Pipes in a plumbing system have the tendency to leak as they age, which can cause minimal-to-devastating flood damage in a home. If the leak is manageable enough, there are some home remedies that can rectify floods. It is imperative that you don’t attempt to fix a problem that is out of your skill range, as you can make the leak entirely worse. When the problem is extremely serious, contact an emergency plumber. The article will provide some basic tricks and tips to help teach you how to remedy a home leak.
The first step of fixing pipes is to determine what type of leak is happening in your home. Repairs for a small leak are much different from leaks coming from the enter length of the pipe itself.
Once you have predetermined the type of leak, you will need to shut off the water valve that leads to the pipe. Next, turn on the faucet—that the faulty pipe leads to—and drain the residual water left in the pipes. Once all the water is out of the system, wipe down the afflicted area with a washcloth until the surface is completely dry. Apply epoxy directly on top of the break with a putty knife, leaving a smooth surface with no gaps. After the putty is applied, cover the leak with a special plumbing rubber; you can purchase plumbing rubber at any local hardware store. Ensure that the rubber covers the entire surface of the leaking area, and then set a clamp on top of the rubber to apply force. Please, make sure you allow the material to set for at least an hour. Use blue, water resistant plumbing tape to shield the rubber and epoxy sealant. This serves as a second line of defense, should the rubber fail. To test functionality, turn he water main back on and look to see if the pipe is leaking. If not, you will have successfully thwarted the leak.
If the leak is too complex for the rubber, epoxy solution, you may want to contact a plumber who will replace the entire faulty pipe. To do so, specialized tools are required. Precise measurements of the section must be taken so that new piping materials can be sized correctly. If the pipe is cut too short, it will not be able to connect to the system. After the water is shut off and drained from the system, a metal saw will be used to cut the material down to the exact size needed. Next, the rough edges of the freshly cut pipe will be smoothed and polished, so that they can be joined to the system. Lastly, the pipe will be soldered in place—if the piping is copper—and the coupling of the joining piece will be tightened.