Step 1: Turn off the water
- Put a bucket or bowl underneath to catch the water.
- Turn off the water supply to that area by finding the valve on the supply pipe and turning it clockwise.
- If you can't find the valve, turn off the water at the main stopcock.
- If the leak is a big one, stop watching this video and call the experts out immediately!
If the leak is in the ceiling and water is dripping through, make a small hole with a screwdriver and catch the water in a bucket. This will help prevent water building up and causing further damage.
Step 2: Temporary fixes
For a quick fix, you can either apply a pipe clamp, putty or amalgamation tape to the leak.
For a quick fix the best thing to do is to apply a pipe clamp. If you don't have one of these you can improvise with a length of rubber cut from a hose pipe.
- Make sure it is longer than the damage in the pipe, then slice lengthways and wrap it around.
- Hold it in place with a hose clamp or a C-clamp and small blocks of wood. This should hold the leak until the professionals arrive.
This is good for leaks at joints and fittings.
- Clean the pipes with a cloth first to get rid of any dirt and dust.
- Mix the putty as per the manufacturers instructions on the packet.
- Press it around the leak making sure there is a good coverage.
- The putty can take a couple of hours to a day to dry.
This is a strong, water tight tape that can be easily wrapped around leaking pipes. Read the instructions on the packet carefully before applying.
Step 3: Permanent solution
These quick fixes will stop the water dripping for a short time, but the only way to prevent further damage is to replace the faulty pipes. Book in a good plumber and get the problem sorted for good.
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