Whether you’re a professional plumber or an amateur attempting to resolve the simpler plumbing issues at home, you know that the right tools make your life easier.
Plumbing, like any discipline, is easiest to do when you have dedicated tools for the job. While it may seem possible to manage on your basic tool kit, the simple truth is that if you don’t have the following underappreciated tools you’ll be calling your emergency plumber for even the simplest of jobs.
The plunger is the simplest and yet often the most effective tool in a plumber’s arsenal. There are different plungers for the sink and the toilet. The aim is to cover the waste opening completely and then, by simply pumping the plunger steadily up and down, you’ll create a vacuum in the pipe.
This causes an imbalance in the pressure inside the pipe, effectively forcing any clog apart and allowing the drain to do its job again. They are simple yet very effective.
A drain auger is another excellent way to remove a clog. You simply feed the auger into the pipe. It is flexible and thin enough to snake around the bends in the tubes until it reaches any clog. The auger is strong enough to push through a clog, using a twisting motion can help. This will then allow it to break up and your facilities will be restored.
If you need to take a joint apart and are using compression joints then thread tape is essential when you put them back together. It’s often overlooked but it works to stop drips and ensure a snug connection. At the same time, it reduces the risk of overtightening and damaging the joint.
If you want to do anything under your sink you’ll note that a standard wrench cannot get to the bolts under a tap. It’s just the way they are shaped and the amount of space you have to work with.
However, the basin wrench is purposefully designed for the situations, making it possible to access and undo all the awkward nuts.
Wrenches & Water Pliers
Alongside the basin wrench, you’ll need standard wrenches and water pliers. These are perfect for putting joints together and taking them apart. Of course, it doesn’t work if you wish to solder the joint. But, if using any compression style joints you’ll be glad you have a decent set of wrenches and pliers to hand.
Naturally, having the right tools helps. But, it doesn’t mean you are suddenly an expert plumber. You need to know your own limits and when it is best to call the professionals. It can be the cheaper option in the long term. All you need to do is get the number of your local plumber today and get them to do an inspection. This will ensure there are no current issues. More importantly, it will set you up as a client, which will help if you ever need them in an emergency.