Necessary Plumbing Tools For Homeowners
These are the seven most useful tools a homeowner should have handy to handle minor DIY plumbing repairs.
- Basin Wrench Its long shaft is designed to reach into tight spaces under the sink to loosen/tighten the mounting nuts that are otherwise very difficult to reach.
- Drain Auger Often referred to as a ‘snake,’ a drain auger is a rotating drum housing a long, thin tool that extends down your drain, grabs the clog and pulls it out. It’s important to note that if your first attempt with a snake is unsuccessful, you should call a licensed plumber to complete the job.
- Flexible tape measure This tool is useful for measuring the dimensions of a space as well as the diameter and circumference of pipes.
- Hacksaw This fine-toothed saw is ideal for cutting plastic pipes or small metal parts, such as rusted bolts or screws.
- Pipe Wrench This type of wrench has hard teeth ideal for gripping and is used to tighten and loosen threaded pipe and pipe fittings.
- Pliers A set of slip-joint pliers, the most common household pliers, has several uses, including gripping, bending or compressing materials.
- Toilet Plunger If you’ve ever shopped for plungers, you know that there are several different types, all with different uses. For overall household use, a toilet plunger is the most versatile and can be used on pretty much any drain in the home.
Remember that when you have a plumbing problem that exceeds your ability to solve it safely, call a licensed plumber. Trying to fix something that is outside your scope of plumbing repairs could result in damaged pipes or other costly issues. Hamm & Sons’ expert plumbers are just a call away, ready to help with your plumbing needs, and we offer 24-hour emergency services for after-hours problems.Contact Us