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Taping a weeping joint

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by crockhamtown, 22 Jul 2020.

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    I have a slightly weeping 22mm t-junction soldered joint on one side. It is a cold water supply.

    Is an amalgamating sealing tape okay to use?
     
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    In a word, NO!

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    Unfortunately all you can do is drain and re-make the join. If it's weeping it could get worse.
     
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    Thanks Andy and Rob.

    That's good warning advice. The problem is that we are covid vulnerable and my wife is scared of visitors.

    I know needs must and all that but if I did put the tape on how long might I have before I would have to call in a plumber?
     
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    Post a picture of the leaking pipe work.

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  7. I've had this before, it was very slight. Bear in mind if it went wrong I'm a plumber and would have dealt with it, what ever happened.

    I just got my little nippers and ever so gently crimped it.
     
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    The images show the t-joint. Where it had been weeping I replaced the damp ceiling board with a wood plate hence the screws you can see. I have been putting a sponge and tissue underneath the joint that is why you can't see any wetness on the plate.

    Thanks for taking an interest. Leak 1.jpg Leak 2.jpg
     
  9. The only sure way is to replace.

    If you have some give you could get away with just 1 tee. If it is rigid then you will néed 2 Couplings 1 of these should be a slip Coupling.
     
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    I've.convinced my wife that a plumber has to visit and fix it.

    Thanks.everyone for such good advice.
     
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    If you have a plumber then send him the picture. He can then see what needs to be done, give you a price and rough time it will take to complete. This information will also put your wife's mind at rest. She could plan to read a book in the garden, bedroom or just stay out of the way.

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    I am not a plumber. If it was me and assuming the pressure is only a few metres of head from a cold cistern I would definitely be using the SA tape and a bit of compound such as lsx just to tide you through until we get past the covid situation. If this is a feed under much higher pressure such as the rising main the chance of success is much lower. You'll probably need many wraps.

    The risk to your life through covid is far more important than any other plumbing consideration. Certainly, I wouldn't be overly fearful about this yorkshire fitting getting much worse over a few months timescale. It is as nothing compared to what could happen covid-wise.
     
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    I’d put a roasting pan or dish under it to catch the water until fixed.
     

  15. add some salt, bring to the boil and then simmer for 10 mins before pouring over your leek.
     
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    I've got if fixed now by a local plumber who wore mask and gloves. He was able to access the leaking joint without affecting too much other areas.

    I liked BODD's idea about crimping. But best to be a plumber in case you over tightened with the pliers.

    If I could not have got a plumber, one thing I thought of was to put a jubilee clip around the joint and gradually tighten until the weeping stopped.
     
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    Well done for getting it sorted, post a picture of the repair.

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