A Quick Fix For A Leaky Pipe

If you've got a pipe leaking under the sink, don't panic. Whether it's late at night and you can't call a plumber or you don't want to dole out the cash, this is a repair you can do yourself as long as you know the proper steps. Fortunately, small leaks can be stopped and even fixed without having to do any major repairs, but it is best to make sure the pipe is in good condition in other places or else you'll experience another, possibly larger leak later on.

  1. As soon as you notice a leak, turn the main water supply to the house completely off.
  2. Connect a garden hose to the outdoor spigot and then turn the water back on, until the water inside the pipe has been run through and drained completely out.
  3. Remove all items from under the sink where the leak has been found.
  4. Throw anything away that cannot be dried and that has been waterlogged.
  5. Wipe the pipe off completely with a rag until it is dry to the touch.
  6. Measure the circumference of the pipe and write it down.
  7. Find or purchase a pipe clamp that matches the measurement of the pipe; these are fairly inexpensive. It may be a good idea to get one that is a size larger and a size smaller as well, just in case you don't find a perfect fit.
  8. Unscrew the nut from the clamp and pull the bolt out. Put them both aside in an area you can easily find them.
  9. Cover the pipe in the area where the leak is found, and rotate the clamp as the rubber sleeve inside of it covers the leak, creating a seal.
  10. Put the bolt back into the pipe clamp, and then reattach the nut tightly.
  11. Using a wrench, tighten the nut as much as possible until you notice that the head of the bolt is spinning. This indicates it is now installed as tightly as possible.
  12. Turn the water supply to the home back on, ensuring that the garden hose is still attached.
  13. Let the water run back through the hose until all air bubbles are removed and excess air is forced out. (Water should then begin streaming out.)
  14. Turn off the outside spigot.
  15. Check to make sure the pipe remains dry where the clamp has been attached as you turn the water back on.
  16. Periodically check the pipe to make sure that your repair job was effective and that there are no other leaks.

For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact a plumber in your area.