Need to fix a leak fast? You’ve probably done some frantic research about just the topic. Perhaps you came upon a leak sealant such as “Fix-a-Leak”. Not entirely sure if it’s going to be what you need to get to the bottom of a leak situation? Here’s what you should know about its pros and cons, both of which should be taken into consideration for everyone’s comfort and safety.
What is a leak sealant?
While you can find quite a few out there under varying names, “Fix-A-Leak” is a standard sealant that is intended to, as the name suggests, stop a leak. It goes on as a liquid that is very concentrated and it will help creep into a leak and then seal it so that water is no longer able to leak through and cause any more damage. It reacts with the water and will create a coating to prevent it from leaking through. This dries into a reliable leak seal
In theory, anyway. But, does it work? Here are the things to keep in mind if you’re considering using “Fix-a-Leak” for your hot tub.
It can’t be used just anywhere
While it is designed for various kinds of leaks, it’s not a miracle product that can be put to use just anywhere for any leak. Designed specifically for hot tubs, pools and even walls and floors, it can be applied in these kinds of locations safely. It won’t hurt your filters or other spa or pool equipment, However it’s not suitable for pets or anything that has living things in it due to the concentration of the formula. For example, an aquarium.
The other thing to keep in mind is that it won’t be able to hold its own against a leak of over 3mm per day. For this reason, it’s thought to be only reliable for relatively minor leaks.
It’s not a permanent fix
While the packaging and online content may tell you otherwise, you shouldn’t see “Fix-a-Leak” as a permanent solution. Once you stop the leak and it does actually stop, you’ll still want to call in a professional to give it a solid look. A leak is always serious and having someone take a look at what you’re dealing with will help you keep your expenses low. They’ll often ask what product you use, too, and even how much of it. So, make sure you’ve got the packaging handy!
While “Fix-a-Leak” is very useful and reliable, especially if you discover the leak at 2am on a Saturday, it’s intended as more of a stop gate than a cure. A properly licensed repair specialist is your solution for this and this is sort of like your band-aid until they can get to your home and assess the situation properly.
It’s nice knowing that you’ve got help if you need it, and any responsible hot tub owner is certainly going to feel a whole lot better having a package of “Fix-a-Leak” in their cabinet just in case!