Temporary Leak Fixes
Any homeowner knows that plumbing problems are a constant battle. From leaky faucets to sewage backups, there are always bound to be issues popping up over time. For some issues, it may be frustrating to wait for plumber availability. This can be upsetting because aside from the water usage increase, a leak can cause structural damage as well. So, if you are unable to get a plumber out immediately, here are some temporary leak fixes you may try. These should hold until you can get a professional out to make a permanent fix.
Clamp Down on Leaking Pipes
Pipe clamps are good to try if you have a broken pipe. You can find these at most hardware stores. You may hear them referred to as a “plumber’s band-aid”. They usually consist of two mating plates. Basically, you just screw these together around the pipe. This should hold the pipe together until a technician can make it out to repair the pipe.
Duct Tape? No, Plumbers Tape!
You may have seen “plumber’s tape” at your local hardware store. This is a tape made from a special silicon material. Basically, you just wrap this tape tightly around the leak. It will bond to itself to form a temporary seal. This is handy if you discover the leak after hours or on the weekend. It should help to contain the leak until you can get a technician out during regular hours. This could save you some cash to avoid emergency hour fees!
Leak in the Middle?
Rubber pipe connectors are a good solution if you have a leak at a joint or in the middle of a pipe. If you have cast iron piping, an epoxy compound can help you out. Simply apply it to the leak for a temporary fix. In most cases, it should hold until a technician can make it out.
Want a Permanent Solution?
At Express Plumbing Heating & Air, we are committed to providing you with the best service to suit your needs. We are available 24/7 for all of your urgent needs. We hope that these tips are helpful to you in the instances where you would like to avoid an after-hours fee. If you need help with a permanent fix, give us a call today! And for more content see our blog and like/follow our Facebook Page!