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How to Fix Leaking Pipes
- Sep 18, 2018 -


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.

PART1: Stop the Leak

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1. Shut off the water valve to the pipe.

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2. Turn on the faucets to drain the water that is left in the pipes.

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3. Wipe the pipe dry with a towel or cloth. Allow it to air dry completely before continuing.

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4. Use a putty knife to put some epoxy on the leaking area.

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5. Cover the leak with rubber. Make sure it is completely covered before moving to the next step.

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6. Tighten a clamp down on the rubber and allow it to set for an hour.

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7. Use water resistant tape to cover the rubber after it has dried. This will serve as double protection.

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8. Turn the water valve back on and make sure there is no leak.


PART 2: Cut Out the Pipe if it Has a Large Leak

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1. Measure the size of the pipe and buy a replacement at your local plumbing or home improvement store.

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2. Shut off the water and drain the pipes.

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3. Use a metal cutting saw to cut out the damaged piece of pipe.

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4. Polish the ends of the remaining pipes.

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5. 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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6. Tighten the coupling of the joining piece to make sure it is secure and doesn’t leak.

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7. Turn the water back on.