4 Quick Fixes for Pipe Bursts/Leaks
If a pipe bursts, you should immediately locate the main shutoff valve and turn it off. This will keep the pipes from leaking an unlimited supply of water. After turning off the valve, you should contact the nearest plumbing services in your area.
While you wait for the plumber, there is still water leaking. Instead of letting the water leak, you should make some temporary repairs. Some temporary solutions for pipe bursts are listed below. Take note that these methods can also be used to repair minor leaks in pipes.
1. Epoxy for pipes
Epoxy compounds are excellent short-term solutions for a leaking pipeline. It is used on most pipe materials, but it is more effective on cast iron pipes. In general, you should do the following:
- Remove a small portion of the epoxy and rub it between your fingertips. It behaves similarly to clay when it is still fresh, allowing you to shape the epoxy clay with less effort.
- Apply the epoxy to the cracks and stretch the clay as far as possible. You must not overstretch it because this will make it thin and weak. A brittle epoxy will not last long in the face of water flow. It is critical to apply the epoxy clay as soon as possible. If you leave it for an extended period of time, the clay will harden, making it impossible to manipulate the shape.
- Using a paper towel or tissues, press the epoxy clay. Inspect the clay’s edges for holes or cracks. Ascertain that the epoxy is adhered to the pipes.
2. Place a pipe clamp
You can also use a pipe clamp to stop the water from coming out of the crack. The design of the rubber gasket allows it to fit perfectly onto the pipe. Make sure to tighten the tool’s internal screws. The pipe clamp is used to seal the crack, but keep in mind that this is only a temporary fix. You should still have the pipes inspected by a plumber. This tool is best suited for cracks ranging in size from medium to large.
3. Pipe wraps
The application of pipe wraps is similar to that of epoxy. Wrap it around the broken pipe and secure it. There are numerous pipe wrap products available, but we recommend using a fiberglass wrap. Because no tools are required, high-quality fiberglass is simple to apply. These wraps can be used to repair cracks, leaks, and busted pipes, among other things. Pipe wraps can also be used on a variety of pipe materials, including copper, fiberglass, plastics, and many others.
4. Repair sleeves
These tools are ideal for repairing joint leaks or pinhole cracks. It’s essentially the same as pipe clamps, but it’s better suited for small pipe leaks. Repair sleeves can keep a crack closed for a long time, but you should hire a plumber to permanently close the crack.
Keep in mind that all of these are only temporary fixes for your cracks. Repairing a damaged pipeline should always be done by a professional. You should also have your pipeline inspected on a regular basis to detect any potential pipe damage.