So, you’ve sprung a water leak and the plumber is coming to fix it—but not until next week! Sometimes you can get away with just throwing a bucket on top of the problem spot, if it’s small enough and out of the way. A big leak or a burst pipe, however, can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time.
Fortunately, there are a few temporary fixes for troublesome leaks that you can install yourself until a leak repair specialist arrives!
Turn off the water.
If you can swing it, the easiest solution is to simply cut off the water supply to the area. Sometimes you can localize it, but if your leak is more severe or in a central location, you might have to turn off the main valve entirely. At the very least, you should turn your water off until you apply a temporary seal!
Pipe clamps are your best friend.
For an easily accessible leak, pipe clamps should be your go-to fix. They’re easy to find and sturdy enough to offer a longer-term result. Pipe clamps aren’t designed to be a permanent solution, but they’ll do a great job containing your leak for the time being.
For mid-pipe leaks, use rubber pipe connectors.
A pipe connector wraps around your pipe to seal off cracks on the joint or in the middle. These are ideal for heavy duty leaks like the toilet or laundry machine, as they can help stop other drainage materials from pooling around it and making it worse. They do require a bit of cutting though, so you should consult with someone who knows what they’re doing first!
If you think you’ve sprung a leak, the experts at Inland Empire Leak Detection will come to your home to detect the presence and source of a water leak free of charge. Then, we’ll send out a team to handle the problem. We even offer emergency leak repair 24/7 for plumbing issues that just can’t wait!
If you suspect a water leak in your home, give us a call at 951-442-5339 today so we can get you the help you need!