Plumbing pipe leaks are a common problem, especially when your plumbing is old and has seen a lot of wear. Pipe repair usually requires the help of a plumber when you want a permanent fix. While you can buy pipe repair kits at the home improvement store, those might only work temporarily. When water pipes are under pressure, permanent repairs are often necessary. Here are some options for plumbing pipe repair.
Cut Out A Section Of Plastic Pipe
If your home has plastic pipes, the plumber may need to cut out a section of pipe and patch in a new one. Plastic pipes are put together with connections, but the connections are often sealed with plumbing cement so they can't be taken apart to exchange sections of pipe. The plumber may need to cut out the damaged part of the pipe and then put in a new pipe along with new connections to eliminate the leak.
Solder In A Copper Pipe Patch
If your home has copper plumbing pipes, the plumber might need to use a pipe cutter to remove the damaged section of pipe. Then a new piece of copper pipe can be soldered in place.
Copper pipes sometimes develop pinhole leaks due to corrosion. These leaks can be stopped temporarily with pipe tape, epoxy, or pipe repair clamps. However, pinhole leaks often signal corrosion damage to the pipe and a high risk of another leak developing. Your plumber may examine the pipe and recommend replacing the whole pipe to prevent a future leak.
Put A Pipe Clamp On A Metal Pipe
If your home has old galvanized steel plumbing pipes, they might be corroded in places due to their age. Fortunately, a small leak might be repaired with a pipe clamp. These clamps are made of stainless steel with a rubber interior. The clamp is screwed onto the pipe and as the clamp is tightened, the rubber plugs up the leak. This only works on small leaks and leaks on straight sections of pipe.
This isn't considered a permanent repair, but a clamp stops the leak right away while you and the plumber decide on how to deal with your old corroded steel pipes. If all your pipes are bad, your home may need to be repiped before other pipes fail. Your plumber can help you decide if a temporary pipe clamp is a good idea. The clamp will stop the leak, but it won't stop corrosion and weakness in other areas of the pipe, so more extensive repairs may be needed later. For more information, contact a pipe repair service.