wikiHow to Fix Leaking Pipes

Two Methods:Stop the Leak Until You Can Repair or Replace the PipeCut Out the Pipe if it Has a Large Leak

You can run up a big water bill in a hurry if you get a leak in your pipes. You need to know how to fix it fast until you can do a full repair or call a plumber. With a few steps, you can stop the leak temporarily and still have running water.

Method 1
Stop the Leak Until You Can Repair or Replace the Pipe

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    Shut off the water valve to the pipe.
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    Turn on the faucets to drain the water that is left in the pipes.
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    Wipe the pipe dry with a towel or cloth. Allow it to air dry completely before continuing.
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    Use a putty knife to put some epoxy on the leaking area.
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    Cover the leak with rubber. Make sure it is completely covered before moving to the next step.
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    Tighten a clamp down on the rubber and allow it to set for an hour.
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    Use water resistant tape to cover the rubber after it has dried. This will serve as double protection.
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    Turn the water valve back on and make sure there is no leak.

Method 2
Cut Out the Pipe if it Has a Large Leak

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    Measure the size of the pipe and buy a replacement at your local plumbing or home improvement store.
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    Shut off the water and drain the pipes.
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    Use a metal cutting saw to cut out the damaged piece of pipe.
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    Polish the ends of the remaining pipes.
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    Solder the new piece in place if it is a copper pipe. Other types of piping will allow you to buy a replacement that has a union piece to join them.
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    Tighten the coupling of the joining piece to make sure it is secure and doesn’t leak.
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    Turn the water back on.

Tips

  • Keep supplies on hand so you can fix the leak quickly.
  • Don’t wait very long to replace the leaking pipe even if the leak has stopped. If you do not have the tools to replace the pipe, contact a professional.

Warnings

  • If you are soldering the pipe into place, wear safety goggles and gloves.

Things You’ll Need

  • Rubber tape
  • Dry cloth
  • Epoxy
  • Clamp
  • Water resistant tape
  • New pipe
  • Soldering equipment

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Categories: Home Improvements and Repairs | Plumbing Drains Waste and Vents