Few things are worse than a plumbing emergency. With the potential for heavy water damage, the need to replace expensive piping systems, and a mess that NO ONE wants to clean up, such an emergency isn’t exactly something people like to spend time thinking about.
But one thing that is worse than facing this type of scenario is having no preparation to prevent or contain the emergency. Fortunately, with a little planning and a few easy to find tools, you can control the chaos and save yourself time and money.
Most homes will experience a plumbing emergency at some point in time. As the pipes, fixtures and appliances get older things are bound to break as they begin to wear down. While preventative maintenance by a licensed plumber can reduce the chances of a plumbing emergency, it’s still a good idea to prepare for one. For the average homeowner, being prepared doesn’t have to mean buying a lot of expensive tools or learning complex plumbing repair methods.
Plumbing Emergency Tools Every Homeowner Should Have
Just like you probably carry a spare tire in your car, jumper cables and maybe a few other supplies, your home should be no different. The following are a few things you should have and/or know how to do in case your home’s plumbing system decides to go haywire.
This is something most people already have. A majority of the time, when the toilet clogs a plunger is the only tool you’ll need to fix the problem. While some plungers are more expensive than others, they all do the same job. If your toilet is clogging often, despite taking steps to prevent it, call your local plumber because there might be a more serious underlying cause of the clogs.
2. Water Shut Off Valves
Know where your water shut off valves are. If one of your pipes burst, it might be a couple of hours before a plumber can come fix the problem. You don’t want water pouring into your house while you sit around waiting for the plumber to arrive because you’ll be completely flooded. Learn where your house’s main emergency shut off valve is. It takes less than a minute to get your water shut off to prevent a disastrous flood.
3. Rags & Towels
Water from a leak can get really messy in a short amount of time. Having some good heavy duty rags and towels can help you start cleaning up the mess before the water does too much damage. Just remember to identify the source of the leak and try to shut the water off first, then start cleaning up while you wait for a professional plumber to arrive.
4. 5-gallon bucket
Buckets can be used to catch water if there’s a leak in your house. You can also keep some basic tools and supplies in the bucket when it’s not in use.
5. Duct tape
What can’t duct tape fix? If you do have a leaky pipe then wrapping the leak with duct tape can be a very temporary fix until a licensed plumber can properly fix the problem.
6. The phone number of your local professional plumber
If your plumbing problem is much more than a clogged toilet or sink, then it’s a good idea to call a licensed plumber to come make the proper repairs. Plumbers are experienced with all types of plumbing emergencies and are familiar with local plumbing codes, which are designed to keep you and your family safe.
As a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to keep your house’s plumbing in good working order. And one of the best ways to do this is by having your plumbing system inspected annually. A plumber can find small problems before they become a plumbing emergency. The cost of a basic inspection is a drop in the bucket compared to the cost of repairing and cleaning up a plumbing disaster. Don’t take that chance.
Keep this emergency tool kit in a place that’s easy to remember and access.
Though it may not solve every problem, it can certainly solve a good many with a little effort. And if you find yourself lost and needing help, give us a call at (361) 991-1002 for a quick response.
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