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Top 10 Plumbing Tools Every Homeowner Should Have

Whether it’s unclogging a drain or tightening a leaky faucet, some minor plumbing repairs can be DIY projects. To make these tasks easier, we’ve compiled a top 10 list of essential plumbing tools every homeowner should have, plus a bonus tool for those extra stubborn problems.
common plumbing tools that plumbers use and homeowners should own
  1. Plunger (Cup and Flange Types):
    – Cup Plunger: Ideal for sinks, bathtubs, and showers, the cup plunger forms a seal over flat surfaces to effectively clear clogs.
    – Flange Plunger: Specifically designed for toilets, its flanged bottom creates a strong seal in the curved toilet bowl, making it more effective than a cup plunger for toilet clogs
  2. Pipe Wrench:  A must-have for gripping and turning pipes, nuts, and fittings. It’s beneficial to have two sizes: a larger one for holding the pipe and a smaller one for turning. The serrated jaws provide a firm grip, making it easier to work on slippery metal pipes.
  3. Basin Wrench:  This tool is invaluable for reaching the tight spaces under sinks to tighten or loosen the nuts securing faucets. Its long shaft and pivoting head can reach areas that are otherwise inaccessible with standard wrenches.
  4. Adjustable Wrench:  Essential for working with hex-shaped nuts and fittings commonly found in plumbing systems. Having a set of different sizes ensures you’re prepared for various tasks, from adjusting small valves to working on larger pipes.
  5. Plumber’s Tape (Teflon Tape):  Used to seal pipe threads to prevent leaks. This tape is wrapped around the threads before screwing the parts together, creating a tighter and more leak-proof connection.
  6. Plumber’s Putty:  Ideal for creating waterproof seals around faucets and drains. This malleable material is used where a watertight seal is needed to prevent leaks.
  7. Toilet Auger (Closet Auger):  A specialized tool for dealing with tough toilet clogs. Its long, flexible shaft and curved end make it more effective than a regular plunger for reaching deep clogs in the toilet.
  8. Hand Auger (Drain Snake):  Perfect for clearing clogs in sinks, bathtubs, and showers. The flexible cable can navigate through pipes, breaking up or retrieving obstructions.
  9. Tubing Cutter:  Replacing the Pipe Cutter with a Tubing Cutter, which is more versatile for cutting through copper, brass, aluminum, and plastic tubing, providing a clean, straight cut.
  10. Water Pump Pliers (Channel Locks):  Replacing the Pipe and Tubing Cutter, these pliers are adjustable and have serrated jaws, ideal for gripping, twisting, and turning pipes and fittings of various sizes.
  11. Bonus – Faucet Key:  A handy tool for opening and closing sillcocks and spigots. This tool is particularly useful for outdoor faucets and hose bibs.

Having these plumbing tools in your home can empower you to tackle minor plumbing tasks. However, when it comes to more complex jobs, remember to call a professional plumbing service like Rapid Response Plumbing. Our team has the expertise and the right tools to handle any plumbing job, big or small.

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