3 plumbing tools to keep on hand
Many homeowners are on a tight budget, so calling in a trained professional for minor home repairs is not always cost effective.
When a problem strikes your home’s plumbing system, it can really pay off to have some of these common tools on hand:
1. Toilet plunger. Some toilets are more susceptible to clogs than others, but it’s still crucial to have a toilet plunger on hand. Clogging issues can come about during any hour of the day, so you never know when a toilet plunger will be needed.
Plungers consist of a rubber topping at the end of a wooden stick, and they use suction to dislodge clogs from a drain pipe. Click here for tips on how to plunge a toilet.
2. Sink auger. Sink clogs can be a frequent occurrence in some homes, especially those where many people share the same sink. This issue can be resolved with a tool called a sink auger.
Similar to a plumber’s snake, a sink auger has a drill bit on the end of a wire that can be inserted into a sink drain and manually drilled into the clog. As the auger is turned, it breaks up the clog so it can be safely flushed down the drain.
3. Pipe wrench. Even if your home has brand-new plumbing, at some point, something is bound to come loose or spring a leak. When this happens, there is no need to panic. Instead, you simply need to have a pipe wrench on hand.
The pipe wrench is an adjustable wrench made for turning soft iron pipes and other round surfaces.
Unfortunately, not all plumbing issues can be easily resolved with a simple household tool. If you run into a more serious problem, you should consider hiring licensed plumber.
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