Another winter, another broken pipe. When you have a barn full of pipes and spigots, a break at some point is inevitable.
This afternoon I went out to check the horses and came upon a flooded barn aisle and water spraying from a pipe. I felt a bit lost as it was too late in the day for a plumber, but there is also no way to shut off the flow to that particular pipe as the break was BELOW the shut-off valve.
My mind went immediately to Rescue Tape! Now if you have never heard of it, you are missing out (i know, I know, I sound like an infomercial - but I swear by this stuff). I had used it to fix a leaky pipe under a sink in my house, and figured it was worth a try. So I cut off the pipe and put a cap over it (It was too wet to cement it on) and wrapped an entire roll of Rescue Tape around it. That stopped the high-pressure spew, and will hold us over until we can get the plumber out to fix it tomorrow.
If you'd like to check it out for yourself, you can read about it here or check out your local hardware store to see if they carry it.
And take it from me - DON'T forget to leave your faucets dripping at night this winter!