Temporarily Repair A Leaky Pipe Underneath The Bathroom Sink In Your Company's Restroom

If a small pipe section is leaking underneath the bathroom sink in your company's restroom, it can temporarily be repaired by completing the instructions below. Once you have stopped water from seeping through the pipe's surface, set up a time to have the plumbing inside of your business inspected and repaired by a licensed plumber at your earliest convenience.

Supplies Needed

  • mop
  • towel
  • steel wool pad
  • emery cloth
  • lint-free cloth
  • waterproof plumbing putty
  • plumber's tape
  • disposable gloves
  • small bucket of water
  • scissors

Clean Up Water And Remove Residue From The Pipe's Exterior

Turn off the main water valve. Mop up water that leaked onto the floor. Use a towel to dry the pipe section that is leaking. If there is any limescale or rust on the surface of the section that is leaking, eliminate it by rubbing the pipe's surface with a steel wool pad or emery cloth. After you have finished, wipe away any residue that remains on the pipe's exterior with a lint-free cloth. The waterproof plumbing putty that you use in the next step will adhere to the damaged area the proper way now that the pipe's exterior is clean.

Attach A Layer Of Plumbing Putty

Form a flat disc with a small amount of plumbing putty by moving it through your hands until it is soft. Place the putty over the portion of the pipe that is damaged. Firmly press against the putty's surface until it sticks to the pipe. Wait for the putty to dry. It may take a few hours for this to occur. Test the firmness of the putty's surface. If it has hardened, move on to the next step.

Attach A Layer Of Tape Over The Putty

Put on a pair of disposable gloves and fill a small bucket with water, and submerge a roll of plumber's tape in the water for a minute or two. Wrap an even layer of wet tape tightly around the portion of the plumbing that is covered with a layer of putty. Use scissors to cut the tape after enough of it has been added to the pipe that is being repaired. Wait for the layer of tape to dry. You can determine when this has occurred by testing its surface with a couple of your fingertips.

Turn the water supply and the sink's faucet on. If water does not drip from the section of the pipe that you covered with putty and tape, the repair that you made was successful. Have the plumbing permanently repaired by hiring a plumber in the near future.