Is your young adult son or daughter getting ready to move out into a home of his or her very own? If so, do you feel confident in their ability to handle household emergencies when they arise? Schools today don't focus as much on teaching life-skills to students–they focus on reading, writing, and arithmetic, but leave all of those skills that everyone will need at some point for parents to teach or for kids to learn on their own. Well, here, you'll find a few things to make sure your son or daughter knows should a plumbing emergency arise.
1. Contact Info for a Plumber
One thing that you should do for your son or daughter is to find a good plumber for them to call for help when it's needed. Take some time to look into the plumbers in the area where they'll be living. Find out the hours of availability, if they offer emergency services, and what the upcharge is for emergency visits. Some will charge hefty fees for after-hour visits.
2. Purchase two Plungers
Every home should have two plungers–one red and one black. Why should every household have two plungers? Well, think about what you do with the plunger in the bathroom. Now, think about where it goes in the kitchen. Do you want to use the same plunger in the kitchen sink that you use in the toilet to break up those nasty clogs? Gift your young adult two plungers and explain to them how to use them correctly.
3. Drain Cleaning Routine
Teach your young adult to maintain the drains regularly so that they don't back up often. All they have to do is pour about half-cup of baking soda into the drain. Add about half-cup of vinegar to the drain. Let it sit for a half-hour and run hot water down the drain. This will help to break down any grease and grime that's build up inside before it clogs it up entirely. This can be done weekly, monthly, or more often if the drains are very slow and haven't been cleaned in a while.
Talk with a plumber near you and ask what they think most young adults need to know how to do when they move into their first place alone. Surely, you'll get at least one good story about the mess the plumber walked into after a failed plumbing repair attempt was made by someone not yet prepared for the challenge.