Fixing Leaky Pipes
Leaky pipes can cause serious water damage to your home if it is not taken care of immediately. But sometimes, for whatever reason, it’s not possible to have a plumber out right away. So if you’re stuck in one of those situations, here a three temporary fixes for leaky pipes.
One way to fix a leaky pipe is to use something call “plumbing epoxy”. Plumbing epoxy is a putty-like substance that is comparable to molding clay. When using it to fix a leak, obviously make sure there is no water running through the pipe. Then take a small amount off, enough to cover a small leak, and knead it around in your hands a little bit. This will help to loosen it, allowing it to stick over the crack/hole more efficiently. Let it sit and harden for a few minutes, then test the epoxy by turning on the water.
Rubber Wrap with a Pipe Repair Clamp
Start by drying the area around the leak. Then take a thin piece of rubber (like a bicycle inner-tube) and wrap it around the leak once. Now, tightly wrap the rubber with electrical tape to hold it in place. Then finally, fasten a C-clamp around the patch to create pressure with the seal. This will hold long enough for a plumber to come in a repair the problem correctly.
If you’re in a pinch, and don’t have time to get any of the above materials, the best thing you can do is use duct tape. This is something that should be used as a very temporary fix for a leaky pipe. Turn of the water and dry the area thoroughly around the leak. Tightly wrap the tape around the pipe. It is very important that the wrap is tight to prevent water from leaking out. This quick fix won’t hold for a long period of time, so it is important to make sure that you have a plumber repair the leak as soon as possible
If your pipes are leaking and you need a plumber out to your home right away, then give Chicagoland Plumbing a call, and we’ll have a plumber out to your house in no time!