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Plumbing Emergency Kit and Tips

plumbing maintenance1Yes, emergencies in your plumbing system can happen anytime, so it would be fitting that you know some tools to use when you encounter them and what measures need to be taken. Here are the inclusions of your emergency kit and some emergency tips.

Plumbing Emergency Kit

  • Get a 5-gallon bucket and make it as your tool holder. It will catch water when a leak springs in a mid-project. You may attach tool caddy to your bucket to provide a place intended for all your tools.
  • Have a handy regular plunger and forced cup. Remember that each of your plunger has certain use and offers additional unclogging power.
  • Keep an adjustable wrench and one medium-sized slip joint pliers as they can cover most of the plumbing jobs so with the other wrenches at different sizes.
  • Get various handy Allen keys that have myriad uses.
  • Have blind caps to help you in looking for the damaged valve for repair.
  • Use heavy-duty rags and paper towels in cleaning the water caused by small leaks.
  • Get a screwdriver to lessen your tools you need to bring for the repair.
  • Stock leak sealing tape and duct tape for emergency plumbing repairs until you get a permanent repair. It would best to use Teflon tape in sealing leaks from the surrounding threaded connections.

Plumbing Emergency Tips

  • Know where to locate the valve for shut-off of your main water supply in case you encounter a leak.
  • Learn how to shut your water heater off. Turn the switch of a gas water heating unit to its pilot position.
  • Use Teflon tape around ferrule in your supply tube until permanent repair is executed.
  • Stop water flow through the isolation valves that are located at each fixture. This will allow continuous water service for the entire house while repairing the leak.
  • Screw in a blind cap to seal the leak caused by broken supply tube until it will be solved.
  • You may use a pipe sealing tape or duct tape in pulling together a pipe crack to lessen water leak.
  • Back off with two wrenches in a single turn in the opposite directions, enabling the wrench used to absorb the stress.
  • Loosen up the collar nuts on your drain line using slip joint pliers.
  • You can use a cup type plunger in fixing small drains such as showers, lavatory sinks and tubs.
  • A forced cup plunger can be used in unclogging a toilet.
  • Use the second plunger in covering the other side’s drain in your kitchen sink to eliminate anything that cause blockage.
  • Use Allen wrenches to work on garbage disposals and a faucet.
  • Unscrew your chrome cap in clearing bathtub clogs to expose the whole drain. You will see the blockage as soon as the mechanism is removed. You may place your plunger on your drain and use your second plunger so that the overflow will be plugged up. Remove the blockage by plunging the drain.

With knowledge on the information just provided, your next emergency plumbing issue will likely be fixed right away.