Is there a leaking pipe in your house? Don’t freak out. While leaking pipes can be dangerous, there are a few steps you can take to minimize damage and solve the problem as soon as possible. This article will explain what to do if you start noticing a leaking pipe and how a licensed plumber can help.
Turn Off The Water Supply.
It is necessary to switch off the water supply if you find a leak in your house. Depending on where the leak is in your home, there may be a shut off valve to that specific fixture and/or pipe. If not, you must turn off the water at the main cut off valve. It is essential to know where your home’s main shut off valve is before an emergency occurs. That way, you can instantly switch it off in the event of an emergency.
Keep The Area Dry And Safe.
After you have turned off the main water line, attempt to dry off any remaining water. You may also place a bowl or bucket beneath the leak to collect any remaining water. Remove any devices and/or valuables from the area with safety as well. This should help you avoid major damage to your home and assets.
Drain the Pipe
Even if you cut off the water to your house, the water in your pipes will remain. You must first empty the pipe before you can begin fixing the leak.
You may accomplish this by turning on the faucets and allowing the water to run normally. If this doesn’t work, you may need to use a compressor to get the final few drops out.
Reconnect The Water Supply.
A tiny leak should be stopped by the epoxy, hose, and waterproof tape. So, once you’ve made the repair, turn on the water and check for leaks. Keep your faucets running for a few minutes to ensure that no water gets through your repair.
Seal the Leak
When the pipe is dry, you may seal up the leak. You will need the following items to complete this task:
- Piece of a garden hose
- Metal hose clamps
- Waterproof tape
Begin by sealing the leak with epoxy (which you can buy at most any hardware store). Then, cut a piece of garden hose to be about two inches longer (on each end) than the leak.
Place the garden hose over the leak and secure it with metal hose clamps. Make sure the clamps are snug and stay on the hose for at least an hour.
After an hour, remove the metal clamps and wrap waterproof tape over the line instead. Apply multiple layers of tape to ensure that no water gets through.
For Repairs, Contact a Professional.
After last year’s freeze, I believe we all realized how critical it is to seek a qualified plumber for assistance with a leaky pipe. A professional technician can assess the leak and damage correctly. They can then present available repair choices and clearly explain which repairs are required.
A qualified plumber may also provide a guarantee on the work. That manner, you can be certain that the leak was properly fixed. You may also request a leak detection service from your qualified technician to guarantee there are no more leaks in the system.
Not sure who to contact? Larratt Plumbing Bros. is here to help.