How to Assemble an Emergency Plumbing Repair Kit

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As a homeowner (and a parent), you will need to respond to a number of issues that arise — and occasionally have to feel comfortable handling it alone! Sometimes that will involve something as simple as switching out the batteries on your fire alarm or fixing a door that cannot close completely due to faulty hinges.

But the more serious problems that you will have to deal with, such as any kind of issue with your plumbing, will require a little more thought and planning to ensure that no more damage is done to the system. When it comes to an emergency plumbing disaster, make sure you’re prepared with an emergency plumbing kit!

Emergency Plumbing Repair Kit
If you haven’t already purchased these tools for yourself, now is the time to do so! Run down to your local hardware store and pick up the following items:

Although it might seem silly, investing in a toolbox to house all your equipment is a great idea. You should keep all your equipment in one place so when something goes wrong, you’ll know exactly where to reach.

A plunger is the first line of defense when faced with a clog. Contrary to popular belief, it is not solely used for unclogging toilets. This staple item in every bathroom creates a vacuum used to unclog drains, sinks, toilets, and bathtubs. The vacuum is formed when the rubber cup attached to the wooden or metallic handle seals the drainage point and sucks out the debris and materials causing the clog.

Pipe Wrenches
These wrenches have toothed jawed designed for gripping and turning threaded pipes and pipe fittings. They are used simultaneously, with one wrench is used to grip the pipe and the other to turn the fitting. Typically, they are sold in several sizes from 12 to 18 inches.

Adjustable Wrench
An adjustable wrench is useful to fit a range of nuts, bolts, and fittings that have a flat side. It is required for working on compression fittings, supply lines, and other fixtures that have hex-shaped nuts. You should have a 10-inch wrench in your emergency plumbing repair kit, which can open up to a 1 ⅛-inch span.

Slip Joint
This smaller piece is vitally important for wastewater plumbing, like that found under kitchen sinks. The slip joint creates a water-tight seal for non-pressurized drainage, with adjustability to aid installation. The slip joint is composed of a gasket that fits snugly on a pipe end, with a threaded nut behind the gasket. This pipe end fits loosely into another pipe with a flange for the gasket to seal against and threads for the nut to clamp the gasket to the flange.

One of the most multipurpose DIY plumbing supplies, pliers are used to grab, pull, twist, hold, tighten or loosen pipes and fittings. To properly grip and turn pipes, nuts, and fittings, you’ll want to invest in a pair of rib-joint pliers. This type of pliers has an adjustable jaw that allows it to firmly grip objects from small to large.

Multi-Bit Screwdriver
This is needed for a range of plumbing tasks, from changing faucet washers to disassembling plumbing-related appliances, screwdrivers come in an assortment of sizes and types. Invest in two or three sizes each of standard, flat-bladed screwdrivers and Phillips screwdrivers.

Teflon Tape
This type of tape can be useful when securing connections. The tape is often wound on the threads of pipes, valves, faucets, shower heads, and other plumbing systems to make the connections tight and leak-proof. Just make sure it’s used as an extra precaution rather than a permanent fix.

Closet Auger
This clog-clearing tool is specifically designed for unclogging toilets. It has a long steel cable to grind through and clear the toughest toilet clogs when a plunger fails you.

Keep a bunch of rags on hand in case you discover a leaking pipe. You’ll want to use them to soak up as much water as possible while you turn off your main water shut-off valve. Additionally, purchase a fire-resistant cloth to protect combustible surfaces if you end up having to solder pipes with an open-flame propane torch. Follow all best practices to ensure you keep you and your family safe, including having a fire extinguisher handy.

Epoxy Compounds
This is one great resource to use as a temporary fix for a leaky pipe. The putty material can create a seal for pipes or facets.

If Your DIY Plumbing Supplies Aren’t Enough, Call a Pro
If you are facing any issues with your plumbing system, be sure to schedule an appointment with the John C. Flood team. Not everyone can fix a leaky pipe without a plumber. If your emergency plumbing kit fails you, get in touch with the John C. Flood team at (703) 752-1266 or schedule service online.

John C FloodWith more than 100-years of experience serving the DMV area, John C. Flood provides excellent plumbing, air conditioning, heating, and electrical services! Their experience, expertise, and reliability make them the area’s go-to for homeowners and renters needing maintenance, repair, and service on a variety of HVAC and plumbing needs!

Plus, it’s easy to book an appointment online, and John C. Flood will put you on their convenient list of check-up customers, so you’ll always have regular inspections and catch plumbing problems before they grow! Call them today at (703) 752-3901 and mention "DULLES" for 15% off your first service call!

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