One of the worst things about plumbing issues is that they can often happen when you least expect them. One minute, you're desperately trying to get ready for that weekend party or other gatherings with your friends and loved ones. The next minute your water pressure drops, you hear a nasty plumbing noise... and you know that you've got much bigger problems on your hands. But just because plumbing emergencies are unpredictable doesn't mean that you can't take steps to make sure you're as prepared as possible when the time does arrive. With that in mind, there are a few key items that are ESSENTIAL to any plumber's home emergency kit.
Expecting the Unexpected: Your Plumbing Emergency Kit
When putting together your own DIY plumber's emergency kit, be sure to include all of the following items:
A bucket, preferably with a five-gallon capacity or larger. Plumbing problems often lead to leaks, so you'd better believe that you'll be thankful you had a bucket at the ready should this actually happen. You can always use it as a makeshift "toolbox" until you need it and whether you're dealing with a leak or one happens in mid-repair, you'll be properly equipped.
Multiple types of plungers. Many people don't realize that all plunger types are NOT interchangeable - the difference between a forced cup plunger and a regular plunger is a big one, indeed. Depending on the situation you suddenly find yourself in, you'll be glad that you've got a few different options to choose from when you need them the most.
Wrenches. If you had to make a list of all the items that are essential to plumbing quick fixes, wrenches would be right at the top. Make sure you keep a cache of different sized wrenches somewhere in your home so that you don't have to shut off the water and run to the store if an issue rears its ugly head.
Tape, tape, and more tape. Having duct tape on hand will certainly make plumbing issues easier to fix, but having leak sealing tape will be even better. Both of these will help you seal up leaks on an effective, temporary basis until something more permanent can be worked out.
Finally, don't forget to always keep a supply of heavy duty paper towels and/or thick, clean rags to clean up all that water from your next leak. This is another one of those aspects of DIY plumbing that people tend not to think too much about, but rest assured if some problem does come up you'll be more than thankful that you'd taken this particular step.
The key is to make sure that you have all of these items on hand BEFORE you actually need them, so that if and when something unfortunate does occur you can spring into action as quickly as possible. As always, if there's ever an issue that you just can't seem to solve on your own either effectively or safely, call a local plumber to have an expert come assess the situation as soon as you can. Your plumbing, your home and (most importantly) the people who live there will certainly thank you.
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