Emergency Quick Fixes for Frozen or Leaking Pipes

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Quickly stop leaks in an emergency until a permanent fix can be put in place

Emergency Quick Fixes for Frozen or Leaking Pipes

When your pipes are frozen and a leak occurs, temporarily stop the leak by administering one of these quick fixes, until a more permanent repair can be made.

This guide details a quick fix using epoxy and a quick fix using clamps.


Plumber's putty quick fix
Plumbers putty quick fix - Emergency Quick Fixes Frozen

• Turn off the water supply upstream of the leak. Drain the water from the damaged line and ensure that the area to be patched is clean and dry so that the epoxy will properly adhere to the pipe.
• Tear off enough plumber’s epoxy putty to fully cover the surface around the leak. Knead the putty until it is pliable enough for application.
• Apply the putty according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
• Once the putty has fully cured, turn on the water and inspect for leaks.
• Alternative: Purchase an epoxy and tape Pipe Repair Kit and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

clamps and patch quick fix
Prepare surface quick clamps - Emergency Quick Fixes Frozen

• Clean the area around the rupture.
• File down any sharp edges with a metal file that might cut through the patch.
• If not using a repair clamp, cut a neoprene or rubber patch to the size needed to repair the leak. For a pinhole leak, cut a 1-inch square. For a larger leak, cut a patch that is 1-inch wider and 1-inch longer than the split in the pipe.

Note: A custom-cut neoprene or rubber patch will only work for small splits.

• Apply the repair clamp or neoprene / rubber patch so it evenly overlaps the damaged pipe section. Hold the neoprene or rubber patch in place with hose clamps.
• Tighten the clamps to seal the leak.