Fixing a Leaking Pipe In Your Walls
A leaking pipe is not just an annoyance but can also cause serious damage. Some of these problems may very well be irreversible. Much of your house is probably made of drywall, and water is drywall's natural enemy. Hiring a professional plumber can be very pricey and if you want to try to replace the pipe yourself, follow the steps below.
6 Ways to Fix a Leaking Pipe
The best solution to fix a leaking pipe is to replace the pipe altogether, but if you have the right tools, you can mend it yourself for a quick and temporary fix.
Follow the steps below to repair your pipe:
- You will need to saw through the drywall around where the leak is found. It makes sense to cut the piece in such a way that it can act as a panel in case you need to open it again. Keep the piece of drywall that you saw out for replacement later.
- Identify the location of the leak. You will need to mark it for accuracy.
- Turn off the main water valve. You do not want to be sprayed in the face while you are trying to fix this problem. Also let others in your house know that the water will be temporarily unavailable.
- Next you will need a length of rubber hose. Take the hose and cut it down the middle so that you have two pieces of split hose. Ensure that they are cut evenly so that both sides are the same width.
- You will be using these lengths of hose to cover the leak, but first you will want to cover the leak with duct tape. This will act as an extra layer between the pipe and the covering that you will be using.
- Place your hose onto the leak, making sure that your hose is a bit longer than the actual leak. You can now secure the hose to the pipe by using either zip ties or metal clamps. Metal clamps can be found at your local hardware store, but it may be difficult to find the exact size to fit around your hose. The advantages to using zip ties here are that it is much easier to remove zip ties in the future and their size can be adjusted as needed.
The pipe now has a temporary fix and may not leak for a while. Do not rely on this fix too heavily, however. After you have secured the hose, immediately start looking for replacement pipes or contact a professional plumber to do the repairs. After you repair the pipe, the last 2 steps should be completed:
- Replace the drywall panel and fill in the edges around it with drywall joint compound (mud) to make it smooth. Use a spatula for accuracy.
- Paint over the spot as needed to blend in.