Leaking pipework is fairly common in both domestic homes and business premises and there can be a variety of reasons why this might be an issue. Some causes include freezing pipes, wear and tear, blocked drains or even poor repairs.
While you’ll want to contact a professional to address the root of the issue, there are a few things you can do to solve the problem and prevent your home or business from flooding completely.
Fillers or putties
Using fillers and putties can help reduce the leak and it’s a fairly simple and inexpensive way to stop the problem in its tracks before any serious water damage occurs. This is the best method to use if the hole is small.
Remember to check that the putty has solved the issue by turning on your water supply once you’ve filled the hole and the substance is dry.
Pipe repair spray
This works well if you’re wanting a temporary solution and is versatile enough to use on pipes, drains, roofs, and even windows. It expands within the cracks and is weather and corrosion-resistant. Pipe repair spray is ideal if you need a fast repair.
This can also provide a secure and robust cover that will stop the leak in its tracks. Again, it will depend on the extent of the leak and the size of the hole but, if nothing else, fiberglass tape can be used until a professional plumber can take a look at the problem.
This can provide a more permanent solution, but it does take a bit more time and effort than the above quick fixes.
A slip coupling fits between two pieces of pipework, so you’ll need to cut the piece that needs repairing to enable a secure connection. The coupling should then fit onto the ends of the remaining pipe and attach together, though you might have to tighten it up to achieve a secure fastening.
If you use this method, it’s vital to choose the right size so you’re not left with a gap or too much coupling either side.
Other factors to consider
Many people don’t realise that it’s not just the internal pipes that are the responsibility of the homeowner. Stops taps and supply pipes, whether inside or outside, fall to the homeowner to properly maintain.
If you suffer any type of leaking pipe, it’s worth checking your home insurance or any other cover you have to see if you can claim for the repair costs.
Finally, even if a leak seems small and insignificant, there’s always a chance it could turn into a bigger problem so it’s a good idea to address any issue as soon as you notice it.