If a leaky pipe goes undiscovered, it can be one of the most severe plumbing problems. This is because water can cause significant damage to the surrounding environment and potentially exacerbate existing problems. The strongest line of protection against the aftereffects of a leaking pipe is proactive leak detection. If you catch a leaky pipe early on, you may save a lot of water, money, and the structural integrity of your home. Here are some things you may do while you wait for your plumber in Folsom CA.

 

Make Use Of A Pipe Bandage

While you wait for a plumber, a pipe bandage is a smart interim remedy. They are available at any hardware shop. Turn off the water, dry the area, and then apply the bandage. Remember, this is only meant to be a temporary solution while you wait for a plumber.

Stop It With Epoxy

If you have a pinhole leak, you might be able to stop it with epoxy. The water must be shut off, and the area must be dry for this repair. Before turning on the water, fill the hole with epoxy and let it dry completely. While you wait for a plumber, this should buy you some time.

Utilize a Duct Tape

That’s correct; duct tape can be useful for temporarily patching a leak while waiting for a plumber. Duct tape has numerous uses, so keeping a roll on hand for emergencies is good. They also produce silicone-based plumbing repair tape. This is useful for fixing minor pinhole leaks and leaks around joints. Again, this is just intended to be a short-term remedy. While duct tape can assist halt the flow of water, it is not a long-term solution.

Wrapping a Pipe

Longer-term relief may be provided by pipe wrap. It is a fiberglass tape that has been braided around the leaking pipe. It shrinks and hardens around the pipe as it dries after being wet. This creates a barrier that prevents the pipe from leaking while you wait for a plumber.

Turn the Water Off

Depending on the leak, you may need to shut off the water at the main shutoff valve. Because it reduces water flow throughout the house, this is the safest alternative. Do you know the location of your primary shutoff valve? If not, take a look at the following locations:

  • Examine your home’s perimeter, especially the street-facing side, where your water main enters.
  • Examine the outside of your house, particularly the utility area.
  • In the basement, look for the shutdown valve.
  • Look through your property inspection report if you can’t find the valve. 

A gate valve and a ball valve are the two most common valves. Turning the valve clockwise in either style cuts off the water supply to the entire house.

Once the crisis has been contained, be certain that everyone in your household knows where the valve is and how to turn it off. This will prevent future disasters if a leak develops while away from home.

Call Sacramento Repipe & Plumbing today for more plumbing tips and tricks or to schedule pipe repair with our pros. You can also contact us online.

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