If you have a leaking pipe, there are a few things you can do while awaiting the plumber's arrival.
The first step is shut off all water at the main valve, which is usually found near your water meter. Then, open all faucets to run water out of the pipe. The next step, if possible, is to track down the source of the leak or the location of the pipe.
If it is an exposed pipe and the water has not stopped leaking, you may want to try a temporary repair yourself. The first step is to examine the leak. If it is a large leak, you could use a section of rubber hose. Split the rubber hose length wise, so you can fit it around the pipe, and then use some flexible wire to wrap around the hose in one inch increments. Twist the ends of the wires with pliers to tighten the hose and seal the hose around the section of the pipe with the leak.
For smaller leaks, a sharpened pencil and some heavy tape may be all you need. Push the pencil tip into the hole, and then break the tip off. The soft graphite should expand the size of the hole and thereby seal the leak. Then bind the area of the leak with pipe repair or duct tape.
In most cases, it's not a good idea to switch the water back on until the leak has been fixed by the plumber.
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