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Essential Plumbing Tools to Keep Around the House

Essential Plumbing Tools to Keep Around the House

There are a few tools that every household needs on hand, and they include things like safety equipment (fire extinguishers, for instance), necessary tools (glue, hammer, and nails, for example), and plumbing equipment, (such as a plunger).

But there are also a few other items (pipe wrench and a caulking gun, namely) that you should also have available in your house, even if you aren't as familiar with them as you are with the plunger or the hammer. And the reason it’s so important to have these items around is that you can use them to fix minor problems that could become major repairs if you don’t address them right away.

Clogged Drains and Toilets

Clogs in the shower, sinks, tubs, and toilets may be one of the most common household problems that people face because there are so many things that can cause a blockage. Too much paper waste, for instance, can quickly clog a toilet. And food can quickly stop up a kitchen sink as fast as hair can block a shower drain. But with a good plunger, you can efficiently and immediately deal with clogs and remove blockages now, so that you don’t have to deal with overflowing sinks and water damage later.

Tip: There are two types of plunger that every house should have: a flange plunger for the toilet, and a cup plunger for everything else. The smaller size and extra rubber lip on the flange plunger aren't necessary for sinks, tubs, and showers, but they are extremely helpful for toilets.

Air Leaks and Drafts

When it comes to air leaks in and around your house—such as around doors and windows—it’s important to call them what they are: money holes. The amount of money you spend heating and cooling your home accounts for the largest portion of your energy bill, so when that climate controlled air just seeps through a crack in the wall, you're paying for heat and cold air that isn't even staying in your house. When you own a caulking gun, you can quickly and easily seal leaks in and around doors, windows, plumbing, and electrical wiring, and this can help keep your home sealed from leaks anddrafts that could cost you thousands of dollars over the course of several years.

Loose and Leaky Pipes

There are a few reasons why you need a pipe wrench around the house, and they include fixing leaks, tightening pipes, and loosening pipes when you lose something important down the drain. Pipe wrenches are designed to clamp and apply pressure to pipe fittings without damaging them, meaning you can easily tighten and loosen them when you have to replace a pipe, fix a leak, manually remove a stubborn clog, or retrieve something from the P-trap.

Tip: Pipe wrenches come in a variety of styles and sizes, but your best bet for an all-purpose wrench is a straight pipe wrench in a medium size.

Being handy and fixing things around the house may be either a source of pride or a cause of anxiety for you, but with the right tools and a bit of knowledge, you can address many of the common plumbing issues that most people face in their homes at some time or another.

But if you don’t feel comfortable tackling these matters, or need help with more major repairs or maintenance, don’t hesitate to call in the experts from 24-7 Plumbing and Drain in Temecula & Murrieta, CA. You can reach us anytime, day or night, at (951) 338-9844.


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