Plumbing Tools Every Homeowner Should Keep Handy

Tritan Plumbing is standing by, ready to help with all of your home’s plumbing service needs. Of course, we also expect that some of the smaller, simpler projects that come up, you’re going to want to take on without our assistance and do it yourself. And, we want to help in these instances too by giving you a basic list of plumbing tools every homeowner should keep on-hand. So, if you’re thinking about taking on a small project, or would just like to be prepared for the next clog or leak that might pop up, here’s what you’ll need in order to be ready:

Basic Tools Every Home Should Have

  • Tape Measure
  • Hammer
  • Flashlight
  • Flat Head Screwdriver
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Level
  • Utility Knife

Basic Plumbing Tools to Fight Clogs

  • Plunger – This is a must have and the first thing you should reach for should you run into a clog emergency.
  • Hand Auger – Otherwise known as a plumber’s snake, you’ll want to try to use the auger to clear your drain of a clog after you use the plunger.
  • Closet Augur – This is a handy tool to have around. It’s a long steel cable that’s specifically designed to defeat a toilet clog.

Advanced Plumbing Tools for the Do-It-Yourselfer

While the above-mentioned tools are what every home should have in case of minor plumbing mishaps, for those considering tackling slightly more serious plumbing projects, these are the tools we recommend you have around:

  • Basin Wrench – These are specifically designed to get into those small spaces behind your sink.
  • Adjustable Wrench – You’ll want this to use on plumbing parts with hex-shaped nuts.
  • Tongue and Groove Pliers – These tools are also known as Channellocks.
  • Two Pipe Wrenches – You’ll want one wrench for turning and the other for gripping. These are best used on those pipes that are hard to loosen.
  • Hacksaw – A very versatile and inexpensive tool, the hacksaw can be used to cut through everything from plastic and metal pipe to hardware and screws.
  • Tubing Cutter – This is the easiest way to cut through copper pipe.
  • Propane Torch – This is used for manipulating copper pipe.

Now, before you consider taking on any plumbing work on your own, do remember that you will need to abide by the plumbing codes that may be in place for your building or area of residence. These must be followed at all times during any sort of renovation or construction project to your home plumbing system, no matter how big or small. So, if you’re planning to do more than your simple plumbing maintenance like unclogging a toilet or tightening a screw, check all code requirements, first. You don’t want to get into a DIY plumbing repair only to find out that your work isn’t up to code and all of the work that you’ve invested your time and money into has to be redone.

If you have any questions, concerns or plumbing needs, don’t hesitate to call us. Our team is available to service your needs, no matter what plumbing issues come your way.


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