Some people may not realize it, but being able to fix simple household water leaks can save homeowners about ten percent on their water bills. Whether you’re a new homeowner, or you have owned a home for some time, you are bound to face a myriad of plumbing and sewage issues. Some of these problems are ones that you can easily solve yourself if you have the right tools to do so. So, with that said, let’s take a look at a few plumbing tools that every homeowner should have in their possession.
Now, this one might seem a bit obvious, but, rest assured, a plunger is one of the most essential plumbing tools for every homeowner. They are useful for when you have a clogged toilet and even if you have a clogged shower drain. It is a very inexpensive tool that can help you get out of a lot of minor plumbing problems.
Have you noticed that your sink or shower isn’t draining properly? This is a common problem that can be fixed with a drain snake. Also known as a plumber’s snake, this is a flexible auger you can use to dislodge clogs in plumbing. It is another simple but effective tool that will assist you in clearing debris such as hair and product buildup, all without causing further damage to your pipes.
Another essential tool to have in your home plumbing toolkit is an adjustable wrench. There are two types of wrenches that are especially useful when you are dealing with common plumbing: a pipe wrench and a basin wrench. A pipe wrench is a heavy-duty wrench that is great for gripping and turning pipes. Their adjustable jaws make it easy to use by gripping one way and then sliding in the other. A basin wrench includes a long handle with jaws at the end. These are used to tighten and/or remove the faucet and fill valve lock nuts. If you are in any plumbing pinch, this can be a very useful tool.
Thread Seal Tape
Thread seal tape, also known as plumber’s tape is great for sealing pipe threads or any other plumbing leak necessities. For example, if you have a leaky pipe, you might want to consider using thread seal tape to fix that leak temporarily to avoid any further water damage. Now, in some cases, the tape might be enough to solve the problem altogether. Household leaks not only cause damage, but they also increase the utility bill and leads to water waste. Therefore, having thread seal tape in your toolkit is a great way to combat this problem as soon as it hits the surface.
These are just a few of the necessary tools a homeowner should consider having in their plumbing toolbox. If you have any further questions or would like some assistance in how to perform certain DIY plumbing solutions, be sure to call A&L Cesspool at (718) 729-3018 today!