HOW TO PATCH A LEAKING PIPE/FAUCET 

When you find a leaky and faulty pipe within your household, there is nothing you could do but to remain shocked and panic. Wrong! One of the most common problems experienced in every household is a leaking faucet or pipes. This is normal, since no single material in your house would remain strong forever. So, what do you do when there is a leaking in your faucet or pipe?

LEAKING PIPE/FAUCET

The best thing to do is to seek for professional help. That’s right, you have to call a plumber to fix things for you. However, when your house is slowly flooding because of the leak, what can you do to somehow stop the leaking while waiting for the plumber to arrive in the area?

Listed below are some of the tips on how to patch a leaky faucet or pipe.

1. Stop the Source of Water

The first thing you need to do before patching up these leaks is to actually stop the water from the source. If you are uncertain what valve to turn off, you could always have the choice to actually shut down the power of water from the source. Once you already did this, the next thing to do is to turn on the faucet nearest to the leak in order to drain off the excess water left in the pipe.

2. Clear the Area

After turning off the water supply and draining off the excess water, the next thing to do is to clean up the affected area. You could wipe off and even dry the affected pipe, as well as clean other parts that surround it such as the cabinets, the fixtures and the likes. Moreover, you should mop up the floor and get rid of any trace of water around the area. This is not only to avoid damaging these other things around the affected area, but it is also to prevent accidents caused by water build-up such as slippage and whatnot.

3. Prepare the Pipe

The next thing to do is to patch the leakage. Or not just yet. Before doing so, you have to prepare the affected area before remedying it with a patch. Smooth off the damaged area using a sandpaper. This is to ensure that there are no rust formations, limescale or some sharp and pointy edges. This will help the patch hold evenly and properly into covering the leak as soon as the professional help arrives.

4. Apply Epoxy

One of the best ways to patch up a leak is to actually cover it with a plumber’s epoxy. This could easily be purchased from your local hardware. Mix it properly until its ready to be used. Make sure that you shape the epoxy properly in order for it to patch up the leak properly. After applying it to the affected area, the next thing to do is to again smooth off the edges and leave it as is, based on the instructions written on the packaging. However, this could only a lot.

The best way to get rid of the negative effects of faucet leak is to ask for a professional plumber.

 

 

 

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