Fixing Your Copper Piping in 10 Easy Steps

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Fixing a broken pipe at home can seem challenging, but there are ways to temporarily prevent the damage from spreading or causing you to lose water pressure in your home. These easy step-by-step instructions tell you how to repair copper pipes that are leaking or broken.

What Do You Need?

  1. A hammer
  2. Duct tape
  3. Hosing (a length of garden hose, for example)
  4. A towel
  5. Scissors
  6. A cloth or rag

The Steps

Now that you have all your tools, here's how to fix your piping in an emergency. Remember, this is only a temporary fix, so you should still contact a professional, such as Advanced Plumbing, to complete a full repair.

  1. To begin, turn off the water to your home. You need to stop the water to eliminate leaks and wetness while you complete the temporary repair.
  2. To start to repair, place a towel on the floor under you. This prevents slipping and falling on slick, wet floors.
  3. Now, using your hammer, lightly tap the copper edging back together where it has split. Get it as close together as you can.
  4. Using your cloth, wipe off the pipe. You want it to be dry, so the tape will adhere to it.
  5. Now, using duct tape, place a piece of tape over the hole in your pipe. This should be done vertically and horizontally. You can wrap the tape all the way around the pipe horizontally, because the tape sticks to itself well. This is good for added reinforcement.
  6. Using your scissors, cut the hosing a few inches longer than the hole in your pipe.
  7. Cut the hosing vertically, so it can wrap around the pipe.
  8. Once the hose is cut, wrap it around the piping, making sure it closes around the pipe. If the pipe is too large, get a second piece of hose and wrap it around in the opposite direction. This will help make a better seal.
  9. Now, using your duct tape, secure the hosing around the pipe. Make sure to tape above and below the hosing as well, taping it around its edges.
  10. Finally, turn your water back on. Using your cloth, wipe around the tape to check for dampness. If the leak is no longer a problem, you can use this temporary fix for a few days until a plumber can come to your home.

That's how you can quickly fix your piping in an emergency. Now, you can use your water until the real repair can be done. 

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