Fixing a Water Leak

A leaky pipe can be a hassle, but fixing it doesn’t have to be. There are quick fixes and permanent ways to repair a water leak. We’re going to discuss the temporary forms of fixing a leak. You should call a professional plumber like Bird Dog Plumbing after using a temporary fix. We can make sure a leak doesn’t occur in your pipes again anytime soon. Here are a few tips for temporarily fixing a water leak in your plumbing system. 

The Tools and Materials

Here is a shortlist of tools and materials you will need for the job:

  • Scissors
  • All-trades slip joint pliers
  • Nut drivers
  • Screwdriver sets
  • Files
  • Tape measures
  • Pipe putty and sealant
  • Repair clamps

Repair Methods

Epoxy Putty

You should use epoxy putty as a temporary seal by placing it over the location of the leak. Here are the steps for that process:

  1. Turn off the water supply that runs upstream of the leaking pipes.
  2. Drain the water from the damaged pipes and make sure the area of the leak is clean and dry. 
  3. Tear enough putty so you can cover the damaged area effectively. 
  4. Knead the putty into a pliable state so you can apply it. 
  5. Apply and cure the putty according to the product instructions. 
  6. Once it is cured, turn the water supply back on to check for any remaining leaks.

Pipe Repair Kit with Tape

Some pipe repair kits come with special tape for emergency leak repair. Here is how to use that a pipe repair kit:

  1. Shut off the water supply to the leaking pipes and fittings.
  2. Activate the fiberglass tape per the manufacturer’s instructions and wrap it around the leaking area. 

The ease of application and flexibility of the tape makes it easy to use for leaking fittings. Another kind of tape, self-fusing silicone, can be used for low-pressure lines. Wrap it around the pipe and stretch it as you make tight overlapping passes to cover the broken area. 

Patch and Clamp

We recommend repair clamps for large splits or ruptures in pipes. Here is how to use repair clamps to fix your leaking pipes:

  1. Turn off the water like the other two repair methods and clean the area that needs repairs. 
  2. Use a file to smooth out any parts that could break through the neoprene rubber patch. 
  3. Apply the patch and clamp, so it evenly overlaps the broken section of the pipe.
  4. Tighten the clamps.
  5. Turn the water back on and check for remaining leaks. 

Remember we mentioned that these are only temporary ways to fix broken pipes. Your next step needs to be calling a professional plumber to inspect and repair even the cracks, no matter how big or small. If you are around the Longview, TX area, call Bird Dog Plumbing for your water leaks! We’d be happy to come by and repair whatever pipes you have that are damaged.