How To Repair a Leaking or Burst Pipe

Pipes are designed to provide a homeowner with years of hassle-free use, but the fact is that they can develop smaller or larger leaks over time. Leaks may develop due to loose joints, weather-related events, impact to the pipe and more. Whether a leak is larger or smaller in size, it is imperative to repair it quickly. Even a small amount of water that is leaking from a pipe can result in costly water waste, water damage and even destructive mold growth in your property. By learning more about the different steps that you can take to fix your leaking or burst pipe, you can determine if this is a project that you want to tackle on your own or if you should call a professional plumber to repair the leak for you.

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While waiting for our plumbers to arrive you can follow the following steps:

water meter main shut off valveStep 1: First, you should turn the water to your property off as soon as you suspect a leak. This will eliminate unnecessary water waste while you repair the leak, and it will also prevent unnecessary additional damage to your property. If your leak is located on a pipe under the sink, you can turn off the localized knob attached to the sink. If it is located elsewhere, it may be necessary to shut off the main water supply to the home.

Step 2: Then, you will need to determine the location of the leak. Some leaks are easy to find because they are located on pipes under your sink or in other visible areas. In some cases, however, you may discover a wet area on your wall or floor that indicates a leak, but the leak may be located deep inside your wall. While plumbers can use advanced leak detection equipment to pinpoint the leak’s location, you may need to cut away patches of drywall to find your leak. Keep in mind that a pipe that is wet to the touch is not necessarily leaking. Condensation can make it look like a pipe is wet due to sweating. If a pipe is sweating, different steps to stop the moisture would be required.

Step 3: Determine which repair option is most suitable for the leak. There are many ways to repair a leak. For example, a leak located at a joint may be repaired by simply tightening the fittings around the joint. If the leak is located away from the joint and is relatively small in size, you may use a rubber patch with a C-clamp to seal off the leak. Another option is to use a waterproof epoxy or waterproof tape over the leak. If the leak is larger or if you have copper pipes that require soldering, the need for professional services may be critical.

It is important to note that some leaks are caused by older pipes that have become weakened due to corrosion or other factors. If your leaks are caused by corrosion or general weakness, you may find yourself regularly dealing with leaks until the pipes are replaced. A Singapore plumber should be called on for replacement service if this is the case.

Water leaks are serious issues for homeowners, and this includes even small leaks that may initially seem rather minor. It is imperative that a homeowner takes immediate steps to turn the water supply off and to fix the leak as soon as possible. If you have noticed that you have a leak on your property, you can inspect the pipe initially to determine what repair efforts may be required. By taking this step, you can then determine if repairing your leaky or burst pipe is a task that you want to tackle on your own.

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