How to repair a leaking pipe
How to repair a leaking pipe If you need to repair a leaking pipe, then you are going to need to know how to do it before you ever get started. If you are at all in doubt as to whether you might be able to follow these simple steps, it would be better if you consult the services of a proefessional plumber.
- Take some time to look at what kind of pipe damage there is. Some things to consider whenever you are looking at the pipe is how round it is, if there are any cracks/leaks/dents, the shape of the problem and if there is any corrosion present.
- Now that you know what the problem is, it is time to gather together your supplies, which should include buckets, hose clamps, pipe wrenches, garden hoses, duct tape, a putty knife, epoxy, a set of screwdrivers, a hacksaw or pipe cutter with a plastic cutting wheel, a rubber sheet, compression coupling, two-part epoxy putty, pliers, a socket wrench, a fiberglass-tape repair kit, disposable gloves, a stainless-steel hose clamp and a C-clamp.
- It is now time to turn off the water at the main valve.
- Open the faucets in order to relieve the pressure on the water and drain the water from that leaking pipe.
- If the leak is at a threaded joint, you can try to use your pipe wrench to tighten it. This may or may not work for you.
- You can put the tip of a sharp pencil in a small hole before breaking off the pencil and covering the hole with several layers of duct tape.
- If this is not a small leak, then you will want to wrap a piece of rubber around the leaking joint before placing a stainless-steel hose clamp or a C-clamp over top of it. Then tighten the clamp with a screwdriver or with a socket wrench.
- Larger holes will require a piece of either a rubber hose or a garden hose to be clamped around the pipe. You will want to cut the hose 2 inches longer than the hole is before placing 3 hose clamps around it to hold it in place. Of course, this would only be a temporary fix.
- If you run into a problem whenever you are trying to tighten a threaded joint, brazing may be required. This is a type of soldering process that is done by a professional plumber. So, if you are not familiar with this process, do not attempt to do it.
- Whenever working on old joints and pipes you should use caution because they can be fragile. Treating these things roughly will only cause the problem to grow worse.
- Do not worry about how the patch looks since your main concern should be with minimizing water damage.