3 Quick and Effective Hacks For Leaky Pipes
Leaks can occur at any time of the year, of course, but there’s more of a risk to pipes in cold weather. This is when you might need a visit from an emergency plumber. Water expands when it freezes, and this can cause pipes to crack or burst. The problem is, a leak needs to be stopped quickly before it can cause water damage to your home.
With over 35 years’ experience, the skilled team at Kayjay Interiors provide a plumbing service for jobs of all kinds. Read on for our three handy tips on how to fix a leak until the plumber arrives.
Finding the source of the leak
The first thing an emergency plumber will do is find out exactly where your leak is coming from. Water can travel quite a long way before forming into a drip. So, make sure you identify the precise point of the leak. The next step is to turn off the water supply. You may be able to do this using the water valve on the pipe, closest to the leak. If not, turn off the stopcock, which is commonly located under the kitchen sink. If the leaky pipe runs to a tap, turn on the tap to get rid of any remaining water. Placing an old towel beneath the pipe is always a good idea to catch any drips.
Fixing a leaky joint
If water is leaking from a joint, it’s probably because it’s come loose. You might be able to tighten it by hand, but keep a spanner at the ready just in case. You’ll also need some plumbers (PTFE) tape, which you’ll find at any DIY retailer. Disconnect the joint and wipe the pipe with a clean cloth or rag. Wrap the plumbers tape around the thread at the end of the pipe about 4 to 6 times; making sure to wrap it in the opposite direction to which the pipe turns into the fitting. Reconnect the joint, then leave it for a couple of hours before turning the water back on.
Fixing a small hole
One way of fixing a small hole until the emergency plumber arrives is to use a pencil. Simply sharpen the pencil and then stick the point in the hole in the pipe. Break off the lead tip, which should remain lodged in the hole. Wrap duct tape around the pipe to keep the pencil tip in place.
Larger holes or cracks
You can often create a temporary fix for larger holes using a garden hose. Cut a piece that extends beyond the leak by about two inches on either side. Slit it lengthways and wrap it around the damaged pipe. Get it as tight as you can, and use hose clamps or duct tape to hold it in place.
Remember, a temporary fix will only last for so long. To avoid costly water damage to your home, call a reputable plumbing service like Kayjay Interiors as soon as possible. We would be happy to help you with all of your plumbing requirements.