Do you have an emergency kit?
If the power goes out are you ready with canned food, bottled water and flashlights?
If the ATM goes down do you have cash ready or do you rely on plastic payments?
Do you have a spare tire for your car?
Do you know how to install it?
These are things that most people have probably thought about, even if you don’t quite have it in place yet.
But what about your plumbing?
If you have a plumbing issue in the middle of the night, it can be very expensive to call out a plumber, so let’s look at some basic tools everyone should have on hand.
As a 24 hour emergency London Ontario plumber, we’re always happy to take your calls, but we like our sleep too.
So let’s look at what every home should have:
1. A Plunger (Of Course)
This is pretty basic, folks.
Most people have at least one plunger.
If you have more than one bathroom I’d recommend having one in each – the last thing you need to do is run to the other end of the house when your toilet is on the verge of overflowing from a clog.
And then, consider having an extra one, for sinks.
Because you probably don’t want to be putting your toilet plunger in your kitchen sink.
Just let that “sink” in.
2. A Flashlight
You probably have this one around already as well, although you may think of your flashlight as more a tool for power outages and camping trips, not plumbing emergencies.
But what happens if you need to venture into the attic, crawlspace or that corner of the basement you usually avoid to check for a leak?
A flashlight will not only keep you safe, but will make it easier to spot potential issues.
So make sure you have one handy, and don’t forget the extra batteries.
Or download a flashlight app on your smartphone – they already do everything else for us anyways.
3. Duct Tape
Duct tape is strong, durable and water resistant.
And you’ll probably end up using it for a lot more than plumbing repairs.
Did you know that duct tape was originally used by the military for temporary fixes – anything used by the military has to be good right?
If one of your pipe springs a leak, duct tape will be invaluable as a quick fix.
A duct-taped pipe won’t hold forever, of course, but it should hold at least until you can get a plumber to come look at it the next day.
And that way you can avoid paying the extra fee a 24 hour service call will cost you.
4. Caulking & A Caulking Gun
Caulking: It’s a triple-threat! It can sing! It can dance!…
Well maybe not, but it can be used as a multipurpose sealant, a temporary fix or a permanent solution to a leak.
Use it with a caulking gun for those tricky and hard-to-reach spots, corners and cracks.
This multipurpose tool is also water resistant and weatherproof, so indoors or out you can rest assured that your leaks will stay sealed.
5. A Wrench
There are many types of wrenches.
The type of wrench used in plumbing to tighten and adjust pipes is called, conveniently enough a “pipe wrench”.
The pipe wrench has teeth to grip the pipe, to make tightening and turning the pipe a piece of cake.
We recommend doing some research to determine the proper size of pipe wrench that you require.
Contact Triton Plumbing & Service
Do you have a plumbing issue that goes beyond your skills as a do-it-yourself-er?
Is your duct tape losing its’ grip on that leak?
Or maybe you have a clog that the plunger just can’t quite handle?
GIve us a call today at Triton Plumbing & Service, and we’ll get you the expert help you need!