Finding Plumbing Issues Early

3 Tips For Joining PVC Pipes

by Chris Bowman

Many homeowners choose to complete minor plumbing repairs themselves rather than hire a professional in order to save money. If you have a plumbing job that requires you to replace some PVC pipes, learning the correct way to join PVC pipes together can help you avoid leaks in the future.

Here are three tips to keep in mind the next time you are trying to join PVC pipes in the future.

1. Make sure that your cuts are square.

PVC pipes can be cut to the exact length that you need, making them a convenient material to use for plumbing repairs. The first step in making sure your PVC pipes are joined properly is ensuring that you have a square cut. When you take the time to ensure your cuts are perfectly straight, your pipe pieces will fit together more smoothly.

Instead of reaching for a miter saw (whose blade can wander easily), reach for a hand saw with fine teeth instead. Place your pipe between two pieces of board, and clamp together. Using the edge of the boards as a guide when sawing will ensure that the cut in your pipe ends are square.

2. Make sure that your cut pipe edges are smooth.

When you cut plastic PVC pipe, it's not uncommon to find that burrs build up along the inside edge of your cut pieces. These burrs make it impossible for you to apply your bonding agent evenly, which could affect the strength of your seal when joining two pipes together.

To get rid of burrs all you need is a small piece of 80-grit sandpaper. Roll the sandpaper around your finger with the abrasive side facing outward, and rub vigorously along the inside edge of your cut PVC pipe. This will smooth out any burrs and prepare your pipes to for the application of your bonding agent.

3. Use the push-and-turn method when joining pipes together.

After you have applied a liberal amount of bonding agent to the interior edge of the receiving pipe and around the outside of the pipe you will be fitting, take the time to determine what you want the fitted pipe's final position to be. Rather than just inserting the fitted pipe in this final position, push the fitted pipe into the receiving pipe about a quarter turn away from your desired ending position.

Once the fitted pipe is inserted, turn it to the desired final position and hold both pieces until the bonding agent grabs. Using this push-and-turn method will ensure that the bonding agent forms an airtight seal.

Being able to properly join two pieces of PVC pipe is an important skill for anyone hoping to make plumbing repairs at home. Make sure your cuts are square, remove any burrs, and use the push-and-turn method to achieve airtight seals the next time you join PVC pipes. Go to sites offering more info on the subject if you are interested.

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