The plumbing and pipes in our homes can on occasion be susceptible to leaking. Some leaks can be minor resulting in small puddles around the affected area, however others can be far more damaging. In order to fix a leak, you need to first determine what kind of leak it is. If the leak is occurring at a joint, you should tighten the joint. If the leak is occurring somewhere along the pipe, it is advisable to remove that particular section and replace it with a new section. This however can sometimes be quite hard so calling in a plumber is often your best bet.
Special Repair Sleeves
In order to repair copper water pipes the size of the hole in the pipe is an important factor to consider. Once you have determined the size of the hole you will be able to repair it by cutting the pipe and soldering or ‘sweating’ on a pipe coupling. If however the hole is larger, you should buy a ‘sweat coupling’, which can be found at many DIY stores. First, mark the leak, so you know where it is and then turn off the water supply. Then drain the pipe of water so none spills out.
After this is done, you should cut out the section of the pipe with the leak and then cut the sweat coupling into a repair section that is about an inch longer than the gap you’ve made in the pipe. An important part of soldering a joint is to keep the insides of the pipe dry so a good idea is to place a cotton towel in the pipe to absorb any remaining water. Slide one end of the sleeve over one end of the pipe and gently slip it onto the other and make sure the sleeve is centred. To solder, hold the tip of the flame to one side of the joint and then repeat on the other side. Once enough of it melts and the joint is soldered move the flame away. Before starting the soldering process, you should make sure to utilise flame protectors for any wooden or flammable material nearby.
Tape and Epoxy
If you’ve never soldered anything before, or don’t have a solder, the easiest and quickest way of fixing a leaking pipe is to wrap the pipe with electrical or duct tape. You should start wrapping the tape before a significant amount of water has leaked out. Wrap diagonally until the entire area is covered. Another method is to use epoxy that works best for pipe joints and fittings. Before applying the epoxy you should drain any remaining water and clean them with steel wool.
Pipe clamps should be chosen to suit the size of the leak at hand. Clean the pipe thoroughly beforehand and wrap the leaked area with a rubber pad. Then screw the pipe clamp securely over this rubber pad. Utilising clamps can be used effectively to even stop larger leaks.
There are different types of clamps available for use such as hose clamps and C-clamps. Hose clamps are more specifically suited for smaller leaks and used in much the similar way as pipe clamps.
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