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SERVPRO South Nashville : Quick Fixes for Leaks?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Quick fixes for leaks?

South Nashville (www.SERVPROsouthnashville.com)

Plumbing leaks can happen at any time and in any location of your home. In some cases, the best way to prevent a leak is to take it upon yourself to quickly fix the issue before a water damage remediation specialist arrives to assess the situation. Let’s go over the top 3 quick fixes for leaks so that you can keep your home high and dry and away from all of the negatives that water damage can bring with it.

Hose Clamps

Your first line of defense against a pipe leak is often to use a thick piece of rubber that is held in place by a hose clamp. By wrapping the rubber around the leaking part and tightening the hose clamp at both ends of the rubber, you can usually stop or at least greatly slow down the leak and buy you some time for a permanent repair.

Pipe Wraps

If you have a smaller leak and know that you’re going to get your pipes replaced within about 72 hours, then using pipe wraps can help them maintain their safe water flow in the short term. This thick, heavy-duty tape is stretchy and a little gummy. This means that it can be stretched and stuck to itself to increase the compression of the tape wraps. Again, this should not be seen as a long-term solution, so if you plan on going this route make sure to call a water damage remediation specialist to assess the location of the leak as soon as possible once you’ve located the leak.

Plumber’s Putty

Plumber’s putty naturally resists water, adhering to your pipes and allowing you to work it around cracks.so it should hold for long enough. After you’ve squeezed the putty in as much as you can, you should apply caulk right over the top of it. The caulk will help form a secondary seal and lasts longer than plumber’s putty will, but it would be hard to put on without the putty.

Turning to the Water Damage Remediation Pros

Not all leaks are visible to the eye. If you’ve seen a spike in usage on your water but haven’t changed your habits dramatically, then you might have a leak behind your walls that needs to be addressed ASAP. If this last scenario is your current reality, then it’s best to call the team at SERVPRO South Nashville at (615) 331-0200 to stop by to address any possible water damage you may have. We are equipped with top-of-the-line equipment and our water damage specialists come highly trained to get your property back to pre-water-damage condition.

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