This is How to Fix Minor Pipe Leaks By Yourself

Plumbing is something that freaks most of us out. We don’t understand the intricacies of how pipes and flushes work. We would rather let the professionals handle it than get our hands dirty. However, there are certain situations where you can DIY the repairs. Yes, you.

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It’s actually not that complicated. Minor leakages can happen for several reasons. Sometimes, the joints between the pipes become loose or the seals are old and no longer work. Patching them up is easy and here’s how you can go about it.

Before You Get Started

Run your hands over your pipes in order to detect where the leaks have sprung. Usually, you’ll be able to feel it with your hands much better as some pipes may be located in dark places, like under your sink.

Always shut off the main water supply before you fix the leak and 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, up to 12 hours.

After you have shut the water, wipe the pipes dry before beginning. Here’s what you can use to secure leaky pipes:

1. 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. Once you spread it around a leak, it will patch any pinholes or cracks as it dries, which takes 3 or 4 hours. Epoxy resin is a very flexible material and can be used both for metal and PVC pipes.

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2. Adhesive Sealing Tape

There are many adhesive sealing tapes available for your pipes. Get one that is at least 1.5 – 2.0 cm in width so that you can cover as much area as possible. Tapes are great for leaky joints and most of these tapes are soft and pliable. They will adapt to the shape of the pipe joint. You don’t have to wait long for it to set and can turn on your water supply almost immediately.

The only downside is that sealing tapes can solve minor or pinhole leaks, but won’t be enough for more major ones.

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3. Metal or Rubber Clamp

These types of clamps are very useful for metal pipes. Basically they are long cylindrical shaped seals made of metal and padded with rubber, or made or rubber alone. At both ends of the short tube are metal clamps that can be tightened to for a tight grip through which no water can escape.

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4. Cold or Heat Shrink Sleeves

Polymer sleeves that shrink are available to fix parts of your pipe where you can fit these sleeves through. These sleeves will be 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 heavy water pressure.

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When your leaks become unmanageable, you can always call upon the plumbers here at Kaodim┬áto ‘Kaodim’ things for you. No pipe repair is too small for them and you’ll be able to contact several plumbers at one time, increasing your chances of finding one that suits your availability and budget.