As a homeowner it’s a good idea to be prepared when it comes to your household plumbing because you never know when you’ll experience a plumbing emergency. There are many ways to be prepared when it comes to your household plumbing; you should have the basic tools and knowledge to tackle plumbing problems you’ll experience in your home until help arrives.
Here are the 6 plumbing tools every homeowner should have on hand:
Plungers are most commonly associated with plumbers. They come in many different shapes and sizes. As a homeowner you should posses a cup plunger and a flange plunger. A cup plunger is used for cleaning out drain clogs in sinks or tubs. A flange plunger is best for toilets since it has additional soft rubber cupping from the cup. Therefore, you should have a cup plunger and a flange plunger around your home because the one time you don’t have one or the another is the one time you’ll need it.
2. Basin Wrench
When you se a picture of a plumber, you’ll see them holding a big red wrench. A basin wrench is used to loosen or tithes the nuts on sink faucets.They are long and narrow, as well as has an adjustable clamp, making it perfect for reaching the sink bolts towards the back of cabinets.
3. Adjustable Wrench
You’ll probably notice that many plumbing fixtures have hexagonal-shaped nuts. So you’ll need an adjustable wrench to be able to work on supply lines and compression fittings. You should have both the six-inch and ten-inch models of an adjustable wrench.
4. Hand Auger
If you have a sink or shower clog, don’t call the plumber just yet. You can remove a sink or shower clog yourself by using a hand auger. You can do this by using the hand crank to extend the metal wire into the drain to pull the blockage out or to break up the clog.
5. Plumber’s Tape
Plumbers’ tape or duct tape is important to have on hand for any home plumbing emergency. They are the perfect tape to stop leaks between plumbing connections because it is strong, durable, and water resistant. If you have a leaky shower head or a water line connection that isn’t properly sealed, apply plumber’s tape to block off water trying to make its way out and stop the leak.
You never know when you’ll need a flashlight, so it is a good idea to have one around the house. You can use a flashlight to safely navigate your surroundings around areas in your home that are poor lit. Flashlights can also be useful to scan your attic, basement, or crawlspace for leaks and damages in the walls or ceiling.
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