We depend on our plumbing systems to run perfectly all the time. When they don’t, it seems that something like the whole world is against us. Most of the problems with plumbing revolve around water being in places it’s not supposed to be; clogged drains sending wastewater onto the lawn would be an example of that. Some of the worst problems result from a water leak from a supply line, which is something a professional plumber can diagnose.
Water leaks can cause a myriad of problems from ruining carpet and wallboard to slip and fall accidents to destroying everything we keep in the cupboard under the sink. Not to mention that annoying drip, drip, drip sound in the middle of the night.
When you find a water leak, no matter where it is, you need to call a plumber to take care of it immediately. Water damage tends to get worse and more expensive as time goes on. While you’re waiting, though, here are a few short-term fixes you can implement to keep the water from destroying anything else in your home.
It’s important to understand that these fixes are only temporary solutions to use while you are waiting for the plumber to arrive. It’s important to work with a professional plumber in Dallas Fort Worth who can properly diagnose the cause of the leak and fix it.
Temporary water leak fixes
1. Turn off the water supply. The valve to do this is located in various places depending on what pipe is leaking. Sink shut off valves are usually located under the sink itself. Toilet supply valves are usually located close to the floor to the rear of the bowl.
Bathtub and shower supply lines are generally not exposed, so you probably won’t be able to turn those off. In this case, or when you see leaking water but can’t see the pipe it’s coming from, you must turn off the main water valve to your house.
With the main supply valve shut off no water will be available anywhere in your home, so this is a very temporary measure at best.
2. After turning off the water, dry the pipe which was leaking. You need to do this to apply a temporary fix to the water line.
3. If the leak is coming from a connection, use an adjustable wrench to tighten the nut. Connections rarely start leaking without an underlying problem. Tighten the connection as best you can so you can keep the water from leaking more while you wait for the plumber to come to apply a permanent solution.
4. Use a pipe clamp. This is a flexible sheet of rubber you place over the leak and then hold in place with clamps that go around the pipe and the rubber sheet. The rubber forms a temporary seal over the leaking area. Turn the water back on and tighten the clamps more if water is still leaking.
5. Use epoxy putty. Spread epoxy putty over the leaking area and wait for it to dry. The putty provides a temporary seal over the affected area. This only works on dry pipes.
The only real way to take care of water leaks for good is by calling a plumber. The fixes we mentioned are only temporary solutions and will not last long. Don’t delay calling the plumber because one of these temporary fixes is working. The underlying problem is still there, and a professional plumber can make sure the problem remains fixed.