Forget common plumbing mishaps. Plumbing emergencies are a costly circumstance in more ways than one. You have to pay for a professional plumber's help, and you never see an emergency coming.
It's a stressful situation, but you can prepare yourself by creating an emergency plumbing kit. It's best to start with a sturdy, water-resistant tackle box and fill it with necessary tools, including these must-haves from the experts at Warner Service in Frederick, Maryland:
A flange plunger is an everyday household item. It’s one of the most recognizable plumbing tools and comes in a variety of different sizes and shapes. It’s used to clear basic clogs in a toilet. The plunger creates a vacuum with every up and down motion. This vacuum generates a large amount of water force that's used to flush out a small clog.
Note: A flange plunger is different than a cup-shaped plunger. The former is shaped to seal off the toilet hole.
When an ordinary plunger isn’t enough to clear a deep clog, a plumber’s snake (also known as a sink or hand auger) is the best tool. It's hand-cranked and works a 25-foot-long steel cable into sinks, toilets, and other drain sources to clear deep obstructions.
To use it, place the steel cable into a hole of the drain source until the deep clog is felt. Pull and turn the steel cable back up slightly, and repeat this motion until the deep clog is loosened.
If you cannot feel the clog with a plumber’s snake, it’s likely that the clog is too deep into the plumbing anatomy. In this case, call a professional for this minor emergency plumbing situation.
Adjustable Pipe Wrench
An adjustable pipe wrench is another recognizable tool in an emergency plumbing kit. Adjustable wrenches vary in the size of the jaw head, shape, purpose, and handle size.
The most common use for an adjustable pipe wrench is to tighten pipes to prevent minor and major leaks in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and more. You can also remove and fit plumbing fixtures with this tool.
Use it by tightening the wrench around a pipe using the knurled knob. Because of the serrated edges of the wrench, overall pressure is increased when the wrench is turned.
Note: Duct tape must be used as a barrier on the pipe to prevent teeth marks from occurring when using an adjustable pipe wrench.
Pipe & Tube Cutters
According to Hanover Supply Co., a commercial plumbing supply store in New Jersey, this duo of "plumbing tools have adjustable heads to fit the size of the tube or pipe. [They're] used to cut...metallic and plastic equipment and should be part of your plumbing tools list."
Also called a hex key or Allen wrench, a set of Allen keys is used for removing handles on faucets in bathrooms and kitchens.
With a Philips head or Allen screws holding the tool together, this set of keys is useful for big and small plumbing emergencies, from replacing a valve cartridge or washer to retightening a loose faucet handle.
To complement these must-have tools for an emergency plumbing kit, throw in basic essentials like duct tape, rubber gloves, a flashlight, a five-gallon bucket, and putty. This nicely completes the kit with tools that can conquer any plumbing mishap.
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