Four Emergency Plumbing Tips

To most of us plumbing is something of a dark art and the mere word can bring out a shiver. For the most part there is no escaping a call to the plumber when your waterworks misbehave, but there are some things you can do yourself when faced with a bathroom emergency. The following tips aren’t all solutions in their own right, but if you’re an absolute plumbing novice then they will buy you time and could well avert disaster.

Find the Water Stopcock

This valve controls the flow of fresh water into your home. In the event of a plumbing emergency such as a leak or pipe rupture it is essential that you are able to locate the mains water shut off valve in order to stop the torrent. If you are going to attempt to fit a new plumbed fitting or fixture it is also imperative that you know where the water stop tap (or in some cases taps) are located in your home. Common locations include (but unfortunately are not limited to) the cloakroom, bathroom, cellar and under the kitchen sink – go and take a look when you next get chance so you’re prepared in case of a soggy emergency.

Fix a Dripping Tap

If a persistently dripping tap is keeping you awake at night and you can’t get a plumber or accomplished DIY-er round for a couple of days then fear not. Simply tie a piece of string around the end of the bath or kitchen taps spout and poke the other end into the plug-hole so that the water runs down the waste silently. This might not fix the drip as such but it certainly makes it a lot less irritating!

Stop a Clogged Toilet from Overflowing

If you find yourself facing that heart stopping moment when you flush the toilet and realize it’s clogged as the bowl begins to rapidly fill threatening to soak the bathroom floor then this tip could avert disaster. As the water level starts to rise, pop the lid off the cistern and lift the fill valve (floating ball part) until the water stops flowing – secure it into this raised position (by wedging with the nearest available object) while hunting for a plunger to unclog the u-bend. Set to work with the plunger to shift the blockage before releasing the fill valve to resume business as usual.

Unclog a Drain Using Supplies from Your Kitchen

If you find yourself without a chemical drain unblocker (or simply don’t want to utilise potentially hazardous chemicals) then a slow draining sink can be a serious irritant. It is however possible to combat the problem with the help of kitchen staples. Pour a hefty dose of baking powder down the plug hole giving it a few moments to travel into the murky depths of the plumbing. Once the baking soda is in place pour down a pint or so of vinegar and allow the frothy chemical reaction to work its magic – dislodging all of the accumulated drain gunk in the process. After a couple of minutes get to work with a plunger, blast with the hot tap and smooth and speedy plug drainage should be restored.

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