Here is a short list of common plumbing supplies that should get you through some of your most basic bathroom troubles. Why call an expensive professional when you can take care of the issue right then and there by yourself? Become more self reliant with these tools.
Putty Or Epoxy
Something that people tend to forget about is what goes on inside of the house walls. Those pipes that are neatly stored away sometimes burst or slightly leak. Though this is not normal, it should be prepared for. Keep around some plumber putty or pipe epoxy for such occasions. You might need to quickly put some on there to seal up a little crack. But you will need to come back to find the source of the problem and to fix it for the long term. However, this is a great quick fix.
You can also place putty over a pipe or surface that seems to be much too thin. If you find that a pipe has already been leaking, check the surrounding area well for moisture that may have been caught there. The last thing you want is long-standing black mold or mildew. You might want to fan it out just in case or bring in a special inspector if the problem seems widespread. In this case, you may also need a real plumber.
Another must-have in your bucket of plumbing supplies is a snake. Though the plunger is more common in households, and is very necessary as well, the snake is needed for backup. It can get loose those things that the other tool cannot seem to budge. You just need a little patience working the metal part through the plastic so that you do not scratch the porcelain bowl. Start with the long wire pulled out toward you, then when the plastic tool end is in the start of the toilet hole, work the wire all the way through to the end of the pipe. Twist it around a few times in each direction to unleash the monster. This should do the trick. Try it until it works.
Store these plumbing supplies, along with others that you acquire over time as a homeowner or renter, in one place that is easy to find and makes sense. That way, guests and other members of the family will be able to use them when you are gone. And you won’t have to run around like a chicken with its head cut off when you have a little disaster, yourself. A great place is under the main bathroom sink. Each toilet should have it’s own plunger and set of gloves. These are simple ways to stay on top of the plumbing in your home.