Water Water Everywhere: 4 Ways To Prepare For A Plumbing Emergency

You never know when a plumbing emergency is going to happen. But, there are a few things you can do to prepare for them. Not all plumbing emergencies are going to require the assistance of a plumber. But, it's a good idea to keep the phone number handy, in case your minor issue turns into a major catastrophe. Here's a quick guide to help you prepare for your next emergency plumbing issue.

Know Where the Water Shut-Off Is

Know where the shut-off valve is before an emergency occurs. The location of your water shut-off valve is the most important piece of information you can have in a plumbing emergency. If you have water pouring from a pipe, you're going to need to get the water turned off as quickly as possible.

Mark the location with spray paint so others can locate it as well. This will help speed things up if you have to send someone else out to turn the water off. It's also a good idea to practice turning the water off, so that you know how to do it in an emergency situation.

Know the Proper Way to Plunge a Kitchen Sink

Knowing how to properly unclog a kitchen sink may be able to prevent a call to the plumber. Food and other debris can get stuck in the P-trap between the two drains. Plunging one side of the sink may simply move the clog from one side to the other.

Have someone hold a plunger over one drain while you plunge the other drain. This should provide enough pressure to force the clog through the drain.

Know the Difference between Plungers

You may think that all plungers are the same. But, when it comes to dealing with clogs, different plungers do different jobs. Cup plungers – plungers that look like a bowl – are best for small drain openings such as showers and bathroom sinks.

Forced cup plungers – plungers that have a funnel-shaped piece on the bottom – are best for drains with larger openings such as toilets or kitchen sinks. It's a good idea to have both types on hand.

Have an Emergency Plumbing Kit

You don't want to run around looking for your equipment in an emergency situation. An emergency plumbing kit will allow you to keep all your essential equipment in one convenient location. Here's what you should have in your kit.

  • 5 gallon plastic bucket

  • Gloves

  • Forced cup plunger

  • Cup plunger

  • 2 medium-sized pipe wrenches

  • Adjustable wrench

  • Duct tape - to seal leaks temporarily

  • Teflon tape - to seal leaks at threaded connections

You never know when you'll be faced with a plumbing issue that requires your immediate attention. This handy guide can help you prepare. If you're faced with an emergency that's too big to handle by yourself, be sure to contact an emergency plumbing contractor.