Next to leaky faucets, leaking pipes is the bane of many homeowners. Since a leaking pipe might not be as pronounced as a leaking faucet, you want to keep your eyes and ears open for the signs. Then, if you have located a leaking pipe, you should take the next step, which is repairing the pipe with one of the following methods:
If You Know Where The Leak Is
If you have found where the leak is coming from and the crack in the pipe is no bigger than a hairline, then you can do a quick fix. Grab a putty knife, dip it in some waterproof epoxy, and smear it on the leaking area. Make sure the filler is smoothed down and dries completely before covering it with a sheathe of rubber. Use an adjustable hose clamp, C-clamp, or pipe-sleeve clamp to anchor the rubber down to the pipe, ensuring no water can get free.
Wait for the sealant to set for about an hour before running water through the pipes.
If There’s A Large Leak
In the event that the leak is more than a hairline, you might have to replace the section of piping. Measure the length of the pipe, turn off the water valve, and let any water escape. In the meanwhile, you should go get the replacement pipe if needed.
Cut the replacement pipe to the length of the pipe that needs to be removed. Make sure you polish the ends to the old pipe so you can create a clean fusion. If you have copper piping, you can simply solder the old and new piping together. Other kinds of piping will require a union pierce to join it together, which can be bought at the same time you buy the replacement.
Signs To Look Out For
Some leaks aren’t obvious. Be on the lookout for stains on the ceiling or dripping from the floor up above. Water can travel from the origin point, so keep that in mind when you find any water damage. If there are no stains in the area where you suspect the leak to be, check in places around the leak.
Other signs include mold growth, foul smells, and condensation in rooms that would otherwise be airtight.
Remember that before doing any work on your pipes, you should shut off the direct water valve and let any remaining water run out of the nearest faucet. From there, wipe the pipes down and let them dry before doing anything else.
Now that you know how to fix a leaking pipe, you should be able to make easy repairs whenever a problem happens. However, if you continue to get leaks or find water where it shouldn’t be, the next step is to call a professional plumber.