How To Fix Leaking Copper Pipe

It's been said that when a leaking copper pipe happens on your property, you've got one of two options: you can either choose to solder the pipe to close it off or you can choose to replace the entire pipe! If you don't have the money for a plumber and you would prefer to keep your soldering skills private, then here is some good news for you.

There is a third way to fix a leaking copper pipe. Here's what you're going to need to do.

Always turn off your water first.
It's a big mistake that seems like common sense, but it's exciting to get on with what seems like a tough repair. That anxiousness translates into forgetfulness, so remember to turn off your water.

Dry off your pipe.
In order for this repair to work, you're going to need to have a pipe that's clean and dry. If there is caked on gunk around the leak, you'll need to remove it. That can be done with a simple scraper in most instances.

Get a sealant clamp.
In order to fix the copper pipe, you're going to need to plug the hole that is in the pipe and seal it up good. You'll be doing this by installing a clamp over the damaged area of the copper pipe. Make sure you've got a clamp that is the right diameter for the pipe first. Open it up and you're ready to fix that leak.

Perfectly place the rubber pad.
The clamp will come with a rubber pad. You'll need to place this pad over the leak area. Make sure there is extra space around the leak so that the pad extends along the pipe in all directions.

Tighten down the clamp.
Once the rubber pad is in place, you'll need to tighten down that clamp. Make sure you're applying even pressure as you tighten down the screws so that you don't place too much pressure on the weak spot of the leak. Make sure the clamp has just as much area it is closing outside of the damaged area as there is on top of it – use a 1:1 ratio for your space.

Lock the clamp in place.
A good clamp for your copper pipe is going to lock into place. Use your screwdriver until you feel like you can't turn the tightening screws any more... and then make at least one more turn if you can. The tighter you can make this clamp, then the better it is going to stay on for you in the future days.

Once you've completed this process, you're ready to turn on the water once again from the shutoff valve. Do so slowly so that the surge doesn't blow off your clamp! Then check the area for leaks. If it stays dry, then your job is done! If a leak develops again, you'll need to remove the clamp, get a fresh rubber pad, and start over from the beginning.
Posted on Oct 05, 2014


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