We take many components of our homes for granted including the copper pipes that deliver water to faucets, toilets, and showers. These pipes do not become objects of our attention until they spring a leak. Learning how to quickly repair a leaking water pipe prevents a small issue from becoming a large problem.
You will need:
Step 1: Purchase the basic pipe repair products above before any problems arise. Buy products designed for the type of water pipes in the home and ensure that these products are safe for use with a potable water system.
Step 2: To minimize property damage, turn off the home water supply as soon as a leaky pipe is detected.
Step 3: For a leak the size of a pin hole in a straight run of pipe, a pipe repair clamp may provide a temporary fix. Clean the area of pipe around the leak with a damp cloth, dry the pipe, and center the pipe clamp pad over the hole. Use a wrench to tighten the nuts to hold the pad in place securely on the pipe. Be careful not to overtighten the nuts because this could cause additional damage to the pipe. Turn on the water supply to verify that the leak has stopped.
Step 4: A pipe repair kit offers another way to repair a leaking pipe. Follow the instructions provided in the kit. This typically involves covering the floor under the pipe, using a file to roughen the damaged area, plugging the leak with epoxy or plumber’s putty, and wrapping supplied tape around the area. Wait for this tape to cure and then turn on the water to inspect the pipe for leaks.
Step 5: If clamping or taping will not stop the leak and the damaged area does not exceed a couple of inches, cutting out the damaged pipe and replacing it with a special fitting may resolve the issue. Use a pipe coupling, following the instructions provided by the manufacturer. Begin by cutting out the damaged section of pipe and using the deburring tool on the ends of the remaining pipe.
Step 6: Use the tape measure and permanent marker to mark the proper insertion depth on the pipe.
Step 7: Push the slip end of the pipe coupling onto one of the pipes. Operate the disconnect clip to press the release collar and push the other pipe into the coupling until it reaches the marked depth. Turn on the water supply and check for leaks. If the coupling must be removed and reconnected, do this by operating the disconnect clip.
Step 8: If none of these methods fix a leaking pipe, contact a professional plumber.