Accidents happen. As the saying goes, being prepared means you don’t need to panic when you have a plumbing emergency. After all, toilets overflow, pipes burst, and other situations can arise at any moment.
To ensure you’re ready for the inevitable, you should have the following items on hand. Keep them where you can find each item quickly because sometimes the difference between a small accident and a full-scale disaster with plumbing problems might only be a few minutes.
Also, know where the water shut-off valve is in your house. Don’t block it with furniture, boxes, or other obstacles, because you should be able to reach it as quickly as possible.
Sink Plunger: Despite what people think, not all plungers are the same. If you use the wrong plunger for the job, a clog won’t budge. The common sink or cup plunger is just a stick with a rubber cup-like attachment at the end. As the name suggests, this works for dislodging clogs in sinks, since it sits flat and creates a tight seal in a sink bottom.
Toilet Plunger: While this is made specifically for toilets, you can use these in a variety of drains. The cup-like attachment at the end features a rubber flap that extends down further, which is necessary to create a tight seal in a toilet. Don’t use the same plunger in a sink and a toilet, for obvious reasons.
Pipe Wrench: This is not just a regular adjustable wrench, even though at first glance it might look like one. A pipe wrench features aggressive teeth that can bite into a metal pipe. If you try using a regular wrench, you’ll find it slips on the metal surface. Also, the longer the wrench handle, the more force you can exert on a pipe. Just keep in mind a longer handle makes the wrench harder to use in tight spots. Some people have a variety of pipe wrenches, which isn’t necessary but can be a good idea. A pipe wrench will help you tighten loose pipe fittings, which can cause a flood as water flows through the pipes.
Bucket: It’s a simple thing, but having a bucket helps greatly if you have leaking pipes under a sink or need to make a quick repair. It catches the water, instead of it going everywhere.
Pipe Tape: There’s a whole variety of pipe tape out there, and some people have used duct tape successfully in a pinch. This tape allows you to make temporary patches until you can have a professional come and fix the problem.
Of course, these items will only give you temporary relief in a true plumbing emergency. When you need help with any plumbing problem, contact Plumbwell Services and we’ll gladly come to the rescue.