Find A Leaky Pipe On The Weekend? 2 Ways To Stop The Leak Until The Plumber Can Get There

by Claude Walters

You open your kitchen cabinet and notice a puddle of water under your sink. That's the moment you realize that you're going to need a plumber to fix that leaky pipe. If it's the weekend, you might have a tough time finding a plumber to come out and repair it for you. You could just let it leak. Unfortunately, that would leave you with a mess, water damage, and large water bill. Instead of dealing with any of those issues, here are a couple of ways you can seal off the leak until the plumber can get out to your house.

Roll On The Duct Tape

Duct tape isn't right for every type of plumbing repair, but in an emergency it can be used to seal up small leaks.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Dry towel

  • Silicone glue

  • Duct tape


  1. Use a towel to dry off your water pipe.

  2. Locate the leak.

  3. Turn the main water off to your house.

  4. Apply a small amount of silicone glue to the leak.

  5. Wrap several layers of duct tape around the pipe.

  6. Turn the water back on and check for leaks.

Clamp It Off

Duct tape and glue won't work for all types of leaks. If you have large leak in your water pipe, you're going to need something stronger. That's where a piece of rubber and a C-clamp come in.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Rubber (you can use an old tire or radiator hose for this)

  • Block of wood ( a piece of 1x2 or 2x4 will work well)

  • C-clamp (large enough to fit around the pipe, rubber, and wood)


  1. Turn off the main water to your house.

  2. Wrap the piece of rubber around the water pipe.

  3. Place your block of wood on top of the rubber.

  4. Open the C-clamp and place it around the water pipe.

  5. Place the movable part of the clamp directly over the leak.

  6. Tighten the clamp until the wood and the rubber are held securely in place.

  7. Turn the water back on to your home.

  8. Feel the pipe to ensure that the leak has stopped.

Leaking pipes can lead to extensive damage, especially if you don't get them repaired quickly. It can be difficult to find a plumber in the middle of the night, or on the weekends. You can temporarily stop the leaks, and protect your home from water damage by using these simple fixes. Once everything has calmed down, you can call a plumbing repair professional.