When a pipe cracks and begins leaking, it won’t take long before water pools in one or two parts of your home and starts damaging them. This is why you should call a plumber for help as soon as you find out that this is happening somewhere in your home. But what if you do not have a skilled, reputed, and reliable plumber on speed dial? Or even if you did, what if he is unable to get to your property on time for some reason?
You can stop a cracked pipe from leaking, at least until the plumber comes to fix it for you. Do the following steps quickly and you can save yourself from headache and a lot of expenses.
1. Gather the materials needed and put on appropriate safety equipment. For this task, you will need automotive clamps, heavy-duty scissors, heavy-duty rubber, and electrical tape. You may have all of them at home, but if not, you can get them from a hardware or plumbing shop. If you find the leak during the late hours of the night, you can get the needed materials at most 24-hour stores.
2. Cut two pieces of rubber using heavy-duty scissors. Every piece needs to be long enough so that it covers the crack’s entire length and two inches more. It should also be wide enough so that it can be wrapped around the pipe.
3. Wrap a rubber piece around the leaky portion of the pipe. Make sure to position it so the middle part of the piece covers the crack, rather than the seam.
4. The second rubber piece should be wrapped around the first, making sure that the latter’s seam is located on the opposite portion of the pipe, particularly from the end of the first rubber piece.
5. Secure the rubber patches tightly using automotive hose clamps. Set a clamp on every portion of the crack.
6. Have the exposed second rubber seam sealed using strips of electrical tape.
The plumbers you called will have arrived in your home once you finish doing this task. Or you will have more time to look for a plumber to help you out once you have done this. If it’s the latter, that means additional time to ask prospects and their previous clients about how they work, if they have the needed licenses and insurance, and if they have the best equipment for the job.