Homeowner Tips on Temporary Stopping a Leak
- Depending on size of pipe and leak, cut a piece of an old water hose and use two or three hose clamps over the leak itself, tighten down until it stops.
- If its a bigger leak follow the steps of above but add a layer of epoxy putty on top of the leak.
- You can buy a pipe clamp specifically for leaks you will need to know your pipe size. The most typical sizes are 1/2″ 3/4″ or 1″ you can buy all three and take the others back or keep them in your tool box in case you have another one.
- Magic leak tape is always sold in hardware stores where you wrap the pipe and leak very tightly until the leak stops.
- A telescopic coupling is always a good way to temporary stop a leak underground on a plastic PVC pipe. Measure and mark the pipe, cut the leaky pipe out and glue the coupling on to the both ends of the pipe.
We had one call that we arrived where a customer used a diaper wrapped with duck tape to temporary stop the leak. We found it funny but it actually worked, a diaper can hold lots of liquids and it certainly contained the leak until we got there.
When a leak is large, always shut the water off from the closest valve or the meter near the street. The best thing is to call a local plumber who can perform the repair for good and will protect the safety of you and your property.
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