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?
if the hot water faucet alone is used
when the room temperature drops suddenly
if there is a leak
Is there a way you can fix a small leak in a water pipe?
Water leaks should be fixed by a qualified plumber.
Use a temporary patch.
You need to replace the pipe.
Can a section of pipe be easily replaced by a do-it-yourselfer?
as long as you turn off the water
If you use a suitable wrench
Which of the following is the most effective temporary patch?
rubber pad and clamps
a piece of metal superglued over the hole
a small piece of wood held by insulating tape
Can a suitable temporary patch be left in place for a long time?
Plumbers recommend that temporary patches be replaced within 30 days.
The patch can be left as long as it holds.
The temporary patch needs to be changed once a week.
Are there any pre-conditions that need to be considered before using waterproof tape?
The pipe should be prepared with warm water to ensure waterproofing.
Application of a suitable lubricant is advised.
Before applying waterproof tape, the pipe must be completely dry.
When can a compound stick be used to seal a leak?
As long as the water is turned off, it can be used on any leak.
A small leak can be fixed with a compound stick.
Compound sticks are used only before a patch is applied.
Can epoxy paste, like waterproof tape, be applied when water is flowing?
as long as the water is warm
only if the water is turned off
if the epoxy is not transparent
How far from the leak should the waterproof tape begin?
half an inch
2 to 3 inches
Does fixing a leak as soon as it appears ensure that no further leaks occur?
One leak is usually the precursor of further problems with the pipe.
Fixing a leak in time means no further problems
As long as a commercial temporary patch is used, there should be no further problems.
If you encounter dripping water, does this always indicates a leak in the pipe?
Only a leak can cause dripping water.
If there is no leak, you probably have condensation
If the drip is near the end of the pipe, water pressure should be adjusted.
When does condensation occur?
when water in the pipes is colder than the surrounding air
when water in the pipes is warmer than the surrounding air
when water in the pipes is as hot as the surrounding air
Other than drying the pipes, can you avoid the formation of condensation?
This isn't necessary, since condensation helps maintain the temperature of the water in the pipe.
By spraying lubricating oil on the pipe, you will prevent water drops from forming.
Applying insulation should do the job.
Is there anything you can do about a frozen pipe?
Nothing, you must wait for the pipe to thaw by itself.
Apply small quantities of cold water.
Carefully heat the pipe.
If you decide to heat a pipe, what is the safest and easiest way of doing so?
Wrap a hot towel around the pipe.
Apply several layers of newspaper soaked in cold water.
Insulate the pipe with special "drip" tape.
Are there any precautions to take to avoid damaging the pipe if you decide to heat it with an open flame?
Metal pipes are heat resistant, thus no real precautions are necessary.
Hold the pipe with insulated gloves.
Keep the flame moving and avoid soldered joints.
When using heat to thaw a pipe, what should you do with the faucet?
Open only the cold faucet.
Open both faucets.
Open the hot faucet.
Having decided to heat the pipe, where should you begin?
It doesn't matter. The main thing is to get the water flowing.
Start at the middle so the warmed water can thaw the ice in both directions.
You need to start near the faucet so that the thawed water can flow out.
What is the most likely cause of noises from pipes?
metallic objects carried by the water flow
interaction with nearby electricity lines
unsecured pipes banging together
Assuming a pipe is not properly attached, what is a simple, inexpensive solution?