It’s a Wednesday morning and before your alarm wreaks havoc through your ears, you hear a dripping sound coming from the bathroom instead. Half awake, you get up and find a small puddle of water building up; one of the pipes are leaking. Before the pipe bursts and transforms into a water spraying monster, you need to solve the issue. Fast. But what about work in 40 minutes? And how are you going to get the kids ready for school? Is there a quick, temporary way to fix this common household dilemma? Read on and find out!
The Simple Wrapping Method
For leaks that are tiny and harmless, a simple wrapping or taping method can fix the dripping area. Handy Hint: Always have a waterproof tape or a water pipe sealing tape in your DIY cupboard. This will temporarily – but effectively – fix small leaks. Commonly found in kitchen or bathroom sinks, make sure to tape the pipe with caution and care. Wrapping the pipe aggressively can cause other trickles to occur around the lining.
The Plumping Epoxy or Plastering Method
A common way of handling a small leakage is by plastering the damaged area using a plumbing putty epoxy. This product is designed to coat leaking areas and is versatile on a number of different bonds including PVC and fiberglass. What’s the best thing about it? A plumbing epoxy works on both dry and wet surfaces, setting on the applied area in three minutes. To do this, grab enough epoxy for the wet area and scrunch the product like a clay to loosen its form; safely spread the epoxy using your fingertips.
C-Clamp and Rubber Tape Method
The C-Clamp and rubber tape method is one of the most useful ways to repair thin to medium sized pipes. To do this safely, begin by towelling the wet area/s with a cloth. You can take a resilient form of rubber such as a thick rubber band big enough to wrap around the entirety of the seepage. As you tightly wrap the rubber, use an electrical or waterproof tape to hold everything in place. The final step involves a C-clamp that goes around the damaged patch to create pressure with the tape. For other simple DIY plumbing advice, visit the Capital Plumbing website to watch some of their informative plumbing videos, including information on how to prevent leaks from occurring in the first place.
The Bucket and Garden Hose Method
This procedure is suitable for pipes with constant leakage, and can be used as a second form of security for wrapping and epoxy procedures. First, find a container that can fit under the pipe and drill a hole at the top of the sides, big enough to fit your tube. Place this tube inside the drilled holes and use tape and hot glue gun to fasten the two objects together. After you’ve created your device, place this under the dripping area and put the hose outside or in a drain.
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