How to Repair a Cast Iron Pipe Leak

Cast iron pipes last for a long time, but this does not mean they cannot become damaged and start to leak. Leaks are usually caused by corroding sections, often around the leaded joints. A do-it-yourselfer can repair small leaks in joints and small holes, but a professional should handle large leaks. Cast iron pipes need proper care and maintenance in order to last.

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Major repairs require a professional.

Leaking Joints

Step 1

Turn off the water supply to the pipe. Tap the joint lightly with a cold chisel and hammer. Cast iron pipe joints are soldered with lead; use a cold chisel to push the lead back into the joint.

Step 2

Clean the repair area by removing rust with a wire brush and dusting away debris with a clean rag.

Step 3

Fill the leaking area with a cast iron repair paste applied with a putty knife.

Step 4

Let the area dry before letting water or waste reenter the pipe.

Holes

Step 5

Remove all rust and corrosion from the hole with a wire brush. Dust away debris with a clean rag.

Step 6

Apply plumber's epoxy around the hole so the patch is flush with the existing area, using a putty knife. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on how to mix the epoxy.

Step 7

Let the area dry before letting water or waste reenter the pipe.