A pipe leak is a plumbing problem that needs to be repaired promptly. Some leaks are an emergency, and they can cause a lot of water damage if not tended to right away. Other leaks are minor, and you might be able to make temporary repairs with tape, clamps, or putty until a plumber can fix the leak permanently. Here's a look at how a plumber might fix a pipe leak in your home.
Tighten Loose Joints
If you can see where the leak is located, such as under your kitchen sink, check the joints where pipes come together. If a joint is loose, simply tightening it might fix the leak. If that doesn't help, a plumber might need to use plumber's tape or joint compound on the threads of one end of the pipe before attaching and tightening the joint.
Solder A Hole In Copper Pipe
Your plumber might solder a pinhole in a copper pipe to stop a leak, but a more permanent fix could be to cut out the damaged area. Once the damaged piece of pipe is cut out, a new length of pipe can be patched in with solder.
Line Or Coat A Buried Pipe
A plumber can stop a leak in a pipe that's under the ground or under the slab of your home without having to dig the pipe up. This is done by blowing a coating through the pipe or pulling a liner through. A liner can be placed in a full length of pipe or used as a patch in a small area. The liner turns into a solid pipe that's inside the old pipe so there are no more cracks or leaks to deal with. The liners often have no joints, so there is a reduced risk of leaking and fewer places for tree roots to get in and cause damage.
When a liner or coating is used to repair a pipe leak, the contractor makes sure to choose materials that are safe for drinking water, and that will have a long life.
Replace A Pipe
Different things cause pipe leaks and different types of pipes are repaired in different ways. Your plumbing contractor chooses the best way to deal with your leak based on several factors, and sometimes replacing the pipe is the best option. This could entail breaking up your slab or digging up your yard so the old pipe can be taken out and a new one put in its place.
Sometimes a pipe leak reveals the plumbing in your house is old and on the brink of failure. In that case, the plumber might recommend repiping your home, which involves replacing all the old pipes so you don't have to worry about another pipe leak any time soon. For more information, contact a plumber.