Basic Plumbing Tools That Every Home Should Have
Whether you’re new to DIY or are already handy around the home, you need the right tools to get the job done. But tools cost money, and sometimes we feel hesitant to make the purchase. Everything listed here, though, can be a good addition to any household.
Tools for Pipes
Functional plumbing depends on functional pipes. And the usual issues that cause dysfunction, or at least the issues you could fix without a professional, have to do with fittings getting loose or being too tight. One wrench doesn’t fit all situations, but you shouldn’t feel obligated to buy the whole hardware store, either. A pipe wrench for basic tightening, a strap wrench for oddly shaped connectors, a basin wrench when you need extra reach, and an adjustable wrench, which is less for pipes and more for general purposes like building furniture or fixing bikes. If you think you’ll need more serious adjustments to your piping, be sure to have thread tape, too.
Tools for Leaks
Serious leaks need more than your average tool, but for a minor or temporary fix you should always have plumber’s putty plus caulk and a caulk gun on hand. Plentiful duct tape and multiple rags are also great general purpose additions to your DIY arsenal.
Tools for Clogs
When a clog happens, you will thank your past self for buying the necessary unclogging tools ahead of time. For clogs in the toilet line, look for a flange plunger. Kitchen sink clogs are better suited for traditional plungers. Clogs in the bathtub, shower, etc. are more of a job for a hand auger or a set of pliers (which can come in handy for many other projects, too).
The tools in bold above will go a long way to helping you get the job done. But when that job calls for some extra expertise, be sure to call (440) 283-9377 for Ohio Buckeye, the Greater Cleveland area’s family plumbers.