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A man's legs in jeans next to a toolbox on a kitchen floor, implying that he is working on the sink.Tools are necessary objects to have around the house when something goes awry and does not work quite right. Whether the problem is in the kitchen, the bathroom, or anywhere else, the plumbing can occasionally cause issues, and specific tools will help you solve specific problems. Sometimes a hammer and a screwdriver just are not enough; which tools are the most handy to have in any plumbing situation? Are they even needed? Plumbing can become a very fickle system simply due to regular use; do not panic when issues occur, but prepare yourself with the following tools for your plumbing toolbox.

1.) Tongue-and-Groove pliers


Pliers are a great tool to grip, tighten, loosen, twist, pull, push, or hold something. Serving as an extra hand that can keep things in place, these pliers are great for tightening and loosening your plumbing system as needed, such as during a leak.

2.) Hacksaw

Hacksaws can cut through pipe, which means that it can cut through your plumbing system when you need to get inside. Extra blades are a good idea to keep handy in case of a break.

3.) Metal file

The metal file is great for use after the hacksaw. The metal file can smooth the edges after the cutting away of metal. Some metail files are flat and others are round; get a variety to ensure thorough preparation.

4.) Pipe wrench

 You will need two of these for your plumbing toolbox: one to tighten and loosen the threaded pipes, fittings, and nuts, and the other for gripping and holding. If you feel that the grip of the pipe wrench will damage the metal of your pipes in some way, place a cloth in between the wrench and the metal and the pipe should experience little to no scratching.

5.) Basin wrench

Basin wrenches loosen nuts that hold together faucets. Its shape, swiveling jaw, and a unique design allow for the basin wrench to become a valuable asset to any homeowner’s arsenal.

6.) Plunger

This basic tool helps with clogs that are anywhere involving plumbing. Whether the clog is in the kitchen sink, the bathroom sink, the toilet, or the shower, the plunger can fix it. It works with sealed edges to create a suction designed to pull clogs out like a vacuum. There are two types of plungers: the flange plunger for the toilet, and the cup plunger for sinks and tubs.

7.) Sink auger

 Sink augers use a turning motion to unclog drains. Not for use on toilets, it is great for sinks and tubs. For use with toilets, you can get a toilet auger, which can also be called a closet auger.

8.) Teflon tape

Teflon tape is used for pipe threads, to join connections together and to stop leaks. It can also be used to seal from air and gas. Its strength makes it the duct tape of plumbing.

9.) Copper tubing cutter

If any of your plumbing is made of copper, then this is the tool you must need. The copper tubing cutter ensures that cuts are made smoothly with angled ends and fitted joints.

10.) Faucet packing and washers

 Make sure you know the exact models of the parts your plumbing uses. These are easy to remove and find in any hardware store. It is always a good idea to keep extra faucet packing and washers available, since they create the seal around the faucet stem.

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When you arm yourself with the right tools, any household problem can be easily fixed. With the right tool, you can fix whatever happens to your plumbing system. If you are ever in doubt, do not hesitate to call a professional. Our plumbing experts here at Express Sewer are willing to tackle any job that is needed and are prepared and knowledgeable. For any and all of your plumbing system needs or questions, contact us today for a free quote. With immediate and professional service, you can trust us with your system. 

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Topics: Trenchless Technology, Plumbing Tips, Inspection, How To, Preventative