Whether it’s a clogged toilet from lots of guests or its a minor leak that drips from the faucet and keeps you up all night, an emergency bathroom repair can be a costly endeavor when a plumber has to show up to take care of business. The bad news is that while the plumbing problems will be fixed right away, they are going to cost you a fortune-especially if the plumber has to show up off hours. Fix it yourself, save the day and save yourself a few bucks in the process by using the following emergency bathroom repair tips.
In the Know
When water starts to leak from a broken pipe, knowing where the shutoff valve to the water supply for your home is, is essential. Your main water shutoff valve is typically located near the well head or where the municipal water main ties into the house, i.e. the garage. Look for a big blue valve and turn off water leaks before they become a major catastrophe.
Teflon Tape is your Friend
Ferrules, the small tapered shaped cone that’s inside of many threaded water supply line connections is used to cause pressure inside of the supply line to make a water tight connection. A little Teflon tape before the ferrule on the threaded end of the supply line will stop any ferrule from leaking.
Plunge Into It
There are two types of plungers you should own-a cup plunger which has a small cupped end that’s a perfect fit for tubs and sinks, and a forced cup plunger that has an extended end and works best for toilet clogs. Buy both because you’ll need both for a sink or tub clog.
Garbage in Garbage Out
A garbage disposal can easily get clogged when greasy debris is allowed to be pulverized inside of the grinding unit. A good set of Allen wrenches allows access to the inside mechanism for cleaning debris. Just be sure to shut off the power to the disposal before working on it.
Bathtubs and dual sinks have two drain holes that need to be covered before plunging them. Use a plunger to cover the tub overflow drain or second sink drain while using the other plunger to help loosen the clog.
Duct Tape is Your Friend
If a plumbing pipe has burst, you can temporarily fix the problem with a little duct tape placed tightly around the leaky pipe. Turn off the water and seal the pipe with duct tape. This will buy you enough time to get the materials you need before making your emergency bathroom repair.