How to Patch a Leaky Pipe Until the Plumber Arrives

It’s the middle of the night, and you notice a leaky pipe in your bathroom. You call a professional plumber for emergency repairs, and they agree to come out right away – but in the meantime, water is spraying everywhere. What do you do?

As a temporary fix for your leaky pipe, try the following steps. Patching the pipe won’t permanently solve the problem, but it can help minimize the damage until the professional plumber arrives.

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Stop the Water Flow

Before you can patch a leaky pipe, you need to stop water from flowing through it. If you’re not sure where to find the water supply valve for that particular pipe, turn off your home’s main shut-off valve. Then, run the faucet closest to the leak to drain away any remaining water. 

Wipe the Pipe Dry

No patch will stick well to a wet surface, so take a clean cloth and dry off the pipe. While you’re at it, wipe the surrounding cabinets and fixtures, mop the floor and clear the area. By doing so, you can prevent further damage and ready the room for the professional plumber to complete the repair. 

Tighten the Joints

Look at the plumbing in the area of the pipe leak and use an adjustable wrench to tighten the nearby joints. The fittings may already be tight, but if they aren’t, tightening them can help form a stronger seal, making your temporary patch job last until the professional plumber arrives. 

Prepare the Pipe

To successfully patch a leaky pipe, you need to make sure the surface is smooth – otherwise, the patch won’t stick. Using a piece of sandpaper or a metal file, gently remove any rust and rough spots surrounding the spot of the leak. 

Patch the Pipe

The way you temporarily fix a leaky pipe while you wait for the professional plumber to arrive depends upon what you have on hand. Epoxy putty can work – simply break off a piece, knead it in your hands, then push it in and around the crack or hole. A piece of neoprene or rubber from a garden hose along with a few pipe clamps can also seal the leaky spot.

If you don’t have any epoxy putty or pipe clamps, reach for the duct tape. Wrap several layers around the leaky pipe, applying it as tightly as you can, and the fix should hold until the professional plumber arrives.

American Plumbing Services is always available to perform emergency repairs. Based in Provo, we serve homeowners throughout the greater Salt Lake City area and the surrounding northern Utah communities. Our highly skilled professional plumbers have over ten years of industry experience, and we can provide an affordable, effective repair solution.

If you have a leaky pipe and need a professional plumber, contact American Plumbing Services anytime.

Have a Water Heater Leak? Here’s What to Do

A small water heater leak can quickly become a big problem. Damage to your floors, sub-flooring and walls can occur with even minor leaking – and damp, wet areas are the ideal environment for mold and mildew. The spores can grow within days, and an accumulation can cause further damage and lead to a host of health issues.

Furthermore, plumbing and appliance leaks only get worse over time. Eventually, leaking can cause the unit to completely fail, flooding your home and leaving you with huge repair bills.

If you have a water heater leak, addressing the problem now can save you from costly damage and stave off the health risk to your family. Here’s what you need to do.

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Turn Off the Power Supply

Stopping the flow of power to your water heater is the first step.

If yours is an electric model, head to the electrical panel box and switch off the appropriate circuit breaker. If gas is the source of power for your unit, look for an on/off switch or dial near the bottom of the tank.

Turn Off the Water Supply

Next, you need to prevent any more water from flowing into the tank.

To do so, find and close the cold water shut-off valve at the top of the unit. For most models, closing the valve is as simple as pulling down a handle or turning a dial clockwise. If, however, you cannot safely reach the valve, locate and turn off your home’s main water shut-off valve.

Call a Plumbing Repair Service

To deal with a water heater leak, you need the expertise of a professional plumber.

Depending upon the severity and nature of the leak, you will either have to repair the unit or install a replacement. An experienced local plumber can evaluate the situation and determine the necessary course of action.

Remember Routine Maintenance

Whether you get repairs or install a new unit, regular maintenance is recommended.

If you’re handy, you can handle the tasks yourself. Simply drain the tank twice a year, and periodically test the temperature-pressure-relief (TPR) valve. But for a more thorough inspection – and to prolong the life of your water heater – you may want to leave the maintenance to a professional local plumber.

For expert advice and plumbing repair solutions in the greater Salt Lake City area, call on the professional team at American Plumbing Services.

Based in Provo, American Plumbing Services is a northern Utah industry leader. We have over ten years of experience completing plumbing repairs and installations for homeowners throughout Utah and Salt Lake Counties, and we’re known for quality workmanship, stellar customer service and fair, competitive pricing.

If you need help with a water heater leak or any other plumbing problem, contact American Plumbing Services for a free consultation today.