Trying to solve a real-life plumbing problem on your own can be daunting (or a downright disaster), so here’s one that you can definitely handle without calling a professional.
In the image below, created by UK-based boiler installation company Heatable, there’s a single broken wrench hidden among a bunch of other tools: plungers, screwdrivers, pliers, nuts, bolts, and more. Can you spot it in 30 seconds or less?
After you’ve tackled the task, keep scrolling to reveal the answer.
Once you’re in the middle of a plumbing emergency—a laundry room flood, a burst pipe, a fearsome drain clog, etc.—your best bet is probably to go ahead and phone your plumber post-haste. But there are a number of preventative measures you can take to keep yourself from ending up in one of those situations in the first place.
For one thing, be kind to your kitchen drain: Don’t pour grease down it, and take a load off your garbage disposal by tossing larger food debris in the trash (or, whenever possible, in the compost). Be kind to your toilet, too—even so-called “flushable” wipes aren’t truly flushable, and that magical drop-in toilet bowl cleaner is full of harsh chemicals that can cause future issues in your pipes. Speaking of pipes, don’t hang your sopping laundry over them to dry; they’re not built to handle the weight.
If you’re dealing with a problem that’s more of a nuisance than an emergency, you might be able to fix it yourself. Here are a few tips for stopping a running toilet and unclogging one without a plunger.