A problem with plumbing can be a big problem in any home. Plumbing problems can be very expensive and they need to be fixed before they cause an extensive amount of damage to the home. The problem is worse if there is a leaking pipe behind a wall. When I have a plumbing issue, I contact Aspect Plumbers since they are nearby and they are affordable. However, if you prefer doing things on your own, read on and follow our tutorial.
Before tearing the wall apart, make sure the leak is really behind the wall. Pay special attention to the leak area on a rainy day to make sure the leak is not due to a problem with the roofing. If the leak is not due to a roofing issue then identify the origin of the leaking pipe. A common problem might be a broken toilet. Look into a repairing your toilet before fixing your pipe.
To determine the source of the leak, listen to the wall by putting your ear against it. If you hear a louder drip, you are probably close to the source of the leak. A faint drip means the source of the leak is further away.
Once the leak is found, cut a little square of drywall out in front of the leak between the wall studs. Be sure to turn off all sources of water. Depending on the material the pipe is made out of, clamps should be put on both sides of it for support. If the pipe is plastic, cut off the damaged sections of the pipe and glue a new piece in place. Put flanges over the new piece so it will be secure with the existing pipe.
If the leaking pipe is made out of copper, use a heavy power tool to cut out the damaged section of this pipe. Put a new piece of pipe in putting pressure fittings at each end of it. Using sandpaper, sand down any rough edges. Put the nuts and rigs over the pressure fitting on the ends of the pipe. Tighten the nuts so the pipe is held securely in place.
If the pipe is made from galvanized iron, a stainless steel clamp as well as rubber liner is going to have to be used. The clamp is placed around the damaged part of the pipe and tightened with the clamp for additional support.
Once the leaking pipe is secured, smooth out the edges of the hole that was cut in the wall. Cut out a piece of drywall that will fit into the hole. Using drywall screws, secure the new piece of drywall in place. Smooth the edges then using compound tape to secure it in place. Then all you have to do is sand the edges and repaint the spot.
Fixing a leaking pipe in the wall does not have to be an expensive and lengthy process. With some information on how to fix the pipe and some common plumbing parts a person can fix the leak on their own and save thousands of dollars.