In order to deal with some basic household plumbing issues, you need a few plumbing tools close at hand. Here is a list of tools you should stock up on to solve the most basic problems with the plumbing in your New Jersey home.
Plungers can help you to solve clogged toilets and blocked drains. Did you know that there are two common types of plungers and that each serves a different role? A cup plunger fits over the drain in a shower stall, bathtub, or basin, whereas a flange plunger is shaped to fit into a toilet bowl and cover the hole. Ensure you own both types, so you are prepared to deal with any kind of clog.
Plumbers use a tool called an auger to reach down into drains and hook or dislodge the object that is causing the clog. A plumber’s auger has a crank handle that you can turn to grab the object and pull it away. Augers are sometimes referred to as drain snakes.
Plumber’s tape, also known as thread seal tape or PTFE tape, is useful for sealing up small leaks until you can carry out a permanent repair. Make sure you always have some in stock at home to deal with plumbing emergencies.
Hopefully, you will never need to use a pipe wrench, but they can be invaluable if you need to adjust a section of pipe. This type of wrench has adjustable jaws that allow you to grab pipes of all sizes. A tip to avoid leaving teeth marks on your pipe when using a pipe wrench is to wrap the pipe in duct tape before you grab it.
For more delicate jobs involving fitting or adjusting faucets, the ideal tool is a faucet valve wrench. Use this to replace washers in your faucets to stop them from dripping.
Plumbing problems can cause dirty water or even sewage to spill over your bathroom floor. Rubber gloves can keep you out of contact with this mess. Choose heavy-duty gloves for added protection against scraping your hands on sharp objects.
Are you facing a plumbing situation that your household tools cannot deal with? Get in touch with Hutchinson today. When you need a plumber in Gloucester or a surrounding area, you can count on us to show up with the right tools for the job!