PVC or polyvinyl chloride pipes are a popular choice for many residential plumbing uses, including drain traps, vent pipes, and the main supply line. They are cost-effective, durable, flexible, and lightweight. PVC pipes are also easy to use, can handle water pressure, and have a long service life due to their rust and corrosion-free properties. They are welded to the fittings using solvent cement that melts the plastic surfaces and binds them.
Despite all the benefits they offer, PVC pipes are not infallible. Eventually, they break or develop leaks. Most PVC pipe problems have quick and easy fixes that a homeowner can accomplish without a professional plumber. However, replacement is the only option if the pipes have suffered extensive damage.
Before getting into the ways to fix a leaking PVC pipe, let’s first understand why a PVC pipe develops leaks.
High water pressure - high water pressure leads to damaging wear and tear on the PVC pipes.
Use of wrong sealant or glue - material unable to provide good adhesion and withstand high movement or vibration causing cracks between PVC pipe and other substrate.
Extreme weather - extreme changes in temperature (generally from cold weather) can cause pipes to crack and begin leaking.
Foundation shifts - small shifts in your home’s foundation (as it settles over time) can create big adjustments in your water lines, causing them to disconnect or rupture.
Prevention is better than cure. Hence, apply a good PVC Pipe Waterproofing Solution will be the best to prevent water leakage in future. RHINOZ RF-134 Hybrid Jointing Compound consists of epoxy resin and hardener. These components, when mixed, plug holes to offer a watertight seal after setting in. They are ideal for repairs in tight spaces where using wrapping tape is impractical.
1. Apply 3D Primer Bonding along the joints and around the PVC pipe. Let it dry for 30 minutes.
2. Mix the RF-134 Hybrid Jointing Compound with spinning mixer. Fill it with piping bag, squeeze the mixture around the PVC pipe, let it dry for 4-6 hours.
3. Mix the 3D Elastic C-500 waterproofing, apply along the joints area and around the PVC pipe. Leave it to dry for 1-2 hours. Attach the reinforcing mesh tape along the joints area and PVC pipe, apply 1-2 coats of waterproofing over it.
4. Allow the material to dry for 7 days before waterproof testing, install trap or tiling.
Leaking pipes long enough they can wreak havoc on your entire home. Poor water quality, warped and stained walls, invasive black mold, and flooding are some of the ways leaky pipes damage your whole house and end up costing a fortune.
To prevent pipes from leaking in the first place, it is important to make sure that all of these factors are under control. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, call a licensed plumber to perform an inspection before a small leak turns into a disaster. Also, if you are interested in our PVC Pipe Waterproofing Solution, contact us for more enquiry.