Water from leaking pipes can cause great damage to your house if they are not fixed in time. Apart from the fact that you will spend a lot of money on repairs, you will also incur a huge water bill not to mention problems brought about by mold. Whether it’s a small leak or a huge leak, the most important thing to do is not panic and get out your basic plumbing tools as you wait for help, if there is any required. It is easier to notice a big leak as opposed to a small leak, mostly in drainage pipes, which has more fatal effects.
If you choose to do the repairs on your own, the first thing to do before starting on the repairs is to identify where the leak is and mark it. Make sure you don’t miss any leaking points. After this, you can then turn the water supply off. Examine the level of damage done and whether you need intense repairs or just a quick fix-it. Intense repairs could mean replacing pipes while a quick fix-it is as simple as using tape to stop the leak.
Unlike other easily accessible pipes, a pipe that is buried under the floor, hidden behind walls, or in any other inaccessible areas, you will have to call a professional plumber to handle the leak for you. Simple home repairs kits can be purchased at any local store and come with instructions that are easy to follow. Here are a few solutions for your leaking pipes.
Place a pencil into the leaking point, break the pencil, then using PVC tape and cover the area. Plaster some epoxy putty around the taped area to ensure the area is leak-proof. Give it about 30 minutes to dry before turning the water back on.
Cover the leaking point using rubber and use a C clamp to firmly affix it.
Use Garden Hose
In place of rubber, you can out 2 pieces of your old garden hose, about 2 to 3 inches, to cover the leaking point. Fasten these pieces onto the pipe using a C clamp/hose clamp.
Use a Pipe Clamp
There is a pipe clamp that is specifically designed to handle these kinds of situations. It comes with rubber pieces. Place the pipe clamp over the leaking point, making sure that the rubber gaskets cover the leaking point itself. Tighten the screws, but be careful so as not to crack the pipe more due to too much pressure from over-tightening the clamp.
Apply PVC Cement
You can use PVC cement, to stop a small leak. The pipe needs to be dry before you apply the PVC cement. You can dry the surface with a heat gun.
Using a metal tube that has compression couplings, you can fix bends and joints which would otherwise have proven to be a nightmare. Mark the damaged areas, cut it out, and place the compression couplings on every end of the pipe and then squeeze the couplings.