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Controlling Plumbing Emergencies | Ask This Old House

In this video, This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey explains some of the most common plumbing emergencies and how homeowners can handle them.

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Kevin O’Connor meets plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey for a run-down on common plumbing emergencies and how homeowners can control them. Richard explains some of the important valves, as well as some techniques for emergency water stoppages, and then shows Kevin a basic kit of fittings that most homeowners should consider putting together for emergency leaks.

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Assemble an Emergency Kit

Homeowners should consider putting together a leak emergency kit, and they’re relatively easy to create. Since almost all pipes in residential buildings are either ½-inch or ¾-inch, collect a few of the following fittings in those sizes and place them in an easily-accessible toolbox or kit:

Push-to-connect copper cap []
Push-to-connect valves []
Push-to-connect couplings []
Threaded caps []
Threaded plugs []
Hose cap []

All materials used can be found at local home centers [].

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