It is a given that somehow, somewhere down the line, our plumbing pipes will spring a leak.  When simply brushed aside, small leaks tend to get bigger and waste more water.  The result, higher water bills and quite possibly more damage as well as repair costs.  This is why it is important to know what to do if your pipes are leaking.

  1. Waterproof Tape

Waterproof Tape

Do you have a leak that is small enough to be taped over?  If so, one of the quickest and easiest solutions is to use a waterproof tape and wrap the damaged portion of the pipe.  When using this quick fix, it is important to make sure that the pipe is completely dry; so you need to turn off the water supply first.

Taping should begin approximately 2 to 3 inches from the damaged portion and extend the same length beyond it.  If there is a hole on the pipe instead of a crack, get a material that can be plugged into the hole before taping over it.  This will ensure that the plug is kept in place and the leak is temporarily addressed.  Remember that this is a temporary fix and should never be taken as a long-term solution for any type of leaks.

  1. Patch Kits

patch kits

Another option that can help in addressing pipe leaks in your home are patch kits that can be bought from your local hardware stores or home center.  These kits come with a rubber pad that should be placed over the damaged portion of your pipe.  It will be held in place by metal plates that are screwed and tightened to ensure that the rubber does not get displaced.

If you have a spare inner tube or an old hose, you can cut out a piece from these and use them in place of the rubber pad.  You would need C-clamps to make sure that these materials hold and stay in place.  Make sure that there is adequate pressure applied to the rubber to maintain the pressure inside the pipes and ensure that this temporary solution works.

  1. Putty or Compound Sticks

epoxy putty

For many homes, epoxy putty and compound sticks have become popular remedies for leaky pipes.  This is primarily because they are widely available and easy to use.  Simply follow the direction on how to apply them on the leaky pipe and you are almost done.

You have to make sure that the damaged portion is completely dry before applying the solution and you must leave it there for a substantially long time.  This means that your water supply will also be turned off for quite some time depending on how big the damaged portion is.  For almost pinhole-sized leaks, you can use the compound stick and still allow the water to run.  However, over time, there is a huge possibility that the pinhole-sized leak can suddenly balloon into something huge, especially if the water pipe condition is no longer sound.

  1. Professional Plumber

professional plumbing

Did you notice anything about the first 3 ways to stop pipe leaks?  Yes, they are all temporary fixes for a considerably serious plumbing problem!  Keep in mind that there are several types of plumbing leaks that can occur on your pipes; and there is no one-size fits all solution for these.

What does this mean?  What do you do if your pipes are leaking?  You can use the abovementioned temporary fixes as you call on a professional plumber and wait for them to arrive.  It is entirely possible that the leaks you are seeing are merely symptoms or offshoots of something bigger just waiting to burst.  Professional plumbers will also give you an accurate assessment on the condition of your water pipes.

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