When you decide to reside in a house for good, having the basic tools for plumbing is an advantage. For simple problems related to clog sinks, dripping faucets, plugged-up toilets, or leaky pipes, there is no need for you to call for a plumber from time to time. When you have the complete tools, you may fix such simple plumbing problems without having to spend a lot.
The top 5 basic tools needed for a plumber are as follows:
1. Sink Auger - Among all other tools needed for a plumber, this serves as the most basic and valuable tool for breaking up and clearing up clogs in sinks and tubs. Consisting of a flexible cable and a steel auger bit at the end, the sink auger will drain the materials clogging your sink as you extend the cable through the sink while turning it. However, do not use this to unclog your toilet. Another tool is used to unclog toilet, which is known as the toilet auger.
2. Flange plunger - Also known as ball plunger, this is another tool used to clear toilet clogs through vacuum application. All you have to do is to push the flange plunger through the toilet until the clogs clear out. The flange plunger comes in various shapes and sizes to fit your toilet bowls and sinks.
3. Teflon Tape - This is the most common material used to prevent or seal a leak on water pipes. During water system installations, plumbers usually wrap the pipe joints or the connecting pipes to avoid water from dripping. However, as time goes by when the threaded connection breaks, you may reseal it using the same material.
4. Plumbing Wrenching tools - These include the adjustable pipe wrench and faucet valve seat wrench, the basic iconic symbols of plumbing repair. The first is basically used to grip pipes. Whenever you need to loosen or tighten some pipes, you do not need to use your bare hands but turn the pipe using the adjustable pipe wrench. The latter is an essential tool used for faucet repairs. Especially if you need to replace your faucet, all you have to do is to remove the faucet body valve seat through the faucet valve seat wrench. The basin wrench and pipe wrench are other types of plumbing wrenches that are used to tighten or loosen threaded pipes, fittings, and nuts.
5. Tubing cutter - This tool is very important especially if you need to cut a copper pipe. Using this tool will allow you to smoothly cut the pipe in order for it to fit well with other joints when threading pipes. Tubing cutter comes in two types, which include the standard-size tubing cutter and the close-quarter mini cutter.