3 Temporary Fixes For A Leaking Water Pipe

Do you have a water pipe in your house that's leaking? That can be a big problem. First, it can create a huge mess. It can also cause a big spike in your water bill. If not addressed quickly, the leaking water could also damage other elements in your house. Water can warp wood and cause concrete to crack. It can also cause mold and mildew issues. The first step is to turn off the water that flows through that pipe. However, you may not be able to keep it off for a long period of time. You also may not be able to get a plumber to come out right away. In that case, here are three simple fixes you can use to temporarily repair your water pipe until you can find a more permanent solution:

Use plumber's epoxy. This is available at any local hardware store. It's much like putty or molding clay. Make sure the water in your pipe is turned off. Then, pinch off a small piece of epoxy. Rub it around in your fingers and hand until it's loose and pliable. Then wrap it around the pipe and over the leak. Give it a few minutes to dry and harden. Feel it to make sure it's rigid. If it is, turn on the water and see if any leaks out.

Patch the leak with rubber and a c-clamp. Depending on the size of the leak, you may be able to patch it with a thick rubber band. Wrap the rubber band around the leak. Then use duct tape to tightly fasten the rubber to the pipe. After you do that, use a c-clamp to provide a additional support and hold the rubber and tape in place. Again, the pipe should be turned off while you're doing this. Turn it back on after the c-clamp is in place to see if any water leaks out. If the leak is too big to be covered by a rubber band, you can also try a larger piece of rubber, such as a flattened bicycle tire tube.

Tape the leak. This isn't preferred, but it's better than nothing. Turn off the water in the pipe and tightly wrap the leak with duct tape. It's important to make sure the tape is as tight as possible because water will find its way through any gaps. Once you've wrapped the pipe, turn the water back on to test. With this solution, you still should avoid using this pipe as much as possible. The tape will hold for a little bit, but it won't hold forever.

All of these solutions should be viewed as temporary fixes. Most plumbing companies respond quickly to water pipe repair service calls. After you've sealed the leak, call a plumber as soon as possible.