Imagine working from home within earshot of the kitchen. You type, and over the click of your keys you hear it… the sound of splashing water coming out from under your sink. You go over to check. In fact, you have a minor plumbing emergency when you discover your hot water hose has a hole in it.
Such sanitary emergencies can occur at any time. Sometimes you may need to do some plumbing work to get the problem under control before a plumber arrives.
Having the right plumbing tools on hand can make a big difference in the severity of your situation. While our plumbers are always available, we also think it’s important to have the following plumbing tools on hand to help you deal with a minor plumbing problem or get started on an emergency repair.
Almost everyone has a piston. It’s a household staple for good reason. This handy plumbing tool is perfect for clearing annoying clogs in toilets and sinks. The suction pistons loosen blockages and allow your water to flow freely again.
While pistons are inexpensive and easy to use, it’s important to remember that not all are created equal. There are special plungers for toilets and sinks. To make sure you’re getting the job done right, do your research and buy one of each.
If any of the connections in your lines are slightly loose, A pipe wrench can help you tighten your connections. This tool is useful for metal tubing that requires high torque for proper security.
Although it is an essential plumbing tool, we recommend only using it if you are comfortable with it or have some plumbing experience.
You don’t want to twist the wrong fitting and end up creating an even bigger plumbing mess than you already have.
If you have a tool box at home, you probably already know that an adjustable wrench is a versatile tool that can be used to tighten and loosen nuts and bolts of various sizes.
Many plumbing fixtures require smaller, more precise tools than a standard pipe wrench, and in an emergency, your adjustable wrench could hit the pause button on a big problem.
Keep in mind that adjustable wrenches come in a variety of sizes. So make sure you always have the right size tool for the job at hand. If you don’t, make sure you have a licensed plumber on call who can step in and help.
Teflon tape, also known as plumbing tape, is a thin, white tape that can seal pipe threads. It is particularly useful for creating a watertight seal, ensuring threaded connections do not leak.
It’s easy to find, inexpensive, and can stop a leak while you wait for a plumber to come and find a long-term fix.
We say it’s a must-have in every homeowner’s toolbox.
Drain snakes are long, flexible tools that you can use to unclog minor clogs in your drains and pipes. It’s a better solution than chemical drain cleaners, which can damage your lines in the long run, and can be useful for clogs that are too stubborn for the plunger.
Drain snakes come in a variety of sizes and shapes. So, as always, do your research and make sure you’re the right size for the job. If in doubt, we recommend buying inexpensive disposable snakes online, unclogging as best you can, and calling a plumber for help.
When to call a plumber
If you have the plumbing tools discussed above and still can’t get to grips with your plumbing problem, the team at Plumbing Dynamics can help.
We are Licensed Plumbers who have seen it all and can fix most plumbing problems, from standard clogs to full blown emergencies.
Do you need a repair of your sanitary installation at a reasonable price? Contact us today to arrange your consultation appointment.
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