Whether you recently purchased a home or are looking for the tools you need to be handy around the house, having the right set of tools can make the difference between a quick fix and a disaster. To avoid plumbing disasters, here are the essential tools homeowners should have to tackle everyday repairs and maintenance.
Plungers are a must-have for homeowners and your first line of defense against clogged drains and toilets. You should keep both a flange plunger and a cup plunger on hand to effectively drain blockages. Flange plungers are used to unclog toilets, and they can be identified by their rubber piece that extends past the rubber cup, known as the flange, and by their longer handles. Cup plungers, ideal for sinks, tubs, and showers, only have a rubber cup and a shorter handle.
An adjustable wrench can be used for all sorts of household plumbing jobs and is likely the tool you picture when you think of a wrench. It works well for adjusting pipes, loosening or tightening nuts, installing plumbing fixtures such as showerheads, and is a good choice for many general repair tasks around the home such as fixing leaks.
A caulk gun is an essential tool for any at-home plumber. A caulk gun allows you to hold and dispense caulk with ease and can be used for sealing gaps around toilets, showers, sinks, tubs, and other fixtures.
The last tool that we think every homeowner should consider having is plumber’s tape, also commonly known as Teflon tape, which can be used to prevent leaks, repair fixtures, and create a watertight seal. When looking for plumber’s tape, you’ll notice a few different colors that correspond to their intended usage. For most plumbing purposes, you’ll want to reach for the white or pink tape.
Knowledge is Power
Whether you’ve lived in your home for years or recently purchased, knowing where and how well your home’s shut offs are working can help avoid major plumbing catastrophes. Main water shut offs, gas shut offs, and fixture shut offs, when working properly, can be shut down to avoid continual damage until our experts arrive to fix the problem.
Adding these five tools to your belt will put any homeowner in a good position to tackle basic plumbing repairs and maintenance. It is important to remember if a plumbing problem persists or is too big of a job, an AP Plumbing professional will be available around the clock to assist you with any of your plumbing needs.