Plumbing problems are one of the scariest household problems to come across. It’s because we don’t understand the intricacies of how pipes and flushes work. It’s way easier to let the professionals handle it than get our hands dirty. However, there are certain situations where you can DIY the repairs. Patching them up is relatively easy and here’s how you can go about it.
1. Detect the leak
Minor leakages can happen for several reasons. Most of the time it’s caused by the joints between the pipes that have become loose or the old seals that are no longer working. First, you want to run your hands around your pipes to detect where the leaks have sprung.
Using your hands to detect the leaks is a handy trick as some pipes may be located in dark places, like under your sink. In those cases, you’ll still be able to feel the leaks with your hands much better than sticking your head under the sink.
2. Shut off the main water supply
After detecting the problem area, shutting off the main water supply before you fix the leak is key. Leaving it on will only allow water to simply flow through the pipes and cause more water to spill out from the pipes.
Don’t forget to leave it off for at least 4 hours after you have treated the leaky area in order to let the patching dry and set. Some methods require you to leave the water turned off for longer.
Now that your main water supply is shut off, it’s time to dive into the different methods to stop the leaks.
3. Method 1: Adhesive Sealing Tape
Adhesive Sealing Tapes are great for leaky pipe joints because most of these tapes are soft, pliable and can easily adapt to the shape of the pipe joint. You can easily find this tape at a hardware store, we highly recommend you get one that is at least 1.5 or 2.0 cm in width so that you can cover as much area as possible.
One of the best features about the tape is you don’t have to wait long for it to set before turning the water supply back on. The only downside is that sealing tapes are only good for solving minor leaks and temporarily, they simply aren’t strong enough for more major leaks.
4. Method 2: Epoxy Resin
Epoxy is a type of plastic-based putty that becomes solid when it dries. You can find these putties sold in little rolls at hardware stores. To fix the leaking pipes, all you have to do is spread it around the leak and let it dry for about 3 to 4 hours. The putty will patch any pinholes or cracks as it dries to stop the leak.
Epoxy resin is a very flexible material which makes it a suitable choice to patch leaks for both metal and PVC pipes.
5. Method 3: Cold/Heat Shrink Sleeves
Cold/heat shrink sleeves are polymer sleeves that shrink when heated. They are able to fix parts of your pipe where you can easily fit the sleeves through and are able to adhere to the pipes and seal them.
However, these sleeves are not very strong so you can only use it if there’s a single leak without high water pressure.
Now that you have discovered the ways to fix your leaking pipes, it’s time to use this knowledge. Some of these fixes may not be very long-lasting, to get a more permanent fix for your leaks, do hire our professional plumbers and enjoy great benefits such as a reservice if unsatisfied.