Patching Pipes

Check out these tips for repairing a leaking sewer line.

Font
  • A
  • A
  • A

E-mail This Page to Your Friends

x

All fields are required.

Separate multiple e-mail addresses with a comma; Maximum 20 email addresses.

Refresh

Sending E-mail

Sending E-mail

Or Do Not E-mail

Success!

A link to %this page% was e-mailed

Our homeowners near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, had a very pungent problem brewing in their basement. The sewer line sprung a leak. But, because it was caught early, and the injury was minor, it won't require a major procedure to fix the fractured pipe.

In general, if a pipe has a small pinhole or hairline crack, it can be patched easily. Patching kits, putties and epoxies are available at your local hardware store. If you find a leak, it's important to act quickly.


  • Turn off the water supply to the leaking pipe. It's probably a good idea to cut off the water to the entire house at the main water cut off valve.
  • Patch the leak with the proper patching kit for the type of pipe.
  • Call a licensed plumber. Patch kits only provide a temporary fix.
    A good rule of thumb is to treat a crack or hole in a pipe like a wound. Apply first aid, stabilize it and call the doctor, or in this case a plumber, to check it out.

We Recommend...

Sunfish Wind Machine

Sunfish Wind Machine

Jane Corbus of Lodi, Ohio, reveals the process for making a plastic whirligig.

Trash to Treasure: Pipe Organ Pieces

Trash to Treasure: Pipe Organ Pieces

Trash-to-treasure expert Robb Whittlef shares some interesting and decorative ideas for old pipe organ pieces.

Advertisement

HGTV Inspiration Newsletter

Create your unique, personal style with advice and inspiration from HGTV.