How to Repair a Leaking Pipe Joint

Written by teri stryker
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Sometimes finding the source of a water leak is the most frustrating part of repairing a leaking pipe joint. Water can travel along joists and other surfaces only to make it's presence known through discoloured drywall. Cutting into walls and ceilings may be required, but the bright side is that most leaks occur at the pipe fittings. You can make repairs, but just remember that the repairs are only temporary.

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Things you need

  • Plumbers epoxy putty

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  1. 1

    Turn off the water supply to the pipe.

  2. 2

    Tear off two pieces of the putty that will cover the entire area of the leak.

  3. 3

    Knead the putty to mix it.

  4. 4

    Apply the putty around the leaking pipe joint.

  5. 5

    Turn the water supply on and check for leaks.

Tips and warnings

  • Plumbers putty is a temporary fix. Replace the line permanently as soon as possible.

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