Repairing a leaking pipe is a multi-step process that may be best left for the professionals. It’s not like the infomercial where a piece of plasticized putty is placed over it to keep the water from leaking out. Here is what actually is involved in repairing a leaking pipe:
Find The Source
First, you need to find the source of the leak. Without this knowledge, you won’t know which pipe (or pipes, depending on how bad the problem is) to fix. You should already have a general idea of which pipe it is, based on where the puddle or drips of water are. Once you’ve found the source of the leak, you next need to gather your supplies. Depending on the size of the leak, you may need to remove a section of pipe.
Turn Off The Water
Before you begin to fix the leak, you need to turn off the water to your house. Never try to take apart your plumbing without turning the water off first. This can cause an even bigger flood to occur. After you’ve turned the water off remove the faulty pipes at the joints. Then, replace them with pipes in the correct (matching) size, and replace the washers and fittings. Then, you need to reconnect everything – the pipes, the fittings, the washers and all. This will stop your leak in its tracks.
This process can be a bit complicated, as there is always the chaos factor. For example, your pipes might be particularly old and decayed, which means that more than one of them will have to be replaced. Or, your leak might be a symptom of a much larger problem. This is why it is always best to call in a professional, like Infinite Plumbing, if you have a leaky pipe.