4 Ways to Resolve Your Leaky Pipe Problems
Drip no more.
One of the worst sounds for any homeowner is a constant drip coming from the tub or sink. If that drip goes on for too long, it can cause some serious problems. For example, water accumulating under a sink or tub can rot the floor, creating the perfect conditions for mold.
While discovering a leaky pipe can be stressful, getting an immediate fix doesn’t have to be. You can find the right tools and supplies — screwdriver, scissors, plumbing wrench, sealants and repair clamp — for a temporary fix at your local hardware store. Here are some quick-fix ideas.
Start by draining the water line. Shut off your home’s main water supply, flush the toilets and turn on all the faucets to allow everything to drain.
The cause of the leak could be a loose coupling nut that connects the drainpipes and P-trap, which is the U-shaped pipe that traps waste and prevents sewer gases from entering your home. If this is the cause of your leak, simply use a wrench to tighten the coupling nut.
If the leak persists after you’ve tightened the coupling nut, it’s possible that the watertight seals in the pipe threads are worn out. To fix these temporarily, you can use either plumbers tape or silicone tape. Plumbers tape is an effective sealant that provides emergency relief from leaks. It’s easy to apply and flexible. Silicone tape is a good solution for low pressure lines and creates a seamless waterproof layer when stretched. To use it, wrap the tape around the pipe, stretching it as you wrap it tight over the area of the leak.
A patch-and-clamp combo will do the trick for bigger water leak repairs. To do this, follow the steps for a temporary fix using tape, tighten the clamp and then turn on the water to be sure you’ve sealed off the leak.
If the leak persists or you’re unable to complete any of these repairs, it’s best to call a local plumber.