How To Fix A Leaky Pipe

Woman on phone calling plumber as she tries to stop a large pipe leak

Happy day three of Fix a Leak Week! Yesterday we kicked off our celebration by sharing some tips on how to check your home for leaks. Today, we’re going to shift our focus just a little bit and now talk about how you can fix them once you’ve found them! But since leaks can present themselves in a number of ways, and therefore may require a few different solutions, we’re going to speak a bit more generally about what you can do before a licensed plumber like ourselves arrives – take a look at our tips below:

  1. Step one is to always shut off the valve that controls the water supply leading to the pipe that has a leak. If you’re not entirely sure which one this is, you may even just want to turn off the shut-off valve that controls your whole home to be safe.
  2. Next, turn on your faucets so that you can drain whatever water is remaining in your pipes – having water free pipes can help keep things from getting too messy (and wet) when you first get to work.
  3. Should the leak be stemming from the joints, you may be able to get away with just tightening them for the time being – give this a try and see if you continue to notice any wet spots forming.
  4. On the other hand, if the leak is a result of a totally damaged pipe, you’ll need to replace that section. This can get tricky, so give us a call to help out.
  5. All in all, if you can see exactly where the leak is coming from, one way you can calm it down is to cover it with some epoxy putty. You may also want to consider covering the leak and the surrounding area with some waterproof tape while you wait for your plumber.

Although a DIY solution may be needed to prevent your home from flooding, it would be in your best interest to have a professional check things out to make sure your pipes have been patched up correctly. Here at Barker and Sons Plumbing & Rooter, we can repair any leak – even those you can’t see. For more information about our pipe leak detection and repair services, please give us a call at 714.630.8766.

And remember – check back to our blog later this week, where we’ll be sharing more information about leaks in honor of Fix a Leak Week!