The Ultimate Pipe Repair Quiz

By: Staff

4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

One of the more common household problems is leaky pipes. Apart from wasting water, a leak can cause loud noises. Take this quiz and learn how you can fix most pipe problems yourself and avoid hosting your local plumber.

When can a water pipe make noises?

One of the signs of a leak is noise from a pipe, when water flows through the pipe.

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Is there a way you can fix a small leak in a water pipe?

There are a number of possible solutions including patches, waterproof tape, and special compounds.

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Can a section of pipe be easily replaced by a do-it-yourselfer?

This is a job for a professional, who might have to cut the pipe section, thread it and replace the fittings at either end.

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Which of the following is the most effective temporary patch?

A rubber pad and suitable clamps is probably the best way to go without damaging the pipe

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Can a suitable temporary patch be left in place for a long time?

As long as the rest of the pipe is sound, a good temporary patch can hold permanently.

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Are there any pre-conditions that need to be considered before using waterproof tape?

Waterproof tape will hold only if the affected area is completely dry.

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When can a compound stick be used to seal a leak?

The compound stick is effective only on small leaks and can be used even when the water is flowing.

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Can epoxy paste, like waterproof tape, be applied when water is flowing?

Epoxy paste can be applied only to a dry pipe and so the water must be turned off.

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How far from the leak should the waterproof tape begin?

The tape should begin about 2 to 3 inches (5-7.5cm) before the leak and continue the same distance beyond it.

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Does fixing a leak as soon as it appears ensure that no further leaks occur?

A leak can indicate corrosion of the pipe, which means that ultimately further leaks will probably occur.

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If you encounter dripping water, does this always indicates a leak in the pipe?

Dripping water can be caused by a leak in the pipe, a leak at the joint or condensation on the pipe.

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When does condensation occur?

When the water in the pipe is significantly colder than the surrounding air, water drops form on the pipes.

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Other than drying the pipes, can you avoid the formation of condensation?

By insulating the pipes you can effectively prevent condensation and help maintain the temperature of the water in the pipe.

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Is there anything you can do about a frozen pipe?

You can try to thaw the pipe by applying some safe form of heat.

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If you decide to heat a pipe, what is the safest and easiest way of doing so?

After wrapping a heavy towel around the pipe, apply hot water.

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Are there any precautions to take to avoid damaging the pipe if you decide to heat it with an open flame?

Using an open flame is dangerous and not recommended, but if you do so keep the flame moving and avoid soldered areas.

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When using heat to thaw a pipe, what should you do with the faucet?

Both faucets should be open to allow water to flow once it thaws.

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Having decided to heat the pipe, where should you begin?

To avoid the pipe bursting as a result of a build up of steam, you should begin near the faucets, which should be open to allow a free flow of water.

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What is the most likely cause of noises from pipes?

The most common cause of noisy pipes is instability -- not something for a pipe shrink, but pipes that are not well secured.

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Assuming a pipe is not properly attached, what is a simple, inexpensive solution?

Attach the pipes more securely and if necessary add a non-metallic (wood, rubber etc.) buffer.

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