If a pipe in your home has a small pinhole in it, water will begin to leak inside of your home. The pressure that runs through the line can cause the problem to become worse in a short amount of time. Take some measures to prevent water damage and keep the pipe intact until the damaged section can be replaced.
Apply Pressure With A Clamp
A sleeve clamp is made out of two pieces of metal that are placed around pipes and tightened. This item will apply consistent pressure to the section that contains the hole, preventing it from becoming worse.
You'll first need to turn off the water supply. Wrap the damaged portion of the pipe with the gasket that came with the clamp. Place one half of the clamp on each side of the pipe. While holding the two sections together, insert a screw in each hole and tighten it.
Patch The Hole With Putty
Make sure that the water is turned off. Use a scrub brush to clean the section of the pipe that contains the hole. Dry the pipe and lightly sand the damaged area with rough paper. Putty can be molded so that it lays flat alongside the pipe. It is often used for larger cracks or holes.
Place gloves on your hands. Flatten the putty so that it is the same thickness throughout. Place it on the damaged portion, pressing it down firmly. The putty will take several minutes to set. Once it has hardened, it will stop water from flowing out of the pipe.
Use A Patching Kit To Stop The Leak
The water needs to be off when using a patching kit. Wipe off the damaged portion of the pipe and dry it. Sand the surface of the section that you will be repairing with paper that contains a low grit. Put on the rubber gloves that came with the kit. Place the pipe repair tape under water for a few minutes. This tape contains epoxy and it will be activated once the tape becomes wet.
Locate the end of the tape and attach it over the damaged section. Wrap the pipe with several layers of tape, making sure that the piece is secured tightly around the pipe. Moisten the outside of the tape and press it down firmly against the pipe. Once the tape dries, water will not leak out of the damaged portion.
All of these methods will temporarily fix the plumbing problem that you are experiencing. Of course, it is still important to have the damaged section of the pipe replaced in the next few days. The temporary repairs will allow you to use water inside of your home in the meantime and will give you extra time to set up an appointment with a plumber.
If you have other questions, contact a company like Aalco-The Drain Doctor for more help.