A leaking pipe is something we all dread! It comes out of nowhere and causes a big mess around the house if not taken care of immediately. We’re often under the impression that fixing a leaking pipe is a daunting and energy consuming task, but it’s quite the opposite. If you know the right steps and have the right tools, you can fix up your sink with no help and in no time!
First of all, start off by identifying the leakage in your pipe. You can do so by switching on the water and pointing out exactly where there is a leakage. You may identify dents, holes or a loose connection.
Before fixing the pipe, make sure you switch off the water supply momentarily, so as to avoid water wastage and also avoid creating a mess.
It’s important that the pipe is clean off all grease or dirt so make sure you clean the pipe well and dry it with an absorbent piece of cloth. Make sure the pipe is dry.
Apply putty on the hole or breakage in the pipe and screw in a clamp to hold the putty down and in place. Let this set for about an hour before using and till it is hard.
To make sure there are no further leakages, unclamp the pipe and finish off with 2 coats of Teflon tape (or waterproof tape) so there is no scope of damage anymore.
If your pipe is loose, you can simply use your adjustable wrench to tighten the pipes or replace them if they are extremely rusted and worn out. Plumbing problems may arise out of the blue, so it’s always wise to keep the right tools and knowledge handy.