How To Fix A Water Line That Burst In Your RV

Ideally, when you hit the road in your RV this summer, you will be able to get through the entire travel season without running into any issues. However, that is not always the case. If the water line in your RV bursts when you are out on the road, you should be able to take care of the problem yourself.

#1 Identify Where The Line Burst

The first thing that you need to do is identify the exact location where the line burst. This should be a pretty simple step. Start at the area where you first notice the water pooling together and then follow the line above it until you found the exact location where the line burst. The water lines in your RV may be behind removable panels or even under storage areas such as your bed; there should be some way for you to access and follow the water lines in order to find the leak.

#2 Cut Away The Damaged Area

When you find the area where the water line burst, you are going to want to make a clean cut in the line. You'll want to use a strong knife or a pair of strong cutting shears. Cut right past where the line broke on either side; you just want to smooth out the edges so you can rejoin them together. Try to cut as little of the line as you can; you want your line to still have slack in it after you cut and rejoin the line together.

#3 Rejoin The Two Ends With A Fitting

After you cut the line, you are going to need to rejoin the line together. You can do this by using a fitting. The two types of fittings that are used for this purpose are compression union fittings and pipe thread fittings. Your best bet is to take the small section of the water line that you cut away in the above section and take it to the hardware store so they can match a fitting for you.

Compression Union Fittings

If you need a compression union fitting, you just have to purchase the two ends of the fitting. Then, take the two ends and put them on the two newly cut ends of the pipe. Then, press the two ends together so that they compress upon one another. You may want to use a wrench to hold the compression together and ensure that everything is as tight as it should be.

Pipe Thread Fitting

If you need a pipe thread fitting, you are going to want to take some Teflon tape and wrap it around the threaded end when you attach it to your water line. Doing this will help ensure that your repair job does not leak.

You should be able to identify and fix a burst water line in your RV using the steps above. If you need additional assistance, see if a local plumber can come out to your RV or if there is a nearby RV repair shop you can take your vehicle to. For more information on local RV recreation, contact a local RV park