Fixing Leaks in Stainless Steel Pipes

What You'll Need
Rubber sheeting
Epoxy putty
Stainless steel hose clamp
Compression coupling
Fiberglass repair kit
Basic tools, including a knife, screwdriver and hacksaw

Fixing leaks in stainless steel pipes can be tiresome and problematic, but with a few simple tips, you should be able to do the job yourself before it gets out of hand. Leaking pipes can cause enormous repair bills if they are left to go on for too long. There are a number of ways to get rid of the problem and all of the tools and materials that you need you can get at any hardware store.

Step 1-Preparations

First, it is essential to turn off the water at the main valve. Naturally, this should have already been done as soon as you realized there was a leak. The faucets will then need to be opened up on the waterline to release any pressure that has built up. You will also need to drain the water from the pipe by opening any bleed valves that are located below the leaking area. If you are only doing clamp repairs, this is not necessary.

Step 2-A Quick Solution

To fix the leak quickly, wrap a section of the rubber sheeting around the leaking joint. After this, apply the stainless steel hose clamp onto the area and firmly tighten it in place by using a screwdriver or wrench. If you do not have a hose clamp, you may be able to use a different type of clamp. What is important at this point is to secure the rubber firmly over the leak. This will stop it from leaking and ultimately fix the problem. This is the fastest solution to fixing a leak in any pipe, but it is not ideal long term.

Step 3-Using a Repair Kit

For non-steel pipes, take the fiberglass repair kit and soak the fiberglass tape in water. It should then be wrapped around a leak carefully. This will cure the problem slowly and needs to be done with patience. The repair kit will have further instructions, as well as inform you exactly how long it should be left before you can restore the water supply.

Step 4-Fixing Leaks around Fittings

The surface should first be thoroughly dried and cleaned. Then you can mix the putty and carefully apply it all over the leaking area. You should leave it for some time so it will properly stick in place before restoring the water supply.

Step 5-Finishing up

Regardless of the solution that you have applied to a leaking stainless steel pipe, you should carefully monitor the results for some time. Do not simply turn the water on again and leave it. Not only do you need to be certain that the leak is properly fixed, but you need to make sure that it is not likely to fall apart again. Be sure that any putty you have used is completely dry before returning the water supply.