How to Fix a Metal Pipe From Leaking

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How to Fix a Metal Pipe From Leaking
Threaded galvanised pipe is only one type of metal piping you are likely to encounter in your home. (rusty metal pipe 2 image by jbattx from Fotolia.com)

Copper, galvanised, black iron and lead are just a few of the wide variety of types of metal plumbing pipe you are likely to encounter in your home. Each type of metal pipe has a specific set of installation guidelines, and keeping up with how to disassemble and repair each type of metal pipe can be a daunting task. When a leak develops in the metal piping of your home, you need a repair procedure that will stop the leak regardless of the type of metal.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Metal pipe repair kit

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn off the valve supplying water to the leaking metal pipe and open a faucet in your home to drain the water from the pipe. If you are repairing a metal drain line, you can skip this step.

  2. 2

    Put on the gloves contained in the metal pipe repair kit.

  3. 3

    Knead the epoxy putty contained in the repair kit for the time specified by the repair kit manufacturer.

  4. 4

    Press the kneaded putty firmly onto the surface of the metal pipe, ensuring that you are completely covering the leaking area of the metal pipe.

  5. 5

    Open the pouch containing the fibreglass pipe wrap and add the amount of water recommended by the pipe repair installation instructions. Allow the pipe wrap to soak for the time specified by the pipe wrap installation instructions.

  6. 6

    Wrap the soaked pipe wrap around the metal pipe, ensuring that you start the pipe wrap over the putty you applied over the hole in Step 4.

  7. 7

    Make eight to 10 wraps around the metal pipe with the pipe wrap and then keep the pipe wrap tight to the metal pipe by running your hands around the pipe wrap until it remains tight on the pipe.

  8. 8

    Allow the pipe wrap to cure for the time specified by the metal pipe repair kit.

  9. 9

    Open the supply valve to run water into the metal pipe. Close the faucet that you opened to drain the water line after water flows from the faucet.

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