3 Plumbing Tools Every Homeowner Needs

Posted on: 29 April 2019

As a new homeowner, you are likely learning the ins and outs of maintaining your abode. While most people have no issues with swinging a hammer or twisting a screwdriver, plumbing issues are often seen as complicated and overwhelming. While it's true that some plumbing issues require a plumber, there are many day-to-day problems that you can quickly handle on your own with the right tools and knowledge. The following are three tools every homeowner should own and be familiar with.

1. Plunger

There are two types of plungers you need in your home. The flange plunger has a rubber tube that protrudes from the plunger cup. You can fit this tube into the drain inside the toilet bowl, which provides a better seal on the curved surface of the bowl as you plunge. A cup plunger is the standard plunger most people think of when they hear the term "plunger." This type of plunger is best for sink or floor drains, because it can seal well against a flat surface.

2. Auger and Snake

The terms auger and snakes are often used interchangeably, but it's important to know that the auger is for the toilet and the snake is for sink drains. When you have a clog that a plunger just won't dislodge, you can often depend on these tools for relief. You simply place the working end down the drain in question and turn the handle slowly. You don't want to force the handle, as an auger or snake can punch through a pipe if forced. If you hit an obstruction, back up and try the plunger again before trying to snake out the drain a second time. If the obstruction still won't move, then you know it's time to call in a plumber for more help.

3. Pipe Wrench

When it comes to sink drains, most clogs happen in the trap. You can quickly spot the trap by looking at the pipes under the sink. The curved one that resembles a "P" or "J" on its side is the trap. When the drain is clogged or moving slowly, place a bucket beneath the trap and use the adjustable pipe wrench to loosen the joints so you can remove this section of pipe. Often, you will find it clogged with food, hair, or general scum. Wipe out the gunk and rinse it clean (in a different, fully assembled sink!) before replacing it. Don't remove the bucket just yet, though. First, run the tap to make sure the drain is working properly and there are no leaks from the trap connections. If there is a leak, you may need to tighten the connections a bit more.

In addition to these tools, you should also keep the phone number of a residential plumbing service on hand. They can solve your plumbing woes when the job is too big or outside of your knowledge base. For more information, contact a company like Ongaro And Sons.

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