If you live in a home long enough, sooner or later you have to deal with a plumbing clog and a lot of standing water. And you can’t make the repair without removing the water first. 

Imagine taking out the sink’s p-trap to clean it out and all that standing water rushes into the cabinet. So, you have to remove the water.

Now, you could use a sponge or maybe a towel, but rather than using those to slop up all that water, here’s a quicker, easier way: use a pool toy!

A kid’s toy used to suck water out of a pool and squirt it works great as a little siphon pump to remove standing water from the sink.

Once you have all that water removed, then you can make the repair, you can take out that p-trap and not worry about all several gallons of water rushing in.

This is great for sink clogs, toilet clogs, if you have a malfunctioning washing machine that has water standing in the tub, and then you can make the repair.

But after using this to repair a plumbing leak, go out and buy the kids a new toy!

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Joe Truini

Joe Truini

Radio Show Co-Host

Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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