How to Seal an Underground PVC Pipe From the Inside

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How to Seal an Underground PVC Pipe From the Inside
Seal leaking PVC pipes with epoxy putty. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) piping is frequently used in plumbing and waterline applications. Unfortunately, there are times when you may need to seal an area due to damage or leaks. You can choose to replace whole sections of piping or you can seal the source of the leak. Epoxy putty is a reliable way to seal PVC piping from the inside or out. Once the two compounds are mixed together, they create a strong bond to keep water leaks under control.

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Things you need

  • Shovel
  • Epoxy putty
  • Small knife
  • Hacksaw or PVC cutter
  • Washcloth
  • Medium grit sandpaper
  • Rubber gloves
  • 2 PVC fittings/couplers
  • Soap and water

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  1. 1

    Turn off the water source that supplies the PVC pipe you are working with. Dig down to the piping with a shovel. Be careful not to hit the piping with the shovel, otherwise you may have an even bigger sealing job on your hands.

  2. 2

    Use a PVC cutter or hacksaw to gain access to the inside of the pipe. Find the damage you want to seal and cut a few inches on each side of the surrounding area.

  3. 3

    Clean the inside the pipe area you are working on with a washcloth. Sand the surface lightly with medium-grit sandpaper to give the putty a better surface to adhere to.

  4. 4

    Put rubber gloves on and cut small, equal parts of your epoxy putty. Roll them together like a snake and then fold the combined mass in half. Then roll the putty into a ball. Repeat this rolling process until the putty is a uniform colour.

  5. 5

    Press the putty into the area that you want to seal on the inside of your PVC pipe. The putty will mould well to the contours of the pipe. Most epoxy putty will cure within 30 to 60 minutes after mixing unless it is a quick-dry formula, which may take only 5 to 10 minutes to cure. Read the product instructions thoroughly before using.

  6. 6

    Use PVC couplers/fittings to rejoin the areas of PVC piping where you cut it. Apply a thin coat of PVC primer to the ends of the piping and then directly apply a thin coating of PVC cement on top of the primer. Push the ends of the piping into each end of the coupler/fitting to connect the two sections.

  7. 7

    Look on the PVC cement package instructions for recommended drying time. Turn the water source back on after that amount of time has passed. The putty will cure underwater; there's no need to worry about this aspect of the project.

  8. 8

    Recover the piping with dirt. Clean tools and any surfaces used immediately after you are done with the project. Use soap and warm water for this.

Tips and warnings

  • Work with the epoxy putty in temperatures over 21.1 degrees Celsius to allow for easier mixing.

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