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There are a good many plumbing jobs that should be left to the professionals, but there are also some you can have a go at yourself without risking lasting damage or flooding your home. But what tools do you need to get the job done? These are the essential plumbing tools every self-respecting homeowner should have.
While you might not choose to spend your time with your head down the toilet, getting to grips with a blockage is something every homeowner should be able to do. A toilet plunger can create the hydraulic pressure required to dislodge most clogs from a toilet, sink or shower. It may not always work for more stubborn blockages, but it should always be your first port of call.
Ordinary tape will not do. Plumber’s tape, also known as PTFE tape, is an essential plumbing tool for any toolkit. Not only does plumber’s tape attach fixtures together tightly, but it also creates a waterproof seal so no water can escape through imperfections at threaded plumbing connections.
Frozen pipes are a nightmare for many a homeowner. Although very cheap, some well-placed pipe insulation can help you avoid a potentially catastrophic plumbing disaster. If temperatures are expected to drop below 0oC and you’re leaving a home vacant for a length of time, pipe insulation can make sure your pipes don’t freeze over.
With tiny tips and a strong grip, this is a simple tool every discerning DIYer should have close to hand. Needle-nose pliers make it easy to get a good grip on the smallest parts in the tightest spaces. We recommend a pair of pliers with gripping grooves on the tips for the best results.
While a plunger will be enough to remove most blockages you’ll encounter, a sink or drain auger, also known as a plumber’s snake, will be able to break up clogs that cannot be easily loosened. It consists of a flexible stainless steel cable that can be extended to reach the clog and clear it.
Locking pliers are another staple among plumbers’ tools. They do a similar job to the adjustable wrench, but personally we think they are the better choice for turning nuts, bolts and fastenings.
Before you say anything, we’re not suggesting you should clean your nails after a spot of DIY. However, a nail brush can actually serve as a very useful plumbing tool. They can be used to clear away grime, limescale and rust in the tightest of spaces, helping to maintain your fittings and give you a better look at the items you’re working on.
All that twisting and gripping can damage your hands, so it makes sense to equip yourself with a sturdy pair of gloves. Look for work gloves that are well padded on the inside as those with a rough seam can do more harm than good.
If these essential plumbing tools don’t do the trick, make sure you have our number close to hand. DIY plumbing solutions are all well and good but sometimes only a professional will do. We can provide expert and emergency assistance for any plumbing and drainage problems you have, so please get in touch with our team.