To repair a pinhole leak on a copper pipe, first turn off the water, drain the pipes, cut out the affected area and solder on a new pipe coupling. Using a coupler is acceptable for pinhole leaks where less than 1/2-inch of pipe needs to be removed.Continue Reading
Follow specific steps in order to repair a leak on a copper pipe.
To solder copper pipe, polish the joining surfaces, apply the flux, heat the joint and apply solder. Each joint requires a few minutes to complete, but the time for the overall project depends on its complexity.Full Answer >
Use a plumbing repair clamp to fix a pinhole leak in a copper pipe. Each plumbing repair clip has two parts: a rubber pad that fits around the pipe and a long metal clamp that holds it in place. To use, center the rubber pad over the hole in the pipe, then tighten the metal clamp using a screwdriver to close the two screws on the side of the clamp. Overtightening the clamp could bend the pipe.Full Answer >
Plumbers and plumbing companies are the types of businesses best suited to repair problems with pipe seals, pipe fittings and leaks in copper pipes. Although homeowners may be able to fix some leaks themselves, these solutions are often only temporary and cannot be permanently corrected without a professional plumber's expertise.Full Answer >
Some tips for installing PEX water pipes include joining the end of the PEX pipe to a fitting at an angle of 90 degrees, making the end free of burrs before attaching, using 90-degree connectors to bend the pipe to the required shape, and using stab-in tees to attach the PEX pipes to copper ones. Also, use special tools for connecting PEX pipes, do not connect the pipe directly to a water heater, and leave the pipe loose between fasteners.Full Answer >