How to plug a water leak, food-safe?
February 8, 2011 5:46 PM Subscribe
My stovetop espresso maker has a small leak. I don't think returning it will help me. Are there any recipes for food-safe 'stop leak' compounds?
posted by anthill to home & garden (10 answers total)
The coffee maker is a Vev Vigano Carioca in stainless steel. The leak is in the water tank, around the pressure relief valve
(not through it). Viewed from the inside, it seems the brass pressure relief valve was installed by being 'punched' through the stainless water tank, leaving a rough, splayed surface. I imagine there's a small gap between brass and stainless where steam / water can escape.
The place I bought it from is a ways away, and it doesn't seem possible to test coffee pots for leaks before buying, so I don't think returning it is worthwhile.
Is there any solution I could buy/make that would do a decent job of sealing the tiny leaks around the pressure valve? Of course, whatever I use has to be food safe (no automotive products!).