Fixing Water Leaks—Fast

July 21, 2014

Tips for temporarily stopping a water leak until you have time to call a professional plumber.

Fix LeaksA leaky pipe or plumbing fixture can be an annoyance or a disaster, depending on the location of the leak and the volume of water that’s escaping. Even if the leak is very small, you probably don’t want to just let the water keep flowing until the plumber arrives to fix it. Here are some quick tips that will help temporarily stop water leaks to minimize damage while waiting for the plumber.

Shut Off the Water

Obviously, the most effective way to stop a leak is to stop water from flowing to the leaky pipe or fixture in the first place. If the leak is coming from a faucet or toilet, you can shut off the water to that fixture and still use the rest of your plumbing. The shutoff valves will be located on the wall beneath the sink or toilet.

If the leak is coming from a pipe rather than a fixture, you will need to shut off the entire water line. In some properties there are multiple water lines serving different wings or areas of the property, enabling you to shut off water to the specific affected area. In many properties, however, there is just one main shut off valve, typically located on the outside of the building where the water main enters the house.

If you can’t find the main shut off valve, consider calling the water company and asking them to temporarily shut off your water. This should only be done in a true emergency involving a huge leak. Otherwise, it’s best to have the water on so that when the plumber arrives they can easily test the rest of your plumbing for leaks.

Clamp It

If the leak is located on an easily accessible and straight length of pipe, you might consider attaching a plumbing clamp to help control the leak. These clamps are widely available at hardware and home improvement stores. For added protection, consider covering the leaky part of the pipe with a thin scrap of rubber before placing the clamp.

Call L.A. Master Plumbers for Professional Pipe Repair

Once you have the leak temporarily under control, it’s time to call L.A. Master Plumbers for professional pipe repair. We do provide emergency plumbing services, so it’s up to you whether you want to call us right away or wait until regular business hours or some other time that is convenient for you to be home to meet us.

Remember, a pipe that’s sprung one leak is likely to be vulnerable to springing others. No matter how well that pipe clamp seems to be working, it is in your best interests to call us for a permanent repair. We will be sure to inspect the rest of the pipe for potential vulnerabilities and recommend repair or replacement as appropriate.