How Do You Seal a Leaking Pipe?

A Plumber Tightens a Pipe With a Wrench.

How do you seal a leaking pipe?

While it’s usually best to leave pipe leak repair to professionals, some small leaks you can take care of yourself. Most do-it-yourself repairs will be temporary solutions, especially when you’re sealing pipes. To seal small leaks, you can use epoxy paste sold in sticks at most hardware stores. This material can only be used when the pipe is dry, so to make the repair the water must be shut off. The paste is simply rubbed over the hole to seal it. While a repair like this can stop a leak temporarily, these leaks often signify a bigger problem in your plumbing system, and a larger leak or other problem might be present. A professional can inspect your plumbing for major problems. When you need a serious pipe leak repair in Hendersonville, Mills River and Asheville, NC, turn to the professionals at All About Plumbing & Septic. We respond promptly to all service calls. Set up an appointment by calling 828-778-2425.

What is the best sealant for leaking pipes?

There are several good brands of epoxy putty on the market today. One preferred brand of sealant is Flex Seal. Another popular brand is Leak Seal Self-Fusing silicone tape. Each of these materials is used for different types of pipe leak repair.

Can you use plumbers putty to stop a leak?

Plumber’s putty is a type of sealant used for several types of a plumbing repair, although rarely for pipe leak repair. The material is very soft and pliable and forms watertight seals. It’s generally useful for preventing or stopping leaks on sinks. It’s not good to use the putty on a part like pipes where water pressure is involved. The putty just doesn’t make adequate seals over pipe threads.

Can you tape a leaking pipe?

Pipe leak repair tape is available to make temporary leak repairs. You have to use specially made self-fusing silicone or rubber tape, and you should only use it to make fixes on low-pressure lines. The tape is wrapped around the pipe, stretching and overlapping the tape to make sure it is tightly sealed over the damage. 

How do I fix a leaky PVC pipe?

PVC pipes typically develop leaks at their joints. Often pipe leak repair for PVC is fairly simple. Normally, you can use one of the following four methods to make a leak repair.

  • Wrap the pipe with silicone or rubber tape. This type of repair is effective where there is low pressure. It needs to be wrapped tightly and extended beyond the damaged area.
  • Apply epoxy over the damaged area. The pipe has to be dry and the epoxy must be allowed to cure for at least half an hour, though an hour or more is preferable.
  • Wrap the pipe with fiberglass resin. This is a special cloth that hardens after it contacts water. You have to work quickly with this material, as it only takes 10 to 15 minutes for it to harden.
  • Use rubber and hose clamps to stop a leak in an emergency. The rubber is tied around the leak itself and hose clamps are used to tighten the rubber. This is typically a better solution for straight pipes.

ABS pipe leak repair

ABS pipes are similar to PVC, but often more flexible and more resistant to extreme temperatures. They are primarily used for drain waste vent piping and you’ll often notice a sewer odor when they leak. Leaks usually occur if the pipe experiences external stress or if a joint becomes unglued. Some repairs just require you to pull the pipes apart and reglue them. You can do this if a leak has developed in a fitting. If the leak has developed in a length of pipe, the pipe will have to be cut and removed and a new length of pipe inserted to make the repair. If you have to cut into the pipe to make the repair, make sure local ordinances don’t require a certified plumber to cut into the pipe for repairs. You could be fined or even made to tear out your work and have a professional do it if the ordinance is violated.  

Drain pipe leak repair

Making a temporary repair for drain pipes is similar to a repair for any other type of pipes. Leaks can be repaired either with tape, epoxy or with clamps and rubber. Again, all of these solutions are temporary, and small leaks often indicate a bigger problem with your plumbing system. You can always get a professional to come out to make repairs and inspect your pipes.

A Leaking Pipe.

Pipe leak repair near me

Do you have leaky pipes? If you want more than a temporary pipe leak repair in Hendersonville, Mills River and Asheville, NC, you can always count on the trusted professionals at All About Plumbing & Septic. Call 828-778-2425 to book a service appointment today. We always respond promptly to service calls.