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Plumbing Courses – How to Repair a Leaking Pipe

Our plumbing courses contain a variety of different modules which are designed to give you the theoretical and practical knowledge to start a new career as a plumber. A common problem plumbers may face in households is repairing leaky pipes. Here is a brief overview of how to tackle this problem.

Leaking pipes can be a common problem in many households; older drainage or heating systems are particularly prone to pipe leaks.

Here are some important steps to take:

  • Turn off the water from the stop tap – this stops more water from coming out
  • Buy a repair kit – Many hardware and DIY shops will stock supplies to repair a pipe these generally include a large piece of rubber and either hose clamps or steel plates
  • Place the rubber over the leak make sure it is flush to the pipe
  • Attach the clamps around the rubber and the pipe and tighten to make sure the leak is airtight
  • Turn the water back on briefly to test the repair is water tight – you shouldn’t be able to feel any dampness around the seal

Repairing a leaky pipe can only be a temporary fix as it is more likely to spring more leaks. It is always advisable to replace the pipe to ensure the problem won’t come back elsewhere.

All data correct at time of publication.