Copper pipes carry water through the plumbing system in your house to feed faucets, appliances and heating systems. Small holes drip water onto the surfaces below the pipe and can cause stains, mildew, mold or rot. Many times the first indication of a leak is a spreading water stain on a ceiling or wall, which requires immediate attention to prevent damage in the home. Repair methods vary from temporary to permanent fixes.
8 Repair or replace sections of temporarily fixed pipes as soon as possible to avoid damage. Wear heat-resistant gloves and eye protection when soldering pipes. Do not use a propane torch near flammable items.
Dry the pipe with a rag using care so as not to dislodge the pencil point. Wrap duct tape around the pipe and over the pencil point. Begin 2 to 3 inches to the left of the pencil point and end 2 to 3 inches past the pencil point.
Temporary Repair - Open the wall or ceiling to access the leaky pipe. Locate the hole in the pipe.
Rub the section of pipe that has a hole with an emery cloth until the pipe is a shiny copper color.