How To Repair Leaking Water Pipes
Leaking water pipes can be devastating and very costly. If you have never had to deal with leaking pipes then you are one of the lucky ones. Another lucky way is to be fortunate enough to afford a plumber. This is for those of us who either have to wants to takle home plumbing.
How To Fix Leaking Water Pipes
The first step is to find the location of the leak. Start by checking all the fittings. Elbows and couplings are usual suspects when it comes to leaks. If you have copper for PVC pipes the glue or solder may have come loose over time.
Now after you find leak turn off the water to the pipe. If you are lucky enough to have a shut off to the water pipe then great. If not you may have to shut off the main to the entire home. Even though shutting off the main water supply will prove annoying for everyone esle it will also help speed up the process because you will be more apt to get the job done.
Now that the water is shut off and you know where the leak is then its time to remove the leak. Using a pipe cutter, cut the pipe on both sides of the leak. If you do not know how to use a pipe cutter here it is. Place the cutter on the pipe and spin. Tighten the cutter and spin again. Repeat until the pipe is cut. Easy right.
Take the pipe that you cut out to the store with you. I say this because you want to make sure that you get the right size and parts all in on trip. I made the mistake and also had to make about 5 or more trips to the local pumbing supply store. I always utilize the man that is employed at the store. He is full of knowledge and will steer you in the right direction. Make sure that you buy Shark Bite fittings. These little items are a bit more pricey but they will make your job a lot easier and quicker.
Now your back home and ready to complete the job. Here all you need to do is clean all the pipes. This is essential to safeguard against future leaks. Shark Bite Fittings need a good clean surface to clamp on to.
Now take the fitting and slide it onto the pipe, until you hear it click. Do the same things with the other end of the fitting. Then connect the new pipe to the other part using the same method. Now your all done and its time to turn on the water.
Remember to have someone turn the water on slowly and watch for leaks. If you turn the water on too fast and the pipe comes apart its going to give you a big mess. If you have leaks then remove the shark bite fittings and reclean the surface of all the pipes.
If there are no leaks then you are completely finished.
Congratulations on a job well done.