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Old 07-04-2016, 04:55 PM   #1
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fix for burst copper pipe


Hi all,

I have an addition in my house where the copper water supply plumbing was allowed to freeze and burst.

If I pressurize the plumbing with air, and replace burst pipes until it holds pressure, is that an adequate fix?

Or should I plan on replacing all the pipe that was subject to freezing whether or not it is leaking?

I've read that freezing copper pipe can weaken it and cause a failure in the future, but I don't know if that concern is sufficient to justify a complete re-plumbing. Any opinions? Obviously not looking for a guarantee, just what people think is warranted....

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Old 07-04-2016, 05:33 PM   #2
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May or may not even be able to just fix it where it cracked.
As it freezes the pipe expands so the repair couplings may not even fit.
I'd replace the whole run with PEX pipe and Shark Bite fittings.
Figured out why the pipe froze and addressed that issue?
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I have replace only the damaged sections when a pipe froze----that is all that is needed in most cases-------

If that run is likely to freeze again, however, it would be wise to replace the copper with PEX--as PEX can take freezing without rupturing.
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The pipes froze in the first place because we were not using the addition for the winter so I turned off the water, drained the pipes, and turned off the heat. The plumbing for the addition was sort of designed to be winterized. There are stop and drain valves in the main part of the house where the plumbing runs for the addition start. Unfortunately, the stop valves leaked a little bit, just a drip a second or so, and the pipes filled back up with water over the winter and ultimately burst. The good news is there was very minimal water damage since the water was "off" when the pipes burst.

I should have left the taps open and the drain port on the stop valves open, so any leakage would safely drain away. Lesson learned.

Thanks for the input.
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