How To Patch Or Repair A Small Pipe Leak
Originally posted 2018-03-09 02:10:17.
Quick Fixes For A Small Pipe Leak
DIY Small Pipe Leak Repair
A small pipe leak repair is a repair job that you may want to tackle yourself. There are several easy plumbing pipe leak fixes for a DIY’er that can give you enough time to call in the experts at Henco Plumbing Services. If you have already located the source of the leak, your next step is to shut off the main water valve for your home or commercial building. If you think you can make the repair yourself, we have some tips listed below. If the project looks too difficult for you to handle yourself, contact Henco Plumbing Services of Vancouver, WA. You can call us at 360-773-8039 for rapid service or you can send us an Email. We’ll set up an appointment to come to your home or business, then we’ll pinpoint your plumbing problem and make repairs to your leaking plumbing.
Here’s some information from Do It Yourself to help you with your plumbing leak repair.
Step 1: Initial Steps
Observe which area of the pipe is leaking and then temporarily turn off the water supply to that place. The shut-off valve for a particular plumbing set up will be near the main pipe and has an external tap which simply needs to be turned in a counter-clockwise direction.
Step 2: Cleaning
Once the water supply is turned off, take a piece of cloth and wipe the pipe that you have to repair, dry. Clean the pipe so that there is no mold around that could block it later. For this, take some sandpaper that is fine, of 200 grit, and rub on the pipe surface where the leak is. This will make the pipe clean and dry making it easier for you to perform repairs.
These steps are all part of the necessary preparation in order to effectively repair smaller leaks. Essentially you are preventing any further damage by turning off the water. And cleaning the surface area allows for better bonding to the surface with a repair kit. See more information here:
Fixing A Small PVC Pipe
You may notice that your leak is dripping, rather than spraying. These types of leaks are more often found in what are non-pressurized drain lines and are often fairly easy to repair. As suggested by Hunker.
Screws and nails are just two of the common causes of small holes in PVC pipe. Luckily, the majority of these holes are created in non-pressurized drain lines. The larger drain lines that move wastewater from your upstairs bathroom or laundry room out of your home and into your septic or city sewer connection are large and therefore are installed close to the drywall of your home. Plastic repair epoxy creates a permanent repair on small holes made in non-pressurized PVC pipe.
Scuff the surface of the PVC pipe where the hole is located with the 200-grit sandpaper. Roughen an area that extends at least 1/4 inch past each side of the small hole, as this will allow the plastic repair epoxy to bond firmly to the surface of the PVC pipe.
This information from Hunker appears easy to follow with step by step instructions for fixing small holes in PVC pipe. Again, the emphasis here is properly preparing the surface area in order to ensure the best bond with the repair materials, like the plastic repair epoxy.
From the simple to the advanced, check out this video for some common and practical solutions to pinhole leaks in copper pipe.
Video: Fix Leaking Pipe Pinholes – Plumbing Tips
Repair A Small Copper Pipe Leak
Although the initial idea may appear very complex to the average homeowner, with some specialized tools, many simple plumbing repairs can be tackled effectively. One Project Closer has information in the article below.
Use a Repair Clamp to Fix a Small Copper Pipe Leak
Copper pipes can spring leaks for many reasons: corrosion, freezing and bursting, inadequate soldering, or human accident. For large holes, cracks, or bends, you’ll need to replace the portion of the copper line that broke with a new piece of copper. This involves a fair amount of plumbing know-how, but can be achieved by a do-it-yourselfer following our sweat soldering instructions.
If you’re not comfortable with the idea of cutting, heating, and solder-joining pipes, you’ll need to call a plumber to fix a large/unusual leak situation.
For very small leaks (also known as “pinhole” leaks), one easier solution is to use a repair clamp purchased at your local home improvement store for about $5.00. Repair clamps are metal sleeves with a flexible rubber pad inside that clamp over the pipe in the area where the leak has sprung. They are straightforward to use and can be applied in under 5 minutes. When applied properly, a repair clamp will last as long as the rest of the plumbing structure.
These simple and cheap solutions are great for a small leak However, you may not know where or how to start these repairs. Unless you feel you have the skills, equipment, supplies, and time, you will be better served by contacting a professional plumbing leak repair specialist. Henco Plumbing Services specializes in plumbing leak repair and, when necessary, plumbing pipe replacement (aka repipe).
Call us at 360-773-8039 or send us an Email and we’ll schedule a time to come to your home or office right away. We’ll examine your leaky plumbing pipes, make recommendations for repair, provide you with an accurate and affordable quote for services. Then, with your permission, we’ll solve your leaky pipe problem by repairing the pipe or replacing it with new section of pipe.
Sources: Plumbing Repair and Repipe