There are a few things you should take into account before you repair a leaky copper pipe. You need to consider the severity of the leak as well as your budgetary needs. Pinhole leaks are fairly easy to repair, so it all comes down to how committed you are to eliminating the issue.
Temporary solutions include the epoxy putty and repair tape that tightens around your copper pipe. What most people do is they apply these repair methods as a quick fix so that they have more time to assemble the tools and materials that are necessary for a more permanent solution.
Long-term solutions will cost you more money and they will take more time and effort to complete. However, the leak will go away for good. Soldering and compression fitting are your optimal options for achieving long-lasting results, and they both require special tools and prior plumbing experience to pull off.
This is what the two processes entail:
- Using a hacksaw to cut and remove the compromised area of the copper pipe
- Inserting a compression fitting, which ensures that you can effectively rejoin the two parts of the pipe
- With soldering, you will need to fit a new pipe fitting into place and solder it together.
Copper piping has an average lifespan of roughly 50 years before you will need to replace it. Although copper piping leaks are somewhat common, they’re usually small and you can quickly easily fix them.
Have any questions? You can always call us. One of our contractors can help guide you through the repair process.