3 Leaky Pipe Quick Fixes

When encountering a minor drip, being prepared and well-informed can prevent a leak from turning into a disaster. Having the correct materials on-hand and knowing what to do until you can receive help from a professional plumber or pipe repair expert can save the day. To keep your plumbing costs down and prevent a true disaster, take note of these 3 quick, temporary fixes for leaky pipes:

1.) Plumbers Epoxy

Plumbing epoxy is similar to molding clay. It adheres to pipes, allowing you to work it around cracks. Before repairing the leak, turn off the water supply to the pipe you’ll be working on. Knead a small amount of epoxy in your hands before applying it to the crack. Push the epoxy in and around the crack to ensure it covers the crack completely and adheres to the pipe. Allow it to harden for a few minutes before turning the water supply back on. Once you’ve turned on the water, check for leaks.

2.) Pipe Repair Clamp

This type of leaky pipe fix requires a plastic or rubber patch, electrical tape and pipe repair clamp, all of which are available at your local hardware store. First, turn off the water supply and dry the area as best as you can. Wrap the plastic or rubber patch around the leak. Secure it with electrical tape and fasten with the clamp. Check for leaks after you’ve turned the water back on.

3.) Duct Tape

If you’re in a pinch, duct tape is a quick leaky pipe fix. As with the other fixes, turn off the water supply and dry the area before fixing the leak. Wrap the duct tape as tightly as you can around the pipe several times in order to create a tight seal.

Leaks You Can’t See

Not all leaks are visible to the eye. To find out if you’re toilet is leaking, place a few drops of food coloring into the tank. Wait a few minutes. If color appears in the toilet bowl, you have a leak and need to call a professional plumber right away.

The quick leaky pipe fixes we’ve covered are only meant to hold you over temporarily, not to take the place of professional pipe repair. At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Twin Cities, we’re available 24/7, 365 days a year, so you don’t have to wait to fix a leaky pipe, risking a costly plumbing emergency. For more information on taking care of your plumbing at home, consider our tips for preventative plumbing maintenance and the top 5 plumbing fails to look out for.

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7 Responses to “3 Leaky Pipe Quick Fixes”

  1. Jade Brunet

    We came home to a fountain shooting out of our yard and are wondering what to do about the broken pipe. It is good to know that duct tape is a quick leaky pipe fix. I am also glad to be informed that turning off the water supply can be a good thing to do before fixing the leak. We will do this for temporary relief and then contact a plumber to find a more permanent solution.

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  2. Becca Holton

    I’m grateful that you mentioned how duct tape can be used for a quick leaky pipe fix. There’s a pipe in my sister’s house that won’t stop leaking. She’ll be back in town in a day or two, so I assume this solution will hold up until then.

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  3. Bethel Smith

    We have had issues with burst pipes in the past. I really like your suggestions about using electrical tape or duct tape to temporarily close the leak. This needs to be seen as a temporary fix since it certainly won’t hold for long. The important thing is that it holds just long enough for a professional to come fix the issue.

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  4. All Aspects

    Its good trick about repairing of pipe water quickly when you have not available a plumber.

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    It have awesome approach for waterproofing.Its good trick about repairing of pipe water quickly when you have not available a plumber.

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  6. All Aspects

    You suggestions are very best . i really appreciated it. You told the greatest strategies about leaking of water.

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  7. Alexandria Martinez

    My fiance and I are first-time homeowners that are in need of leak repairs. We are worried about the way our pipes are handling in this colder weather. We will be sure to use duct tape if there are any visible leaks that come out from the piping.

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