How to Handle a Broken Pipe
Today, most plumbers offer emergency plumbing services and will arrive at your location promptly if there’s a burst pipe or other such problems. However, sometimes it’s just not convenient to call a plumber and you need a temporary fix. At SPS Plumbers, we always encourage our clients to call us during emergency situations because our lines are open 24/7. However, if you have a broken pipe and need to temporarily seal it, you can take the steps mentioned below:
- Shut Off Water Supply – Before you attempt to temporarily fix the broken pipe, you need to shut of the water supply. The flow of water won’t allow you to work comfortably with the broken pipe and cause extensive amounts of damage to the surrounding areas. You should let the water drain from the damaged pipe completely before you pat it dry with a rag. This ensures you have a clean and dry surface to work with.
- The Pencil Method – This is ideal for small pin-sized holes in the pipe and the solution won’t cost you money or time. All you need to do is take a sharpened pencil and press the graphite tip into the pin-sized hole. The tip will conform according to the size of the hole unless the hole is too big. Once the tip is firmly logged, break it off from the pencil. This will ensure that only the graphite tip is sealing the pipe and the wooden section of the pencil doesn’t protrude from the sealed pipe. You can wrap duct tape around the sealed section to keep the pencil tip in place until you can repair the pipe.
- Epoxy Putty – Not all holes and cracks can be fixed by the pencil tip. If they’re too big, you can use the epoxy putty to seal it. These putties are easily available in hardware stores and online. They have a clay-like consistency and can be moulded into any shape. After they’re allowed to dry, they harden and don’t budge easily. All you need to do is apply the putty according to the instructions mentioned in the packet and let it dry. Make sure you cover the entire damaged area to prevent any additional leakages. Water has a tendency to escape if given room. This solution should hold for a few days, if not weeks.
- Repair Kits – You can also purchase repair kits from your local hardware store and use them to patch the cracks or holes for longer than a few days. You will still need to replace the pipe eventually but these are great long-term solutions that can last for a few months. For example, if you’re scheduled to do a full renovation in a couple of weeks or months, you can use these repair kits to form a tight seal over the damaged pipe until the renovation. This will help you save some money.
This is a temporary fix so it’s important to call a professional plumber and get the pipe replaced as quickly as you can.
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