If you’re a homeowner you’ve likely had some plumbing problems arise at one point or another. Blocked drains suck! Dripping faucets will keep you awake at night. What could be worse than a toilet that rises after you’ve flushed? Luckily for you, some plumbing tools will help you keep the tide of plumbing issues at bay.
Let’s have a look at what your DIY home toolbox needs.
You may think you know what the humble plunger is but believe it or not there is more than one kind of plunger.
The first type is called a cup plunger. This plunger has a simple rubber cup that you place over the drain hole of a tub or sink. If you work the plunger up and down over the drain, you can dislodge a blockage by creating a pressure differential.
Toilet plungers are also sometimes referred to as flange plungers as they have a secondary rubber flap or flange. This allows them to adjust and fit the contours of various toilet designs.
Getting enough grip with a regular wrench could prove difficult on a pipe. The pipe wrench was specially designed for this. Pipe wrenches are adjustable to allow for the varying diameters of pipes in the home. With a serrated profile to the jaws, pipe wrenches can grip onto the soft outside metal or plastic of the pipe. If you’re joining pipes or replacing them, a pipe wrench is essential.
These pliers have many names and are also called tongue and groove pliers. Their “secret sauce” lies in the fact that you can adjust the gap between the jaws. This allows you to clamp down on various diameters of nuts and bolts.
Ideally, you should have a set of these as they work very well in tandem. One set of pliers can hold one side still while the other set does the turning. Unlike the pipe wrench, you can apply pressure on the jaws using the lever-action of the handles.
A basin wrench is one of the specialized plumbing tools. There is almost always a tight squeeze under a basin or tub where the faucets are installed.
The unique design of a basin wrench allows you to access the fasteners used to mount faucets. Specialized jaws grip the nut tighter as you turn the wrench. The long handle is perfect for getting up into those tight corners close to the wall where faucets are usually installed. Once the jaws are in place, a twist of the bar at the bottom will apply the necessary torque.
Hacksaws have a tensioned blade and serrated teeth perfect for cutting through pipes. Pipes are often made of soft metals such as copper or even plastic. Hacksaws cut through these with ease. When you need to shorten a pipe or cut a special size to fit, a hacksaw will do the job. Hacksaw blades are replaceable so they’re a great DIY tool to have in the home. The blades alone can be used in areas with little space.
Pro Tip: Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric never recommends using a hacksaw or any other tool if you don’t have the proper training to do so. If you think you need a pipe shortened, but you lack the experience and know-how to do it yourself, call a professional plumber. Sure, it will cost you some money, but it will certainly be a lot cheaper than if you have to replace entire pipe systems due to a shoddy DIY job.
Some blocked drains don’t get cleared with a plunger. Even your granddad’s tried and tested vinegar and baking soda alchemy won’t do the job. Enter the drain auger.
A drain auger consists of a corkscrew tip at the end of a flexible, yet sturdy cable. The cable allows the drain auger to get to blockage through all the twists and turns of the pipes. Once at the blockage, the tip is then screwed into the mass allowing you to pull the blockage out or break it up.
Are you lacking any of these plumbing tools in your home toolbox? With the holidays right around the corner, any of these are a great gift for the handyman or woman in your life! Well, except for the plungers. Perhaps you should just grab one of these the next time you’re at the store and skip the wrapping paper. No one but this guy would get excited about getting a plunger for a present…
Sure, you could buy a lot of plumbing tools for your plumbing woes, or you could get hold of someone with the right know-how. At Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric our plumbers have the expertise to assist. Check out the Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric Facebook page, or give us a call at 1-800-475-1504 to schedule an appointment today!
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