4 Temporary Solutions for Pipe Bursts/Leaks
You should immediately locate the main shutoff valve and turn it off if ever a pipe bursts occur. This will prevent the pipes from leaking unlimited water supply. You should also call the nearest plumbing services in your location after turning the valve off.
There is still water leakage while you’re waiting for the plumber to arrive. You should do some momentary fixes instead of just letting the water leak. Listed below are some temporary solutions for pipe bursts. Take note that you can also use these methods for fixing pipes that have minor leaks.
1. Epoxy for pipes
Epoxy compounds are excellent temporary fixes for a leaking pipeline. It’s used with most pipe materials but epoxy is more effective if applied on cast iron pipes. Generally, here’s what you need to do:
1. Remove a small part of the entire epoxy and rub it with your fingertips. It’s just like clay when it’s still fresh so you can shape the epoxy clay with less effort.
2. Apply the epoxy on the cracks and extend the clay as long as you can. You mustn’t stretch it too much since it will make it thin and weak. A fragile epoxy won’t last long against the water flow. It’s important that you apply the epoxy clay as soon as possible. Leaving it for a long time will cause the clay to harden — making it impossible to manipulate the shape.
3. Press the epoxy clay with a paper towel or tissues. Inspect the edges of the clay if it has holes or cracks. Ensure the epoxy is attached onto the pipes.
2. Place a pipe clamp
You can also place a pipe clamp to block the water coming out from the crack. The rubber gasket’s design can fit onto the pipe perfectly. Be sure to tighten the internal screws of the tool. The crack is sealed with the pipe clamp but remember that this is just a temporary fix. You should still have a plumber inspect the pipes. This tool is best used for cracks that have medium to large sizes.
3. Pipe wraps
The pipe wraps’ application is the same with the epoxy. Wrap around the busted pipe and attach it. There are many pipe wrap products that you can purchase but we suggest using a fibreglass wrap. High quality fibreglass are easy to apply since no tools are required. These wraps can fix crack leaks, busted pipes, etc. You can also apply pipe wraps on most pipe materials such as copper, fibreglass, plastics, and many more.
4. Repair sleeves
These tools are best for joint leaks or pinhole cracks. It’s basically the same with pipe clamps but more suitable for small pipe leaks. Repair sleeves can hold a crack for a long time but then again, you should get a plumber to permanently fix the crack.
Take note that all of these are just temporary solutions for your cracks. Always have a professional to repair your damaged pipeline. You should also have your pipeline checked occasionally to identify any possible pipe damage.