The first thing you should do when you notice a pipe is leaking is to get
a hold of a plumber. However, finding a reliable plumber who’s ready
to roll as soon as your call comes in is not always the case, so you may
find yourself in a slippery situation. You’ve got water leaking
all over the house and you don’t have much time to lose. What can you do?
Since the solutions below are only temporary, we DO NOT recommend relying
on them instead of calling in a plumber. But when you’re in a pinch,
they could alleviate some of the issues commonly caused by leaky pipes:
Epoxy compound: while they don’t work on all types of pipes, you
can plug up some leaks with an epoxy compound until the plumber arrives
to replace it. They work best on cast iron pipes and while a minor repair
might be all that is needed to solve the problem, you may want to consider
replacing old pipes altogether.
Clamps: pipe clamps are often used on aircraft carriers and submarines,
so they’ll likely be able to contain your leaky pipe until the plumber
comes in to save the day.
Wraps: you can wrap a piece of rubber around the leaking section of the
pipe to keep the leak under control. Once you’ve wrapped it, use
a C-clamp and small blocks of wood to make sure the rubber is wrapped
tightly in place. Don’t have old rubber tubes lying around? An old
garden hose will suffice.
Sleeves: have a pinhole or joint leak? Repair sleeves work best with smaller
cracks, but if they’re left too long, the problem can spread.
A leaky pipe is an issue that should not be treated lightly. Call on the
expert plumbers at Hero Plumbing, Heating & Cooling right away and
we’ll make it a point to get to you as quickly as possible. After
all, fast service is a top priority.