Every homeowner knows that pipe leaks are a serious issue that has to be treated instantly. If not, there is a possibility of incurring more problems with pipes and greater costs of their repair. The best advice is to get in touch with a trustworthy plumbing company whose experienced plumbers can come immediately and use special tools to do the pipe leak repair. However, before you call plumbers, there are some activities to take at home as first aid. In the following lines, experienced plumbers from Haynes Plumbing shared with us the easiest of them.
Step 1 – Turn off the water supply
- A homeowner has to locate where the main water supply is. Usually, it is in the crawl space or basement. As soon as the water supply is located, the dial has to be turned clockwise. In this way, no water will go into the home. The leaks are going to stop and there won’t be any more damage. Then, the homeowner should turn on the faucets connected to the pipe. It is necessary to drain the faucets and make them totally empty. A useful tip is to start with the lowest faucet. In the end, experts advise drying the leaking area on the pipe. When all water is drained from the pipes, a special cleaning cloth has to be used to wipe the area around the pipe leak to completely dry it.
Tip – place a bucket or a bigger cloth under the leaking pipe in case any drops of water come out of the pipe
Step 2 – Apply epoxy putty to temporary fix the pipe leaks
- A homeowner has to put on special nitrile or latex gloves since epoxy putty heats up while working with it and cause serious skin damage. Then, he needs to mix this putty by hand to combine and activate. The color of the putty must be light grey. Then, a person who does a pipe leak repair needs to wrap the putty around the problematic leaky pipe area and mold it on the pipe. It is necessary that this putty forms a thick layer around the leaking pipe to hold it in place. 5-10 minutes have to pass before turning the water on.
Tip – epoxy putty is only a temporary fix, so it is best to get in touch with professional plumbers ASAP.
Step 3 – Clamp small leaks
A homeowner can buy pipe clamps, for both PVC and copper pipes, the same size as the leaky pipe. These pipe clamps use special rubber gaskets to create a tight seal and secure a small pipe leak. In this way, rubber gaskets are set on the top of the pipe’s hole. When the pipe leak is on the pipe bottom, the lamp is held in place until the clamp is secured. As soon as the clap is secured around the gasket, the bolts have to be tightened.
The above-described procedures are just the first help to combat the pipe leaks at home. In case of any plumbing problem, it is most advisable to call the professional plumbers from Haynes Plumbing at 202-250-3774. This company has been in the business for more than 25 years, offering timely and cost-efficient services 24/7. Haynes Plumbing is ready to send its teams instantly since emergencies can happen at any time of the day or night.