Homeowners don’t usually do a routine inspection of their plumbing. Most people don’t know what to look for, but they will likely notice if anything’s wrong. Rust, buckling, or drops of water are early signs that there is something wrong with your pipes, and they require your attention to prevent future damages.
A leaky pipe can often happen without warning and cause damage to your property. Some leaks can flood your house in an instant while some will not cause any damage. Nonetheless, a leaking pipe needs attention and should be fixed immediately. While waiting for a plumber, there are some things you can do to fix the leaky pipes temporarily. This will minimize water damage and the mess you have to clean up later.
Here are some temporary fixes for leaky pipes:
- Find your water shut off
One of the first things that we recommend that you do, is try to find the main water supply shut off, this can prevent further damage to your home. If the water leak is on a hot supply line, you can shut off the hot water at the tank whilst still having a water supply to your essentials such as toilets. etc
- Pipe clamps
Apply a pipe clamp to contain the leaking pipe while you wait for the plumber. Turn off your water supply first, then wrap a rubber or plastic patch around the leaking section. Secure the patch with electric tape, then fasten the pipe clamp. You can also use an old garden hose. Cut it lengthwise, wrap it around the pipe, and fasten it with the hose clamps.
- Epoxy compounds
Epoxy is a malleable, adhesive putty that can penetrate small cracks and harden, preventing the water from leaking; it’s more like a lump of molding clay. Turn off the water supply, knead an epoxy in your hand to soften it, and then rub it into the cracks. Push it in and around the cracks to make sure that it covers them entirely. Give it some time to dry before turning on the water supply. Check for additional leaks when the water supply is running.
- Rubber pipe connectors
Leaks may sometimes appear on the joint or in the middle. A rubber pipe connector, enveloped and tightened around the leak, will be useful in fixing the leaks temporarily.
- Repair sleeves
When the leak is under the sink, to fix it can be quite tricky. Use a repair sleeve for a pinhole leak repair. It works like the pipe clamp, providing a sturdy temporary fix. Don’t leave it for too long, though, as it could quickly unravel.
- Duct tape
Duct tape can double as a temporary fix for a leaky pipe. Wrap it around on the pipe as tight as possible, and turn on your water supply only after the plumber has fixed the leak.
Keep in mind that these fixes are only temporary. When there is a leak in your pipes, call a plumber immediately. There are fixes you can do on your own, but if you are not sure what you are doing, it is best to leave the job to a plumber. They’ll know what to do and can work on fixing your pipes efficiently.
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