Plumbing Tools Every Homeowner Should Have On Hand

Are you a new homeowner or simply trying to become handier around your home? Here is a list of tools you might find useful to help you fix some plumbing problems that are relatively simple to handle if you have the right tools. 

Plunger

This tool is an essential tool to have for anyone who owns a toilet that flushes. This tool is also used to handle all types of drainage blockages. There are two kinds of plungers that have their intended use. As a homeowner, you should have at least one of each.

  • Cup Plunger:  These are very popular. They are shaped like a rubber cup, one on end connected to a long wooden handle. They are excellent for dealing with clogged sinks, tubs, and showers. Note that this tool isn’t designed for unclogging toilets.
  • Flange Plunger: These are specifically made for unblocking toilets. They are similar to the sink and tub plunger in design but have a flange. A flange is an extended rubber flap just beneath the cup of the plunger head.

Wrench

When choosing a wrench, always opt for the adjustable type. This type is effective for many plumbing-related tasks like adjusting fixtures, loosening or fastening pipe connectors, securing toilet seats, and more.

Long-Nose Pliers

These are great for hard-to-reach areas and useful for picking out hair or adjusting fittings.

Hand Auger

This tool is a lifesaver when your plunger cannot unblock your toilet. It is a tool specifically made for dealing with toilet clogs. It comes with a long metal rod with a bend, which makes reaching into the hole at the base of the toilet bowl a lot easier.

Caulk Gun

Caulk is used to seal plumbing fixtures like toilets, showers, baths, sinks, and walls. It is important that homeowners keep the caulk fresh and sealed to prevent water damage.

Tape

This is useful when you’re handling threaded plumbing connections. You want to make sure that the seals are very tight using your Teflon tape.

Conclusion

The abovementioned tools can be found in any hardware store in your area and are also relatively affordable and easy to use. Bear in mind that even though it is advised to have these tools in case of emergencies, fixing plumbing problems yourself depends on the issue’s nature. Not all plumbing problems should be taken as DIY projects, as some plumbing problems are very complicated and require professional assistance and special tools. Also, if you’re unsure what to do, call a plumber for help to avoid making the situation worse or putting yourself in danger.

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