As a homeowner, you’re probably going to experience a minor plumbing problem at some point or another, which is why it’s important to have an emergency plumbing kit handy. Here are some great things that can help you fix common situations:
1. A bucket
A bucket comes in very handy when you experience leaks and need something quickly to catch the water. Get a nice five-gallon one and you can even used it to hold all of your plumbing tools!
If you didn’t know, there are two main types of plungers – a flange plunger and a cup plunger. A flange plunger has a rounded “funnel” on the bottom that fits into the round crevice of a toilet, while a cup plunger is flat and is used for clogs in sinks and floor drains. Have one of each and you’ll be able to solve (most) stopped-up drain situations.
3. Duct tape
Duct tape comes in handy when you need to temporarily stop a leak. If the leak is small enough, you can tape it up until one of our emergency plumbing service experts can fix the problem.
Keep a few rags in your kit so that you have something nearby in case you need to clean up leaks or spills. You can also keep paper towels available instead of rags – just make sure whatever you have is absorbent.
When it comes to fixing pipes, you’ll usually need a wrench to tighten joints, so stock your emergency kit with various sizes or invest in an adjustable wrench. A pair of slip-joint pliers is also a good idea to have.
6. A multi-bit screwdriver
Like an adjustable wrench, a multi-bit screwdriver keeps you from having to carry around various screwdriver sizes in your kit. If you run into a problem that requires a screwdriver, you’ll be able to pick out the right size quickly.
7. Allen keys
Many fixtures (like faucets or shower handles) are held in place by Allen screws, so having a set of Allen keys can come in handy.
Click here to see what Allen keys look like.
8. Rubber gloves
You never know how messy your emergency might get, so keeping a pair of rubber gloves in your kit is a good way to save your hands from having to touch something you may not want to touch.
If your plumbing situation is something you can’t fix or gets out of hand, call our emergency plumbing service experts. We’re available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.