small leak in crawl space

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small leak in crawl space

I have a small leak in the sewer line from the toilet. It's giving off a sewer smell. It seems to be leaking where one pipe is joined to the next. Would it be possible to caulk or Epoxied around the leak or do I have to get a plumber to replace or repair the pipe?
 
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You can always epoxy the spot and hope for the best - but it will leak again "sometime" in the future. The only way to repair it properly is to fix the connection. (Contrary to the "miracle epoxy" claims made on those cheap TV commercials)
 
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What type of pipe. PVC? ABS? Cast iron? Copper? Galvanized steel?
 
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(Contrary to the "miracle epoxy" claims made on those cheap TV commercials)
LOL...you got that right!
 
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I have Goop repaired such leaks, including one that even had a small chunk missing out of the 4 inch cast iron drain in the elbow, and it has held for several years (still holding) even with 2 floors that the water drops from, above).

I have wondered how long that epoxy stick stuff, as seen on tv, that you knead, holds up. A leak in a drain line is one thing and a leak in a water supply line under lots of pressure is another.
 
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We've all done it.... right?? - even though we know better....
 
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Nothing last forever they say, but if you can spend only 15 minutes making a quickie repair that lasts several years, well?..........
 
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