Even if you aren't a handyman or woman, it's still a good idea to keep a few plumbing tools on hand. We recommend that many plumbing repairs and installations be left to professionals. However, some issues are so minuscule, and can be handled without a professional plumber being needed. Knowing how to use these tools when you need it the most could save you time, money, and a more expensive repair in the future.
Our top three useful plumbing tools to keep around the house include:
1. Keep a Plunger in Every Bathroom
Most plumbers will let you in on this little secret. The most helpful plumbing tool is a simple plunger. Keeping one in each bathroom of your house is an inexpensive way to deal with simple clogs in your toilet or drain quickly. There are many varieties of plungers available for purchase, but unlike many other products, the best one is still the original. Often referred to as flange plungers, these tools usually have a wooden handle attached to a red or black rubber cup. The cup creates a perfect seal over the mouth of your toilet or drain that will help dislodge clogs when you push down on the handle.
Many clogs are easily removed with a plunger; it's always recommended to try plunging a clog before calling a professional for expert clog removal. That way, you will save time and money.
2. Learn How to Apply Caulking with a Caulker
Your bathroom tiles are sealed and protected with caulking. This material ensures that no water gets in and creates problems such as mold or rotting in the area. Over time, caulking may dry out and need to be reapplied. Applying caulking is a simple process that almost anyone can do. Only make sure the area is clean and dry, point the Caulker to the area you wish to caulk and pull the trigger. The beautiful thing about applying caulking is that if you mess up, you can just peel off the caulking and try again.
3. Keep a Pipe Wrench Handy
Pipe wrenches are often considered the international symbol for plumbing. They have a serrated mouth that fits over round objects such as pipes. Typically, a pipe wrench is used to open pipes to remove clogs. By learning the basics of the pipe wrench, you could potentially help reduce damage in an emergency situation or help prevent damage while waiting for a repair.
The only thing to be watchful of when using a pipe wrench is to make sure the serrated teeth on the wrench don't scratch or damage the pipes.
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