A plumbing problem is always an inconvenience, but temporary repairs can buy you time and reduce the mess. You can control a leak until you’re ready to give permanent repairs your full attention. The approach to how to fix a leaking pipe depends on the nature of the break. A dripping pipe joint may have a different solution than a ruptured line. In some cases, a permanent repair could be your best choice because it is a quick job. For example, you can simply replace a failed flexible hose line supplying water to a faucet or toilet in a matter of minutes.
Tools You’ll Need
In addition to tools, you’ll need pipe leak patching supplies. The directions for how to fix a leaking pipe will specify whether you need epoxy compound, tape, or sleeves.
- Nut drivers
- Old towels
How to Fix a Leaking Pipe Steps
- Shut off the water supply to the broken pipe.
- Drain water out of the damaged pipe.
- Locate the leak, clean up the broken area, and dry it off thoroughly.
- If the leak originates at a joint, epoxy compound will be the most useful on the uneven surfaces where parts connect.
- Ensure the surface is dry and mold the epoxy compound around the leak.
- Press compound firmly and completely around the leaking area.
- Refer to the manufacturer’s directions to learn how much time the compound needs to cure.
- If the leak is coming from a hole or split in smooth section of pipe, tape or pipe sleeves will work well.
- To apply a wrapping of pipe repair tape, start a few inches away from the leak.
- Stretch and wrap tape around the pipe until it covers the leak.
- Extend the tape wrapping a few inches beyond the other side of the leak.
- Larger pipe holes benefit from the installation of a pipe repair sleeve.
- If any sharp edges are present on the rupture, file them smooth.
- Encircle the broken pipe with the sleeve.
- Tighten the clamp screws or nuts to secure the sleeve firmly against the broken pipe.
- After completing any type of patch, you may turn the water back on.
Contact a Licensed Plumber
Pipe patches are not a set-and-forget solution. Once a pipe joint leaks or a pipe ruptures, the deterioration will continue. A pipe replacement is the only effective way to restore your dry and sanitary plumbing function. Since 1971, homeowners and businesses in the Delaware Valley have turned to Oliver for reliable plumbing repairs. Our licensed professionals will quickly solve any plumbing problems. Contact us for an estimate today.