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8 Plumbing Tools Every Homeowner Should Have

There are a few minor plumbing issues that most homeowners can fix on their own — if they have the following plumbing tools:

  1. Plunger

A plunger is a must-have for every homeowner. Rather than calling in the plumber as soon as the toilet gets clogged, try using a plunger.

Consider purchasing a plunger with a gasket, also called a beehive plunger, that fits inside the toilet. The gasket creates a stronger seal, helping create more suction to dislodge obstructions within the toilet. 

For sink clogs, a beehive plunger is a better option. It’s smaller but specifically created to dislodge clogs in sink and bathtub drains.

  1. Toilet auger

A toilet auger, also known as a snake, forces debris down the drain and into the sewer line. It’s a great tool to have when the plunger fails.

  1. Caulking gun

A caulking gun is used to seal cracks in the shower, window seals, and other areas around the home. Be sure to also buy a backup supply of caulking.

  1. Basin wrench

A basin wrench can be used to make repairs in hard-to-reach and confined areas, such as under the sink. This type of wrench is made in various sizes and can be adjusted.

  1. Duct tape

Duct tape is highly durable, sticky, and water-resistant, making it an important tool for addressing plumbing issues. Be sure to have a few rolls on hand in case of an emergency.

  1. Pipe wrench

A pipe wrench is adjustable, able to lock into place, and works well with rounded surfaces. This is a critical tool every homeowner should have in their plumbing toolbox.

  1. Plumber’s putty

Plumber’s putty is used to prevent leaks around seals. It’s used around faucets, drains, and joints around the home. Keep a container of plumber’s putty on hand to stop leaks from joints that aren’t under pressure.

  1. Needle nose pliers

Needle nose pliers are used to work with very small objects in tight places and are a must have for all homeowners.

Though not all plumbing issues can be done DIY, with these tools, homeowners will be prepared to tackle basic challenges around the home.