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Handy Plumbing Tools to Keep on Hand

Everyone should have a basic knowledge of their home’s plumbing system, and if you are moving into a new place, there are several handy plumbing tools that you should have on hand to make the job a little easier. 

Heavy Duty Rubber Gloves

One of the main reasons people aren’t most familiar with their plumbing is the fact that, understandably, they don’t want to get dirty! Household plumbing is a dirty job, but you have to perform basic maintenance to maintain your home responsibly. Not only will rubber gloves keep you protected from dirt and grime from your pipes, but they can prevent you from cuts and scrapes from rubbing up on sharp objects in the vicinity. 

Tape Measure

At home, plumbing projects will have you measuring everything from pipes to wood to ensure the exact dimensions of your repair. An accurate measuring tool will save you money in the long run since proper measurements will avoid costly mistakes like getting the incorrect size of materials. 

Plungers

The plunger is the most essential plumbing tool in the house, but did you know there are different kinds? There are several designs for plungers, and they are handy plumbing tools to have around due to their specific uses. 

Cup Plunger

The classic red cup plunger is what most households have next to their toilets, but this plunger is designed to lay on flat surfaces in order to create a vacuum that dislodges a clog. You can use cup plungers in bathroom sinks, tubs, or any other flat drain. 

Flange

Similar to the cup plunger, this device usually has a black rubber piece that looks a little like a mushroom. This extension allows the flange to fit into toilet drains and form the airtight seal needed to clear a clog. 

Accordion

The accordion-like folds in this plunger allow more pressure to build with minimal effort, making it one of the most efficient for unclogging toilets. These are often made of hard plastic, so make sure to grab one that will not scratch the toilet bowl. 

Mini

Mini plungers are handy plumbing tools for getting rid of clogs while taking up less space than the average plunger. Most are sold as handheld versions of accordion designs and are a favorite of professional plumbers, who prefer them due to their portability and efficiency. 

It’s recommended there be multiple plungers in your home, but at least one for toilets and one dedicated to sinks, both to ensure you’re using the right one and to prevent cross-contamination. You don’t want toilet germs in your sink. Remember to always submerge a plunger entirely in the basin you wish to unclog for the seal to form.

Wrench

Wrenches are another staple in any plumbing toolkit. However, since there is no all-in-one wrench tool, it’s essential to have different wrenches handy for various jobs.

  • Pipe Wrench– This is usually the biggest wrench in the toolbox. This hefty tool has sharp teeth capable of latching onto pipe fittings and gripping tight to ensure easy loosening or tightening. 
  • Basin Wrench– This tool has a long t-shape to loosen or tighten hard-to-reach faucets. The clamp at the end allows for solid gripping on a faucet nut, and the long handle allows the plumber to extend their reach so they can have enough room to twist it around.  
  • Adjustable Wrench– An adjustable wrench is a versatile tool with an adaptable jaw capable of tightening on any size bolt. The 6- and 10-inch models are the most common in professional kits.
  • Strap Wrench– This less-conventional tool uses rubber straps to tighten fixings without risk of damaging pipe finish. 

Thread Seal Tape

Thread seal tape, or plumbers tape, helps create watertight sealed grips on devices that do not have rubber seals, often on threaded pipe joints. Threaded pipe joints are found on metal connections that resemble a screw, like showerheads and tub spouts. The tape gives the metal pieces a better grip on each other and smoothes assembly and disassembly. 

Plumber’s Putty

This soft, flexible sealing putty gets used to form quick seals around faucets, drains, and other common leak areas. Many plumbers prefer putty since it is an inexpensive, nonpermanent sealing option while still effective at stopping water. It is easy to work with and has no dry time, so many prefer it over caulk. The porous texture allows for tight seals that can stop leaks in a jam if other materials are not available, and the putty can get removed easily when a more permanent fix gets made. 

Need a Pro? Call Goodbee Plumbing

While it’s always a good idea to have plumbing tools handy, if you’re experiencing a plumbing emergency or need frequent repairs of the same type, the job is best left up to the pros. The highly trained service people at Goodbee Plumbing are available to perform a catalog of plumbing services, including inspections and repairs. 

We have over 25 years of experience helping the Gulf South with every plumbing issue under the sun. We are happy to provide you with honest service and professional recommendations on keeping your plumbing in good shape. No matter what handy plumbing tools are in your toolbox, most plumbing issues will need the skill and finesse of an expert, so call and schedule your service today. 

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