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Removal of Broken Plastic Pipes: The Correct Approach

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Plastic pipes are durable and economical and that’s why they are the first choice for water and sewage systems. However, even PVC pipes can break or sustain damage. In most cases, you can remove the broken plastic pipe yourself and limit the damage.

Immediate Attention

PVC pipes are built to withstand harsh climatic conditions. But, this doesn’t make them invincible. So, if you see a pipe broken, it is important to repair it immediately, even if the leak is small. On the other hand, if the plastic pipe is broken, it would require a little manoeuvring to remove the broken part.

Tips to Remove Broken PVC Pipes

One of the most common problems faced by many DIY-ers is tackling broken threaded plastic nipples. These can be hard to reach, as the broken nipple often gets lodged inside the pipe. Here is what you can do.

  • Use a propane torch to heat the slots of the nipple
  • This will cause the slots to melt
  • Insert a needle nose pliers into the space created due to the melting of the slots
  • Let the plastic and pliers cool down
  • Wriggle the pliers, gently to remove the broken plastic nipple

If PVC pipes sustain large cracks, here is how you remove the broken section.

  • Use a hacksaw to cut 6 inches on either side of the crack
  • Now get the new plastic pipe and ensure it fits seamlessly into the space just created
  • Apply sealant on the open ends of the old pipe
  • Use coupling on either end of the new pipe and secure it in place with a sealant
  • Slide the new pipe into the old one and you are done

Remember small cracks in PVC pipes can be repaired with the help of sealants. Just remember to stop water flow through the pipes to let the sealant set. However, large cracks and broken segments should be immediately removed and replaced with new ones.

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Plastic pipes are durable and economical and that’s why they are the first choice for water and sewage systems. However, even PVC pipes can break or sustain damage. In most cases, you can remove the broken plastic pipe yourself and limit the damage. Immediate Attention PVC pipes are built to withstand...
<p class="p1">Plastic pipes are durable and economical and that’s why they are the first choice for water and sewage systems. However, even PVC pipes can break or sustain damage. In most cases, you can remove the broken plastic pipe yourself and limit the damage.</p> <p class="p1"><b>Immediate Attention</b></p> <p class="p1">PVC pipes are built to withstand harsh climatic conditions. But, this doesn’t make them invincible. So, if you see a pipe broken, it is important to repair it immediately, even if the leak is small. On the other hand, if the plastic pipe is broken, it would require a little manoeuvring to remove the broken part.</p> <p class="p1"><b>Tips to Remove Broken PVC Pipes</b></p> <p class="p1">One of the most common problems faced by many DIY-ers is tackling broken threaded plastic nipples. These can be hard to reach, as the broken nipple often gets lodged inside the pipe. Here is what you can do.</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1">Use a propane torch to heat the slots of the nipple</li> <li class="li1">This will cause the slots to melt</li> <li class="li1">Insert a needle nose pliers into the space created due to the melting of the slots</li> <li class="li1">Let the plastic and pliers cool down</li> <li class="li1">Wriggle the pliers, gently to remove the broken plastic nipple</li> </ul> <p class="p1">If PVC pipes sustain large cracks, here is how you remove the broken section.</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1">Use a hacksaw to cut 6 inches on either side of the crack</li> <li class="li1">Now get the new plastic pipe and ensure it fits seamlessly into the space just created</li> <li class="li1">Apply sealant on the open ends of the old pipe</li> <li class="li1">Use coupling on either end of the new pipe and secure it in place with a sealant</li> <li class="li1">Slide the new pipe into the old one and you are done</li> </ul> <p class="p1">Remember small cracks in PVC pipes can be repaired with the help of sealants. Just remember to stop water flow through the pipes to let the sealant set. However, large cracks and broken segments should be immediately removed and replaced with new ones.</p>

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