April 26, 2017
Whether you want to save some money on plumbing costs or learn more about DIY maintenance, having essential plumbing tools is something every homeowner should make the investment in. Hiring a plumber for simple repairs and maintenance can be costly and can take a while depending on the plumber’s availability. Obviously, any major plumbing emergencies or renovations is going to require a licensed and insured plumber. Minor plumbing issues such as clogs, leaks, and drips is something every homeowner will have to deal with at some point. We put together a short list of recommended essential DIY plumbing tools that will come in handy and will not break your budget.
These will be useful when you have to remove a nut that is in a hard to reach spot. Also these make removing small clogs easier so you can avoid touching gross hair, grease, or whatever gets stuck in there!
2. Toilet Plunger
This one may seem obvious, but you never want to put yourself in a situation where the toilet is clogged and you need to run out and buy a plunger. Plus, they are cheap and you can buy one at a dollar store!
3. Hand Auger
If the plunger fails, this hand cranked tool is your next best bet clearing any clog. This can be used for tubs, showers, sinks, toilets and drain lines. Here is a great tutorial on how to use one.
4. Adjustable Wrench (channel locks)
This versatile tool is a must have when needing to work with various sized hex-shaped nuts. Make sure when shopping for one that you pick one with good gripping power and a moving jaw that holds firm.
5. Pipe Wrench
For working with pipes you may need a pipe wrench, which is larger and heavier than adjustable wrenches. The backwards facing teeth will help you better grip water and waste connecting pipes. You may need 2, one for holding and one for gripping.
6. Plumbing Tape
Also known as teflon tape, this provides a reliable seal for preventing leakage of liquids and gasses. Unlike putty, plumbing tape can withhold a significant amount of pressure. You will need plumbing tape any time you are putting pipes back together.
While these tools will put you on the right path to minor repairs and maintenance, we do not recommend taking on large projects you are uncomfortable with. If you have a big repair or need plumbing assistance, call the professionals at Tindall Ranson at 609-924-3434.
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