7 Easy Steps To Fix A Leaking Pipe
With a little bit of guidance and help your should be able to isolate and fix a leaking pipe if you are good at being a handyman. If you need a Plumber then call 1300 668 834.
Step 1: This is important
Confirm where the leak is on the pipe, and then temporarily switch off the water supply to that leaking pipe. The shut-off valve for your plumbing set-up should be near the main pipe; simply turn the external tap in a counter-clockwise direction.
Step 2: You will need to Clean
Once you’ve turned off the water supply, grab a piece of cloth and wipe the leaking pipe until it’s dry. Ensure there is no mold around the pipe could block it later. To do this, get some fine sandpaper (of 200 grit), and rub on the pipe’s leak site. This will make the pipe clean, dry and prepared for repairs.
Step 3: Tape Application
Once the pipe is cleaned, put sealing plumber’s tape over the leak site. Continue wrapping the tape until there are multiple layers wrapped around the pipe. Ensure that this tape is lightly wrapped around the pipe, and that it ‘sticks out’ a few inches from the pipe.
Step 4: It’s time to Seal the leaking pipe
Apply epoxy paste (can be bought from your nearest hardware store), and apply this to the pipe’s leak site. Note that the epoxy should only be applied after the pipe is completely dry. This sealant feels almost like putty, and needs to be flattened on your palm before it can be applied onto the surface of the pipe. The epoxy will need to set for 20-25 minutes before you can turn on the water supply. Your leak will have been fixed! If not call Inner City Plumbing on 1300 668 834 for same day service.
Step 5: Tightening the Joints
Another reason for a small pipe to leak, is if the threaded joints between the various pieces of the pipes becomes loose. To fix this problem, find the joints of the pipes and use a small wrench to tighten the bolts that attach those threaded joints. Ensure that you do not use too much force, as the pipes can crack in response. Before tightening, you should make sure to clean the joints and dry them before applying epoxy (as specified in step 4).
Step 6: Using a Hose to fix a Leaking Pipe
To fix a small pipe leak, it is recommended that you completely cover the part where there is a slit or hole using a portion of your garden hose pipe. To do this, use a sharp knife to cut off a section of the old hose lengthwise. Wrap this around the place on the leak’s location on the pipe. Now find the underside of the pipe and attach the clamp intended for the hose by
inserting it on the hose part wrapped around. Screw the clamp in place where here are pre inserted screw holes. You may also wrap plumber’s tape on this part as an extra precaution.
Step 7: Installing a Pipe Clamp
For minute leaks, rub a compound stick that is readily available at a hardware shop on the slit or hole where the pipe’s leak site is. For this the water does not need to be turned off, as the sealing compound holds even on a wet pipe. From here, install a pipe clamp on the place of the leak. Place the clamp over the hole and tighten the attached screws that will hold the clamp in this position.
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