Plumbing Tools to Have Handy at Your Home or Business

 In Plumbing, Plumbing Emergencies, Tips

You head to the bathroom and realize the toilet is clogged. You realize not only is the toilet clogged, but there isn’t even a plunger handy. Now, what do you do? You have to run to the nearest store to buy a plunger or toilet auger to fix the problem.

Don’t let this scenario happen to you! Get these common plumbing tools and keep them handy in your home or business. These tools are all found at your local hardware store.

Learn more about these plumbing tools and each of their uses.

Common Plumbing Tools

Start with getting a toolbox that is specifically for your plumbing tools. You can put all but one of the tools below in your box. The tool you don’t keep in the box is your toilet plunger. Instead, you should keep this tool right next to your toilet.

Having the rest of these tools handy and in their own box will make it easier when you experience one of these common plumbing issues or a plumbing emergency.

Becoming familiar with these tools will come in handy later when you’re trying to fix the plumbing issue and can grab what you need

  • Plunger– This is the only tool you won’t put in your box because you’ll want it handy next to every toilet. You use this tool to create suction and pull to unclog your toilet.
  • Pipe Wrench – You use this handy tool to adjust different size pipes during a plumbing project.
  • Basin Wrench  – This type of wrench is handy on your sink faucet to loosen and tighten the sink nuts.
  • Adjustable Wrench – This versatile wrench is used for bigger plumbing projects. You will likely use this to on different size fastener heads.
  • Sink Auger –This is the tool you turn to when your sink is clogged, and you need to unclog it safely.
  • Toilet Auger – Yes, this is different from a sink auger. This tool is designed specifically for a clog in your toilet.
  • Channellock Pliers – Having a couple of these in your box will be helpful when you need to do any tightening.
  • Plumbers Tape – This prevents leaks from forming where fitted pipes meet.
  • The Number of a Trusted Plumber –If you’re experiencing a plumbing emergency or a frustrating project, you’ll want to have a vetted plumber’s number handy to call.

Homemade Plumbing Tools

We highly recommend you don’t use homemade tools on your plumbing. Don’t use a wire hanger for a clog, especially down a drain. The wire hanger may scratch your pipes and cause harm to your plumbing. Use the right tool that’s meant for the plumbing project!

One Hour Rooter is your trusted plumber in the Twin Cities Metro area. Call us at 612-354-8984 if you need help with any plumbing projects.

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