Fernox Leak Fix Emergency Repair Tape – Saved me money!
Its Christmas Eve and we have got relatives coming to stay for Christmas.
Karen is doing the cleaning and discovers a pool of water on the floor in the family bathroom.
Its just hours before every shop shuts and closes for the holiday period.
I phone the plumber and he is driving up to Yorkshire with his family for the holidays.
So now I have a major problem….
I trace the leak to the screw valve of the main water in pipe to the toilet cistern.
Stupidly I decide to turn the screw to try and stop the leak.
This caused water to gush from the screw head.
A quick gallop downstairs and turn off the mains into the house – leak stops.
However I cannot ask our guests not to use the bathroom or go without water!
In a desperate rush I drive to my local plumbase and get there just before they close.
Yes they have a replacement part. However I do not fancy fitting it and mucking it up and being in a worse position
Do you have any Duck Tape I ask in desperation?
We have something better said the helpful assistant – Fernox Leak Lix Emergency Repair Tape – but its not cheap.
At £9.52 plus vat I thought it a lot cheaper than an emergency plumber even if I could find one to call out.
So my plan was simple – try the tape first and if that failed I would try and fit the new pipe myself – not my preferred option.
I drove home by which time everywhere was shut.
I was well and truly on my own now.
I read the instructions on the tape.
You cut enough to wind it 4 or 5 times around the leak.
Then you pull and stretch it as you wind and it wraps around 8 or 9 times once stretched.
With great trepidation I went downstairs to the main stop cock with Karen in place holding a bowl under the pipe upstairs.
I turned on the mains water and waited for the scream…….
To my pleasure and great surprise it really worked.
No more leak – I did leave a bowl underneath for the holiday period just in case, but absolutely no leaks whatsoever.
Its 2 weeks old now and still holding firm. I am going to hold off replacing the pipe just to see how long this repair will last.
Fernox Leak Lix Emergency Repair Tape is great and saved me a small fortune in call out fees.
You can find many different brands of repair tape through eBay below (through my affiliate link) and I now have some spare at home for any future emergency as I suggest you should too.
Below is a YouTube video which shows a similar product being applied together with its other applications.