a compression coupling.  These are all great ways to solve the problem but a new product out makes all of these methods seem obsolete - the new fix is called the Pipe Dream Coupler.

This new broken pvc repair coupler works like this: You remove the dirt surrounding the broken area of the pipe, cut out the bad part, then slip the coupler on one end of the pipe then slip it towards and over the other pipe that you're connecting...that's it.  You would, of course, apply primer and glue to both ends before you start slipping pipes over each other, but other than that its a quick, easy and reliable way to repair pvc pipe. 

The other methods of repairing sprinkler system pipes that I mention work fine depending upon the application, but I do plan on using this new method where applicable.

If you have a sprinkler system problem in Lexington South Carolina let me know, I can help!

Happy Gardening,
ash