How to Mend Copper Gas Pipe Leaks How to Mend Copper Gas Pipe Leaks
When there is a leak in the copper gas pipe that is leading to a water heater, stove, or other appliance, it needs to be taken care of immediately. Once a leak has been established, only minor repairs should be attempted by someone who is not a licensed technician.
Step 1 - Locate Leak in Pipes
Once you know that there is a leak in the pipe you must find out where it is. It could be a very simple matter, or it could be a cracked pipe. If the leak is from a cracked pipe you will need to have it replaced. To locate where the leak is coming from you should spray some soapy water onto the pipe itself. This will cause some bubbles to be produced at the point of the leak.
Step 2 - Tighten Connecting Nuts
If the leak is at a fitting, or a joint, then you can easily fix this by using an adjustable wrench and tighten the fittings. You may need to use two of them if there are two sections of the fitting.
Step 3 - Apply More Joint Compound
If the leak is still present after tightening the fittings, turn off the gas and remove the fitting. Apply some pipe compound to the threads and reconnect the fitting.