Plumbing issues are the number one reason for water damage next to flooding and storms. While an expert service professional should be called to do any major plumbing work, there are certain repairs that can be completed by any homeowner.
How to Fix a Leaky Pipe
The first step to fixing a leak is by locating it. If the leak is in a joint, tighten the joint. If the leak is coming from the actual pipe, remove the leaking section and replace it with a new section. If you want to fix a leak but don’t want to replace any of the pipes, you may want to follow these steps to attach a pipe patch.
- Shut off Water to Leaky Pipe
You’ll never know if the pipe patch works if you keep the water running.
- Drain the Leaky Pipe
Make sure to drain the leaky pipe empty before you start. You’ll also want to wipe it dry with a towel or cloth.
- Apply Epoxy to the Leaky Pipe
Epoxy is a very strong adhesive that will ensure your pipe patch doesn’t shift.
- Cover Leaky Pipe With Rubber
Apply rubber over the area in which you applied epoxy. Make sure the leak is completely covered before moving on.
- Tighten a Clamp Over Leaky Pipe
The clamp should be tightened over the rubber and then left alone for at least an hour.
- Use Water Resistant Tape on Leaky Pipe
If you cover the rubber with water resistant tape, it will offer double protection for your leaky pipe.
- Turn Leaky Pipe Back On
Hopefully your leaky pipe won’t be leaky anymore! Let the water run to make sure the leak has been stopped. If you’re still experiencing leakage, it may be time to call a professional.
24/7 Water Removal has faith that our customers can perform simple routine plumbing maintenance. If you believe your leaky pipe may be a symptom of a bigger problem, or you’d rather leave the fixing to the professionals, don’t hesitate to contact 24/7 Water Removal.