A plumbing leak can cause severe damage to the walls in your house. A leaky pipe can moisten drywall, giving water the chance to get through the walls and make wet spots on your floor. Constant wetness or musty smells can indicate that you have a leak. If caught early, the drywall section can be replaced. If left unfixed, the moist environment can lead to black mold growth. A persistent leak will mean a larger section of the wall (and possibly the floor)will need to be replaced.
How Can I Patch a Leaky Pipe Until the Plumber Shows Up?
Follow these simple steps to temporarily patch up a pipe:
1. Discontinue the Water Flow
Try to turn off the water supply valve for that pipe in particular or turn off your home’s main water shut off valve. Run the faucet if it’s close to the leak to let out any remaining water.
2. Dry the Pipe
You can wipe off the pipe with a dry cloth to create a dry surface. Wipe any surrounding areas like cabinets or fixtures. Mop up any water on the floor and clear the area before the plumber gets there.
3. Tighten Joints and Prepare Pipe
Use an adjustable wrench to tighten joints on the pipework. The patch won’t stick to the pipe if the surface is not smooth. Remove any rough spots using a metal file.
4. Patch Up the Pipe
You can use epoxy putty as a temporary fix. Break off a piece of the putty and knead it using your hands. Apply it on the crack or hole and push it in. If you have no epoxy, you can use duct tape. Apply several layers as tightly as possible until the plumber arrives. When he gets there, he can make an assessment, take the measurements, replace the pipes, and make sure they are good to go before turning the water back on.