3 Important Tips for Leaky Pipes

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In our plumbing system, minor complications, when unattended will definitely turn into a disaster that the extent of the damage can be in a complete haywire. Thus, expect that the area where your pipes are situated will be in a total mess. On the other hand, due to advanced technology, there are various of repair methods that could be used to temporarily stop the leak or completely repair the  issue. Here are some of the most used repair methods:

Using a hose clamp

When in the middle of a leak problem, you don’t really need a professional to assist you. This can be a D-I-Y operation. In your way to the local store, try to buy a rubber patch. With the use of an automotive clamp, wrap the rubber clamp and hold it in place by using a c-clamp. Put the rubber patch on the top of the leaky surface and make sure to wrap it tightly and utilise screw in tightening other components. On the other hand, before tightening them, make sure that the clamp and rubber are aligned perfectly and are secured directly on top of the leak area. The setback of this repair method is that it’s only a temporary solution that can only last for several years.  With this, it would be best to replace the pipe in order to ensure the safety of your health.

Using an epoxy paste

If you’ve already discovered the area where the leak comes from, usually somewhere in the fitting, utilising c-clamp, clamping the pipe or an electrical tape won’t really repair the problem. For those leaks in your pipe fittings, you will need an epoxy paste for it. Apparently, before doing any pipe repair, you first have to activate the shut-off valve. Using the palm of your hands, flatten the epoxy paste and apply it on the damaged joint of the pipe. Afterwards, you should see that the paste doesn’t have any complications in adhering either on plastic or metal surface of the pipe. Furthermore, use either a putty knife or simply your thumb to put a paste between the fittings and the pipe. Lastly, leave it for at least 20 minutes to let the paste dry.

Taping the pipe

The pipes can be an effective way in dealing with cracks and leaks on the surface of your pipe. Before doing so, you have to find first the leaks. When doing this, it’s best to leave some water in the pipe. After finding all the leaks, use the shut-off valve. Then, by using a rag, dry of the pipe and begin to tape the portion of the pipe with leaks by using an electrical tape. When taping the pipe, make sure that you wrapped at least 6 inches to ensure that the tape won’t peel off easily. On the other hand, this isn’t really a permanent solution to the problem. After doing this temporary repair method, you have to start thinking of alternatives that could permanently solve the issue.

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