You never know what kind of emergency might pop up unexpectedly in your home. That’s why it’s important to keep basic tools in your home to stay prepared.
On top of basic home tools, it’s important to keep around some basic plumbing tools for any of those minor plumbing repairs you may need to DIY. You don’t have to be an expert on plumbing, but it’s very useful to know basic repairs to at least hold off until the experts show up. Here are the plumbing tools every homeowner should have on hand for common plumbing issues that you may run into.
Clogged Toilet and Pipes
Plunger – Most commonly known and used tool for tackling a clogged toilet, sink, shower, and tub. A plunger is an essential tool that should be found in every household due to how easy it is to use and how well it really works.
Note: A “cup” plunger is used for sinks and a “flange” plunger works better for toilets.
Hand Auger – If the plunger isn’t getting the job done, you should have a few extra tools at your disposal when faced with a difficult clog. With over 25-feet of bendable steel cable, the hand auger has the capability to clear clogs from showers, tubs, toilets, sinks, and drains.
Closet Auger – The closet auger is designed to break up the obstructions that clog a toilet. With lengths normally ranging from 3 to 6 ft, the closet auger’s steel cable has the flexibility to easily navigate through the different twists and turns of your toilet’s drain.
Toilet Water is Continually Running
If the toilet in your home is constantly running, you may need to replace the fill valve, the flush valve seal, or the flush valve.
Adjustable Crescent Wrench – Adjustable wrench used to loosen and tighten a variety of nut and bolt head sizes.
Metric Combination Wrench Set – Unlike the adjustable crescent wrench, a metric combination wrench set provides you with a variety of wrenches of various sizes to loosen or tighten a nut or bolt head of similar size.
Strap Wrench – Usually made of rubber or metal, a strap wrench can loosen and tighten larger plastic or metal nuts that the average adjustable crescent and metric combination wrench can’t. The strap wrench is a great help when trying to replace the Flush Valve because the valve is generally secured with a very large nut on the bottom of a toilet tank.
A leaky faucet is usually caused by the deterioration of a washer in compression type faucets. This deterioration allows water to slowly escape and drip from your faucet head. To fix this problem, simply replace the deteriorated washer using just pliers and a screwdriver.
Basin Wrench – If you ever need to completely remove your faucet, you will need to purchase a basin wrench which is purposefully designed to easily loosen and tighten nuts that can be found in the deep, narrow space behind a sink.
Note: Don’t forget to turn off your main water valve when working on a dripping faucet
Jammed Garbage Disposer
Allen Wrench Set – If your garbage disposer ever jams, simply unjam the motor by placing the correctly sized allen wrench into an opening at the bottom of your garbage disposer and turn in both directions.
Contact A Corley Plumber
With these ten effective plumbing tools on hand, you will be ready and able to handle the most common plumbing problems at the drop of hat, but some issues may be bigger than they seem. If you are still having issues getting your home’s plumbing system to work properly, call us here at Corley!
We have experienced plumbers on hand ready to come out, talk with you about the issues you are experiencing and what can be be done to prevent this issue, and our plumbers will let you know upfront the cost of the service, whether it’s for repair or outright replacement. You can reach us by phone at (864) 517- 1251 or contact us online at any time just by clicking the banner below!