In this article we will discuss ways to fix a leaking water pipe with fewer expenses. We recently were performing an alteration to a customer’s house in Miami Beach Florida. This was an old house built in 1946. The original water pipes were run in galvanized pipe. Over the years the pipes had deteriorated and had become very brittle. When we began to apply a section of wall board to the unfinished wall, we inadvertently moved one of the pipes. The movement of the pipe caused a leak at a rusted joint in the pipe.
The first thing we did was turn the water off. There is usually a “shut off valve”, at the outside wall of the house. If there is, it most likely will be located on a line feeding one of the hose bibs. Next we used an acetylene torch to dry the pipe. You might use a hand held heater gun. You should be able to buy one at your local hardware store for less than forty dollars. If in your case, the leak is behind the wall you need to locate the leak with a leak detector. A leak detector can be purchased for about thirty dollars. If you can’t get one locally go to the link called “contractor supplies”. You will be able to purchase both or all the items you need there.
In our case the leak was exposed to view, so after turning the water off at the meter (this house did not have a shut off valve). We dried the pipe, wire brushed the leak location, then with a pair of scissors, neatly cut a strip of tin foil about ten inches long. The leak was in a one inch pipe so the tin foil was folded in half. For more help you can browse the internet. There are lots of websites available online which can help you.