A leaky pipe is something that needs to be repaired permanently. You might manage a temporary fix so you can keep using your plumbing, but getting professional repairs from a plumber is always a good idea for a permanent solution. Pipes can be repaired in different ways, and the methods for repairing pipes under pressure are different from those for repairing pipes that drain. Here is a look at four pipe repair options.
1. Solder In A Copper Patch
A copper pipe that has a leak might be repaired by cutting out the area of the pipe that has a hole in it and soldering in a new section of copper pipe. This type of pipe repair is a permanent solution, and suitable for pressurized pipes.
2. Replace A Damaged Plastic Pipe
Plastic pipes like you might see under your kitchen sink can sometimes be fixed using silicone tape, adhesives, or clamps. If the pipe isn't under pressure, these repairs might last a long time. However, it's always good to keep an eye on the pipes in case they start leaking again.
A more permanent solution is to replace the cracked section of pipe by removing it at the joints and putting a new pipe in. If that's not possible, the plumber might cut out the damaged part of the pipe and put in a patch. You can't solder plastic, so the patch is joined with coupling joints and sealant.
3. Spot Repair A Buried Drain
A drain that has a leak in it might be repaired with a clamp. If the plumber can find the leak, they can dig down to it and put on a rubber clamp to form a seal around the hole or crack. This could be a permanent solution since a drain isn't pressurized.
Another way to spot repair a buried drain is to pull a liner patch to the damaged area and then inflate the patch to hold it against the inside of the pipe so it hardens in place and seals the leak.
In some cases, the plumber might even dig down to the damaged area so the bad pipe can be cut out and replaced. Just replacing the leaky area saves having to dig up the entire pipe to put in a new one.
4. Reline The Pipe
If an old drain is leaky and the entire thing needs to be replaced, your plumber might recommend putting a liner in the pipe instead. This works like putting in a liner patch, except the liner is the entire length of the pipe. This type of plumbing pipe repair allows the plumber to put in a new pipe without having to dig out the old one.
To learn more about pipe repair, reach out to a local plumber.