Apartment living definitely has some perks, the biggest of which is the ability to simply call maintenance when something in your unit breaks. However, once you buy a home, anything that breaks is yours to fix. With some advanced planning, you can have everything you need to resolve minor plumbing problems at the ready when they happen to you.
Your first order of business is definitely to assemble a plumbing kit for your home. It should contain a plunger to unclog drains, duct tape for fast triage on stubborn leaks, a screwdriver, and heavy-duty paper rolls which can be sued to absorb leaks off of the floor. Another thing you should have handy is a set of hex keys, also known as Allen keys. These are essential for tightening small nuts and bolts in confined spaces. You should also purchase and use strainers on your drains to keep soap, hair, and other items from entering and clogging your pipes.
Next, you should familiarize yourself with where the main shut off valves for gas and water are in your home. Should you experience a leak of water or gas, it’s extremely important to be able to locate those valves and shut them off quickly.
Finally, here are a few tricks to have up your sleeve for later.