Plumbing can be tricky but we are so dependent on it for our water supply. It is important to take care of your plumbing by not allowing food debris in your drains and cleaning your bathroom drains regularly. However, sometimes you can do everything right and something still goes wrong. Accidents happen and sometimes a pipe just feels like bursting. Our plumber friends shared some helpful tips on how to deal with a plumbing emergency.
Know where the main water valve is. When a water or plumbing emergency occurs, the first thing you should do is shut off the water supply valve.
Use two wrenches. If you are working on closing a pipe or something like that, use two wrenches and turn them in a different direction. This is called ‘backing off’ and it helps to reduce the pressure or stress on the plumbing.
Use duct tape to seal off cracks or leaks. If you find cracks or leaks on pipes, wrap some duct tape around it to stop leakage temporarily. It will have to be fixed properly eventually, but this at least offers an immediate solution.
Understand your water heater. In the case of an emergency involving the water heater, it is important to understand the switches. You need to know how to switch it off. It is not as easy you may think as some gas heaters work differently than electrical ones.
Always have a plunger handy. A cup plunger is good for small drains like the bath or the bathroom sink. However, for kitchen sinks and toilets, you should have a forced cup plunger. When you unclog the kitchen sink, use a plunger on both drains to get more force to clear the blockage.
Basically, you need to know where to switch off the water and you should have wrenches, duct tape, and a plunger. With these tools, you will be able to temporarily fix a plumbing emergency until the professionals get there.