You never know when you might run into a plumbing problem in your home. It’s important to have the right tools on hand when you do! Even if you are not a trained, licensed plumber like our PROs, having these tools ready can help you reduce property damage, temporarily stop a leak, or clear a clog before you call for service.
10 Plumbing Tools to Keep On-Hand
A cup plunger is the kind most people picture when they think of a plunger. But, do you know this plunger is designed for certain kinds of drains? A cup plunger is great for sink, bathtub, and shower drains. The cup sits flat on the surface, and the downward push creates pressure to flush the clog through the pipe. If you are using it on a double sink, be sure to stop the second drain to avoid water and air escaping through the connected drain.
A flange plunger is a tool similar to the cup plunger and works in the same way. However, the flange plunger is designed to fit the curved surfaces of a toilet. This extra rubber that extends from the cup creates the necessary seal against a toilet drain. Having one of these plungers is a necessity!
A toilet hand auger is the best option when a plunger doesn’t do the job. Designed to be used in toilets, you place the end of the wire coil into the toilet drain and use the hand crank to push it through the clog. When a toilet auger doesn’t clear a clog, your next step is to call in a professional.
A basin wrench is a great tool to have on hand when working on any faucet. The long handle and swiveling clamp at the end make it perfect for getting into the narrow spaces behind sinks.
Pipe wrenches are designed with a metal handle and two serrated jaws that can be adjusted to fit a connection. They are great for tightening, loosening, and holding pipes in place as you work.
Most home tool kits come with an adjustable wrench. These are perfect for loosening and tightening supply lines, fittings, and any other nut or bolt you might encounter. To avoid scratching fixture finishes, wrap the jaws with a cloth.
A hacksaw will probably be the least used item in your tool kit, but it is still important to have. These handheld saws can cut through plastic and even metal piping. They are good to have for emergencies, and we recommend keeping a few extra blades as well.
You know what they say: If it doesn’t move and it should, use WD-40. If it moves and it shouldn’t, use duct tape. We recommend a good quality roll of duct tape in every toolbox. It is great for emergency fixes, including on your pipes. While it is not a permanent solution, duct tape is water-resistant and can create a water-tight seal for small leaks.
Like duct tape, plumber’s putty creates a water-tight seal. However, it is best for joints that are not under water pressure, such as drain lines. You can purchase this inexpensive sealant at any home improvement store.
Caulking Gun and Caulk
Caulking can work wonders by creating a seal around sinks, bathtubs, showers, and toilets. Using caulking prevents leaks around the fixture as well as the growth of mold and mildew in areas that are difficult to clean. Keep a caulking gun and caulk on hand in case the seal around any of those fixtures needs to be updated. To keep the caulking from drying out once opened, wrap the tip with your handy duct tape.
Need a Hand?
If you don’t have the right tools for the job, or you aren’t confident using the tools you have, give the PROs at PRO Plumbing Service a call. Our licensed, professional plumbers will take care of any plumbing problem you might encounter.