Plumbing problems can be the bane of any homeowner’s existence, but having a simple tool on hand when you need it can make all the difference. At Meticulous Plumbing, we do all we can to make sure you’re informed of the latest plumbing innovations and industry developments. However, sometimes a simple household tool is all it takes to fix frustrating plumbing issues.
Review the following list to see if you have every tool it takes to manage small to medium plumbing issues:
The cup-shaped plunger is the most common version and usually comes with a wooden handle. These are excellent for clearing clogged sinks, tubs, and showers. For toilets, however, it’s best to use a flange or ball plunger. The unique shape seals off the hole in the bottom of your toilet, thereby creating vacuum-like suction that clears your pipes.
Also called a closet auger, this tool uses a hand crank on a three-foot flexible shaft. The end is fitted with a small auger bit that breaks through clogs and removes large obstructions, including diapers and reusable rags.
For sink and tub clogs, you need an auger with a flexible cable. This is one of the most valuable home plumbing tools. It features a strong steel auger and a drum or canister in which to house and rotate the cable.
When you find a leak coming from your showerhead or a pipe joint, wrap the threading with a layer of Teflon tape. It’s inexpensive, durable, and an easy way to create a lasting seal.
Adjustable Pipe Wrench
Your plumbing system is a network of pipes, so it makes sense to have a wrench designed to grip round surfaces. This tool is easy to use because it provides a considerable amount of leverage. The serrated teeth do leave marks, however, so be sure to wrap up any pipes that you don’t want scratched.
This tool is used for cutting copper pipe on which you want smooth ends and fitted joints. A tubing cutter wraps around the pipe and steadily increases in pressure at it rotates.
Faucet Valve Seat Wrench and Reseater
Many homes are outfitted with compression faucets that operate by compressing a valve seat against a washer to regulate the amount of water that is allowed to flow through. When these components wear out, they usually cause leaks. A valve seat wrench is designed to remove and replace the inner valve seat. On the other hand, a faucet valve reseating tool simply repositions or resurface the valve seat if you’re unable to remove and replace it. When repairing compression faucets, you’ll also need washer faucet stem packing, as well as some rubber or nylon washers.
You don’t have to be a plumbing expert to tackle a simple clogs and leaks. For further questions, call Meticulous Plumbing! We’re happy to help in whatever way we can.