Fixing a leaking pipe may seem like a daunting task, and we would always recommend getting a qualified expert if you don’t know what you are doing, but for those with a little DIY know-how, it is perfectly possible to do yourself.
Leaks come in all shapes and sizes and some can be little more than a drip while others flood your entire home. How you stop the leak will depend on its severity and location on the pipework. While some may just need a little bolt or joint tightening, others may need pipe sections to be removed completely and replaced. If the leak is minor, you may find that some of the plumbing patch kits or plumbing tape and putty available at most hardware and DIY stores are more than sufficient to fix the problem, at least temporarily.
But if you are hell-bent on fixing a major leak yourself, then you’re in the right place. Here is a brief guide on how you can repair a leaking pipe in your home. Enjoy.
Turning off the water supply
This may seem like an obvious step, but if you have any leak in your property and wish to fix it you need to shut of your water supply. If you don’t your small leak will become a much bigger one once you start cutting into pipes.
Option 1: Apply Epoxy Putty (Temporary Fix)
If you want to stop the leak on a temporary basis you can apply a little plumbing Epoxy putty to the leak location. This needs to be done in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and should only be attempted with smaller leaks. Our tip is to make sure you wear latex gloves as Epoxy putty has a tendency to heat up when you are working with it.
Option 2: Clamp Small Leaks
A pipe clamp is a metal and rubber device that can be clamped around the site of a leak. Usually, these wraps around the location of the leak and tighten in some way to create a watertight seal. Pipe clamps are generally small and will not fit over bends or joints.
Option 3: Use a Slip Coupling to Replace the Section of Pipe
A slip coupling is a piece of pipework with rubberized watertight ends that can replace a section of pipe altogether. To use a slip coupling you will need to turn water off and drain the pipework before cutting out the leaking section to the exact size of the coupling. The coupling can then be pushed over both ends of the exposed pipe, creating a watertight seal.
Option 4: Get Out the Blow Torch
Okay, we would never recommend taking a blow torch to your pipework unless you really know what you are doing but if you insist on doing it the old fashioned way then… you’re already a plumber and don’t need our help.
What about insurance
Your home insurance will probably not cover you for leaking pipes but if you have home emergency cover, you will be able to get your issue resolved quickly and easily.