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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