Fixing leaky pipes in plumbing

The best method of dealing with a leaky piece of pipe is to replace it with a new section. The fact remains, however, that pipes always seem to spring a leak when it is virtually impossible to locate a plumber or the necessary pipe and tools to do the job yourself. A situation like this calls for some sort of temporary measure; otherwise, the entire plumbing system, or at least a portion of it, will have to be closed down until the leak can be repaired.

A small leak in a section of pipe can sometimes be repaired by using a nail punch and hammer to force the metal around the leak to cover the opening. This will work very well on lead because it is an extremely soft metal.

To stop a leak in a section of galvanized or brass pipe, split a section of garden hose along one side so that is can be fitted over the pipe where the leak occurs. Hold the piece securely in place with adjustable hose clamps, such as are used for the radiator connections on automobiles, or by a piece of wire wrapped around each end of the hose and pulled tight before the ends are entwined.

If the break is too large to be repaired with a patch or even several patches, a length of garden hose can be sometimes used. This entails removing the damaged sections of pipe and substituting the garden hose until a new length of iron pipe can be installed.


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