Trying to solve a real plumbing problem yourself can be daunting (or downright disaster).
In the image below, created by UK boiler installer Heatable, a single broken wrench is hidden under a number of other tools: plungers, screwdrivers, pliers, nuts, bolts and more. Can you spot it in 30 seconds or less?
After completing the task, keep scrolling to see the answer.
Once you’re in the middle of a plumbing emergency – a laundry room flood, a burst pipe, a terrifying drain clog, etc. – it’s probably best to call your plumber right away. But there are a number of preventative measures you can take to keep yourself from getting into any of these situations in the first place.
On the one hand, be kind to your kitchen drain: do not pour grease into it and relieve your waste disposal by throwing larger leftovers in the trash (or, if possible, in the compost). Also, be kind to your toilet – even so-called “flushable” towels aren’t actually flushable, and this magical toilet cleaner is full of harsh chemicals that can cause future problems in your pipes. Speaking of whistling, don’t hang your soaked laundry over it to dry; They are not designed for weight.
If you’re dealing with a problem that is more of a nuisance than an emergency, you may be able to fix it yourself. Here are a few tips on how to stop a running toilet and remove clogs without a plunger.