Tools are essential part of your home. Whether you live in an apartment or a house, you should always have a small set of tools ready – just in case of a plumbing emergency.
Here’s a list of the top 7 plumbing tools and supplies that your home must have:
The simplest yet one of the most essential plumbing tool any home needs is the handy dandy plunger. After all, this is the trademark item of any plumber. Although there is a common misconception that this tool is used only to unclog toilet bowls, this efficient tool actually unclogs sinks, floor drains, bathtubs, showers, and so much more. Ideally, the plunger would best be placed under sinks or beside toilet bowls for easy accessibility.
With this durable saw, you are able to cut through the old and rusty metal pipes, worn out plastic pipes, stubborn screws, bolts, and the like. As an additional tip, if cutting through tight or narrow spots, wrap one end of the hacksaw with a piece of cloth for a DIY handle. It is best to place the hacksaw inside a toolbox to avoid losing it and to keep it out of children’s reach.
These large pipe wrenches are always useful whenever homes need a quick pipe change. Essentially, two pipe wrenches are needed for maximum use — one for gripping the pipe and another for turning the pipes. In case of emergencies, having the pipe wrenches kept under the pipe sinks or inside the toolbox will come in handy.
Pliers are another essential for a basic home plumbing kit. Similar to pipe wrenches, pliers can be used to tighten and loosen pipes. Since the pipe wrenches are quite large, the pliers can be used for smaller pipes, bolts, and the like. For proper storage, it is best to place the pliers inside the toolbox to avoid misplacing them.
After cutting the pipes, whether it is metal, copper, or plastic, it is best to file them afterwards using a metal file to remove the rough and sharp edges. This way, cuts would be avoided whenever it is time to repair the plumbing again. Remember to always keep this inside the toolbox as metal files can easily be lost or misplaced around the home.
No one will ever know when he or she would need to screw or unscrew anything in their home. That is why a screwdriver still remains as one of the handiest plumbing tools everyone needs. Just like the other tools, it is best to place the screwdrivers inside the toolboxes to keep everything organized.
For a quick fix for those leaky pipes or sinks, Teflon tapes will always come in handy. Just wrap the tape around the damaged or leaking areas of the pipes or sinks to stop any more leaks from dripping. For emergencies or quick fixes, place the Teflon tapes near the sink or faucet areas, as well as near the water tanks for easy access.
To avoid plumbing issues read “How to Prevent Common Plumbing Issues” or consult a professional to avert further impairment of your plumbing issues. If you need more information about plumbing repairs and installations, contact our friendly plumbers from Sin City Plumbing.