Not all of us want to spend hours trying to fix the plumbing in our homes ourselves, but we can’t always wait until a plumber can make a house call. Thankfully there are options for those who are less inclined on a DIY approach and more likely to call a plumber instead. While many plumbers operate 24/7, there are times when you need a quick fix before you make the call. Alternatively, leaking pipes in Coral Gables Florida don’t always warrant having a full replacement or repair done straight away. This guide will give you a quick and easy way to repair your leaking pipe temporarily. Let’s get started:
Switch off the Mains
With all plumbing tasks around the house, start by switching off the main water supply that is connected to your home. This stops the water from flowing through the pipe while you repair it and lowers the risk of a big mess later on.
Draining the Water
Even with the water mains shut off, there is still water in the pipes. Turn on the faucets in your home to drain the excess water, then wipe the pipe dry with a towel or cloth. Remember to allow the pipe to air dry completely before doing anything else with them.
Patch it Up
Invest in a good, waterproof epoxy that you will use to seal the leaking pipe. Your hardware store should stock a variety, so don’t be shy to ask for the best option. Use a putty knife to seal it up and then cover the leak with a piece of rubber. Make sure that you cover the area completely before tightening the clamp down on the rubber seal. Once that is done, allow the patched pipe to settle for an hour or so.
Be Extra Careful
Once the rubber seal has settled down, you can double your efforts to prevent a leak by wrapping water resistant tape around the rubber once it has dried. This not only adds protection to the rubber seal, but also ensuring that the leaking pipe is a thing of the past. You can then turn the water back on and check to see if there is a leak or not.
These tips above are just plumbing basics that may help you get through such emergency. But if you discover that the leak is stubborn and your best efforts are for naught, remember that it’s best to call in a plumbing professional to take over for you. They are surely trained on how to fix burst pipes and other related issues.
Watch this video to learn the step-by-step process of repairing leaking pipes!