Simple Steps in Repairing Pipes
Posted on Oct 17, 2013
One of the things we hate occurring are leaking pipes in our home. First, leaking pipes makes our water bill rise. And second, a little flood will devastate our house. True enough, inspecting pipes is often neglected during our minute session of do-it-yourself mini home inspection. Pipes are hidden; making us too lazy to check upon it. However, that negligent act can cause problems. If it’s already too late to call home inspectors and repairers, it’s high time for you to remedy the situation first.
Which area does it leak?
Observe closely where the leak comes from. If you have found it, turn off the water supply in that particular area. Usually, there are shut-valves installed in your pipe lines so you can turn the water supply off in a particular area.
Determine the cause of the leak.
Before you take the necessary actions, it is vital to determine what causes the leak. Check the pipe whether it has holes. If it doesn’t have any, check whether the pipe has loose threaded joints. Determining the cause of the leak will prompt you in a more appropriate action.
Clean and dry the affected pipe.
Cleaning and drying the pipe is essentially the first step if you are going to repair your pipe. If you are going to fix the pipe by applying tape and seal, cleaning and drying it will help to make these materials stick. Clean the affected pipe line with sandpaper. Remove the molds, then wipe the pipe dry and clean.
Tighten the threaded joints.
Whether the cause of the leak is a hole, take this chance to tighten the threaded joints of your pipe line. This is important so that there will be no more pipe leaking in the future caused by loosened threaded joints. Get your wrench and start tightening the bolts of the threaded joints.
Wrap it with tape.
If the cause of the leak are holes, get your sealing plumber’s tape and wrap it around the affected pipe. Wrap it until several layers are formed. Be sure to wrap the tape tightly and it should extend a few inches starting from the pipe leak.
You can also wrap a well-cut hose (garden hose) around the pipe before you apply your tape. This is to manage the holes and leaks better. A rubber hose material aids securely in covering the holes. Or if there is just a minor leak, you can use clamps.
If you are still worried whether you have done a good job in repairing the leak of your pipes, you can call us and we will respond to your concerns immediately.