Leaks seem to happen at the most inopportune times. Pipe leaks are amongst the worst, as the overall situation can quickly stem out of control. Burst pipes can result in flooded homes, high water bills and enormous repair bills. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can familiarize yourself with so that if this ever happens you know how to fix a leak. Below, you will find steps to keep the spraying water under control until a professional can make it to your home to repair the pipe leak effectively.
- First, you want to turn the water off at the main valve. You will then want to open up all faucets to allow air and pressure to be relieved, which will also drain what’s left of the water in the pipes.
- After you clean the pipe with a cloth, you will want to apply some epoxy, if you have it, to the area of the pipe that is leaking.
- Next, you’ll want to get a piece of rubber and cover the leak.
- You then need to get a clamp (hose clamp or C-clamp) and tighten it on the rubber. Let it sit for about an hour or so to ensure that it is dried and secure.
- Turn the water back on at the main valve and check to make sure that you properly fixed the leak.
Using Tape to Fix a Pipe Leak
Ultimately, the quickest way to fix a leak would be to locate the leak and wrap it with electrical or duct tape. This will hold for a while, but it is not a permanent fix, and neither are the above steps. Therefore, a professional will still need to be called to come out and repair the leak right way to avoid future problems.
It is important not to wait too long to call a professional for help, as the longer you wait to repair the pipe – even if the leak has stopped – the pipe could rupture again resulting in a much larger, and possibly uncontrollable, situation.
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