Fast Fixes for Leaky Pipes

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Fast Fixes for Leaky Pipes

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Leaky pipe
What you will need

Tools and Materials you will need to make temporary repairs

Tools:

1 - C-clamp

2 - Putty knife

3 - Hose Clamp

4 - Pipe clamp

5 - Screwdriver

Materials.

Rag

Steel wool

Epoxy Putty

Wooden Block

Rubber Patch

Electrical Tape

Wire Brush

Hairdryer

Pencil

Main Page
Unclogging Sink Drains
Soldering Copper Pipe
Replace a Faucet
Repair a Faucet
fluxing and Soldering
Cutting Copper Pipe

Adjusting a Toilet

Replacing a Toilet

Electrical Main Page

Inside Home Repairs

Fixing Noisy Pipes

 

 

Above are the different temporary ways to repair leaks

You have a leaky pipe and its 6pm on Saturday night, now what? Well if you have a few of the tools we talk about here you can at least stop the leak until Monday, then you can fix it right. There is no and I repeat no better fix to a leak then the right one. But sometimes you have to stop the leak before you can get the proper repair parts. I remember once I was working in a hotel in Hawaii and we had a leak that showed up on Sunday morning. Well we had to do something before it got worse, so we took an old rubber inter tube and cut it into strips. We then wrapped the pipe where it was leaking with the tube, the leak stopped and we were heroes. What I’m trying to tell you here is you may have to do a temporary fix until you can fix it right.

You can make quick, effective repairs on newly discovered leaks by using a few common items you might keep on your workbench. Stop a leaking pipe immediately to avoid unsightly damage to walls, ceilings and floors, and to prevent water coming into contact with your wiring system, causing serious electrical hazards.

It’s wise to keep a small assortment of materials on hand to meet plumbing emergencies when they arise: Hose clamps, C-clamps and pipe clamps, in several sizes to fit ½-inch, ¾-inch and 1-inch pipe, electrical tape, epoxy putty and scraps of rubber (an old garden hose is ideal) will make a good plumbing emergency repair kit. The pipe clamp is good for permanent as well as temporary repairs of standard water supply pipes.

The first thing to do when you have discovered a leak is to turn off the water supply to the problem area. Be familiar with the locations of shutoff valves. If the leak is in a pipe supplying a sink tub or toilet, you can probably shut off its supply right under the fixture. If the leak is not near a fixture, you may find the valve at the intermediary branch fitting. The hot water supply can be turned off at the hot water tank. If in doubt, turn off the main water valve supplying the whole house, which is near the water meter or the main supply pipe from the wall.

Next, wipe the leaky area clean and dry before determining the extent of the problem. Clean rust or scale with steel wool or a wire brush. The pipe must be very dry before you work on it. A hairdryer is a good tool to use here.

One simple temporary fix for a small leak is to wrap the dry pipe with electrical tape, extending several inches to either side of the leak. Another approach is to jam a graphite pencil into a pinhole leak and snap it off; the malleable graphite will conform to the shape of the hole. For a minor leak at a joint, first try tightening the fittings.

If all the piping in your system is the same age, plan to examine the whole system after you have discovered a leak. But do not panic: A pipe can corrode in one branch while the pipes elsewhere are still perfect. Often corrosion occurs in a branch where the pipe becomes smaller, causing water to hit a certain spot at high velocity.

Finally, if you have to locate a leak that is behind a wall, run the water and listen along the wall for a hissing, gurgling or dripping sound. Once you have located the leak and opened up the wall, do not simply patch the leaking pipe. Repair it completely up to and including replacing the pipe. You will have to replace the wall and you don’t want to open it again. I will cover repairing dry wall and other wall repairs in another page.

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Fix with putty

Epoxy Putty. When a threaded joint is leaking, the obvious first step is to tighten the fitting. But if a joint is corroded it could break or deteriorate further when you tighten it. Drain water from the pipe, dry the joint and clean with steel wool. Prepare the epoxy putty according to the manufacturer's directions, taking care to follow them to the letter to ensure that the epoxy will harden properly. Apply epoxy with a puty knife thoroughly all around the pipe joint, making sure to seal the whole fitting. Plan to replace the joint as soon as possible.

You can use epoxy putty for permanent repairs on drain pipes. These are not under pressure and contain water only when a fixture is in use.

Fix with Band

Hose Clamp repair.

Tighten a hose clamp around a rubber collar to stop a small leak. Use a stainless steel clamp so it will not rust before you replace the section of pipe. For a bigger leak, wrap a length of garden hose around the pipe and use several hose clamps tightened uniformly along its length, and inch or so apart.

C clamp fix

C-Clamp

If you have no pipe clamps or hose clamps, place a rag or a rubber patch over the leak. Put a wooden block squarely over the flaw. and clamp down tightly with a C-clamp. this will stop the leak, but plan to make the repair more permanent with a pipe clamp or replace the faulty section of pipe.

pipe Clamp repair

Pip Clamp repair.

Also called a pipe leak clamp or a sleeve-type pipe clamp, this item makes a repair that can last for years if the surrounding pipe is still sound. Pipe clamps come with rubber gasket attached. fit the clamp over the pipe, making sure the rubber is centered over the leak and covers it completely. Tighten with a screwdriver.

   
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