How to do a temporary fix of a leaking water pipe

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Leaking water pipes is something no one wants to think about, but unfortunately it happens. One of your water pipes suddenly springs a leak and you’ve got water spurting all over the place-what do you do?

First, don’t panic. Stop the water coming out of the hole by turning off your main water supply valve. (It’s usually located where the municipal water supply enters your home, near your water meter).

Now that you’ve got the water stopped-here are some quick fixes you can use to get your water flowing-while you work on a permanent fix.


How to do a temporary fix of a leaking water pipe

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Leaking water pipes is something no one wants to think about, but unfortunately it happens. One of your water pipes suddenly springs a leak and you’ve got water spurting all over the place-what do you do?

First, don’t panic. Stop the water coming out of the hole by turning off your main water supply valve. (It’s usually located where the municipal water supply enters your home, near your water meter).

Now that you’ve got the water stopped-here are some quick fixes you can use to get your water flowing-while you work on a permanent fix.


Stick the point of a pencil (or the tip of a sharpened wooden dowel) into the hole and break it off.


Wrap the pipe two or three inches around the hole with electrical tape and spread "Plumber's Goop" over the tape to prevent water from working its way through.


Allow the Goop about 1 hour to set up, then turn your water back on.


How to Do Quick Fix Number 2 - Wrap the pipe with a piece of thin rubber and hold it in place with electrical tape.


Place thin pieces of wood on each side of the pipe covering the hole and use "C" clamps to hold them tightly in place.


Alternatively, you could use hose clamps around the rubber-wrapped pipe to hold it in place.


How to Do Quick Fix Number 3 - Cut a 6-inch piece of garden hose lengthwise and place it over the hole.


Use hose clamps or the "C" clamps and pieces of wood to hold the hose in place.


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