In case you get a burst pipe, your priority should be making it work again soonest possible no matter what it’ll take. There’re many products that are readily available in the market for fixing burst pipes temporarily. They include fiberglass tape, epoxy putty, and clamps with sleeves.
Temporary fixes can serve the purpose for a weekend, but you’d rather do a permanent fix. Regardless of the repair approach you’ll take, avoid shopping for repair kits before you determine the pipe’s diameter and material.
One of the fixes you can try is using epoxy putty. Epoxy putty will seal a leaking pipe, but will only work as a short time fix. Fiberglass tape combined with a polyurethane type of resin offers a more durable patch, and is often used together with putty. A sleeve and clamp is another fix, and is advantageous in being quick and affordable.
Fixing the leak with a slip coupling can be said to be a relatively permanent solution, but it demands unblemished and straight pipes made of a specific material and of precise diameter. Whichever product you prefer, you need to follow the directions of the manufacturer, else the product won’t work.
WARNING! Replace any section of the pipe that is already patched. When pipes move naturally, the patch may start leaking again.
In case a pipe bursts, don’t panic. First, shut off the main water supply to that pipe. If there’s no shutoff valve near the leaking pipe, then shut off your home’s water supply from the main shut off valve. Proceed to dry the affected pipe by draining any water in it. You can do this by opening all faucets connected to that pipe.