We use pipes in our homes for so many things. Pipes bring up the potable water which is used for drinking, cleaning, washing. They also carry away the wastes etc. However, there can be times when they stop working. Below area few steps that one must follow in order to deal with leaky and frozen pipes.
The very first step to remember is: always turn the water supply off before you attempt to repair a leaky pipe.
Leaks are the most common plumbing issues faced at home and are sometimes very simple to fix. Simply re tightening the nut can solve this problem. However make sure that you do not over tight it as it can cause problems.
Sometimes your first efforts at fixing the leaking compression fitting won’t be successful, and you will have to try another approach. This time dismantle the fitting, and wrap some self amalgamating tape around the leak. Reassemble the fitting, and test again for drips. Hopefully, this time there won’t be any.
Use a blow lamp or a hair dryer for removing moisture from soldered joints after draining the pipe. Next put in some self cleaning flux into the dried pipe joint. You can then melt the flux by reheating the joint, and use the flux to seal the leaking joint. You can use a sealant such as epoxy resin, silicon paste etc. to temporarily stop the leak in a pipe.
In areas with very low temperatures, frozen pipes are a big problem. Use a portable heater or a light bulb to keep the water warm. This is the most convenient way to prevent freezing of pipes.
Sometimes, a steady small trickle of water is all it takes to prevent frozen pipes. The continuous movement of water can keep them from freezing. Let the water drip continuously throughout the night preferably from a faucet connected to a wall outside. Also, make sure that your water tank and pipes are insulated. Heat tape and fibre glass are good insulating materials.
If in case you are not able to deal with any kind of plumbing situation a t home, its time to call a expert plumber to get the issue fixed and make sure you get it fixed as soon as possible otherwise it can lead to serious problems later on.