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Necessary Plumbing Tools For Homeowners

7 plumbing tools for homeowners

These are the seven most useful tools a homeowner should have handy to handle minor DIY plumbing repairs.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Flexible tape measure This tool is useful for measuring the dimensions of a space as well as the diameter and circumference of pipes.
  4. Hacksaw This fine-toothed saw is ideal for cutting plastic pipes or small metal parts, such as rusted bolts or screws.
  5. Pipe Wrench This type of wrench has hard teeth ideal for gripping and is used to tighten and loosen threaded pipe and pipe fittings.
  6. Pliers A set of slip-joint pliers, the most common household pliers, has several uses, including gripping, bending or compressing materials.
  7. 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.

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