Some plumbing repairs aren’t for the average homeowner because they require advanced skills and experience. But there are problems you can fix without having to call a plumber, as long as you have the right tools.
Since no household is spared from the inconvenience brought by plumbing issues, it helps to stay prepared for any emergency. Here are the plumbing tools a homeowner will use to solve the most common plumbing problems:
1. A Plunger
Aside from leaky faucet and pipes and water heater problems, some of the most common plumbing issues are clogged drains and toilets. Many times a plunger will take care of these issues and save you from having to call a plumber. Plungers can also be used on other clogs outside the bathroom.
If the drain won’t clear with vigorous plunging, you might need a professional’s help. But more often than not, a plunger is all you need to quickly and properly unclog any drain as soon as you notice any problem.
2. A drain Snake/ Auger
If a plunger didn’t get rid of the clog, a snake is often used to take care of the issue. So it’s smart to keep a drain snake handy in a home. Using a basic drain snake/auger to take care of a minor clog is better than using chemical drain cleaners, which can damage your plumbing.
3. Plumber’s tape
Want to be prepared for the worse case scenario? Plumber’s tape, or PTFE tape, comes in handy if you need to tighten and seal pipes to prevent leaks. Used as a thread sealant and lubricant, plumber’s tape is a versatile adhesive that’s used for sealing leaks and gas fittings. It’s also applied as a stop-gap to temporarily stop leaks until a plumber can address the problem.
If you have a plumbing emergency, plumber’s tape can help keep loose joining in place, cover a hole, or seal burst pipes while you’re waiting for professional help.
4. Pipe wrenches
A staple in a plumber’s toolbox, pipe wrenches hold or turn pipes for assembly or disassembly. Two pipe wrenches are often used together to hold the pipe in place and to rotate a nut or fitting.
You can use a pipe wrench to hold one part steady while moving the other. So if you need to tighten, loosen, remove, or replace pipes with ease, keep pipe wrenches handy.
5. A hacksaw
A hacksaw cuts through a variety of items such as pipes and screws. It also cuts through metal and plastic, so it comes in handy in case of plumbing emergencies.
Clean hacksaw blades regularly to keep them in good condition.
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