Useful Plumber Tools To Have On Hand
There are always going to be occasions to give gifts to people in your household and there’s no reason why at least some of them can’t be practical, helpful items. While not all plumbing issues are ones you should try to take care of DIY style, when something happens, it’s important to have the right tools on hand for the project. Here are a few tools that plumbers recommend you have on hand in case of emergency so you can stop the flow of water until the plumber arrives to make the repair happen.
Pliers with slip joints or even water pump pliers have longer handles that can grip things easier. If you’re having trouble getting a fixture to turn on or off or you can’t get your hands behind the fixture to get to the on and off switch, pliers can help you get the job done so you can take your time in calling the plumber for the repair.
Every bathroom, or at least every household, should have a flange plunger to clear occasional toilet clogs. These plungers work better than traditional shapes and they can be very helpful in a pinch. If your toilet clogs on a regular basis, even if you aren’t flushing anything but the proper toilet paper, you’ll want to contact a plumber for help.
There are sink plungers as well, but this rotating drum snake can help you clean out easy clogs from your sink drains. If you aren’t able to clear things out this way, or if the sink just clogs up again a day or two later, it’s best to call a plumber in for the clearing process so you don’t damage the pipes.
O Rings And Rubber Washers
A variety of plumbing items use O rings and rubber washers and you never really know when you might need them. Keeping a variety pack on hand in an easy-to-reach location can help you in a pinch.
Adding To The Tool Chest
When you buy any of these items for someone in your house, you could add them to an already existing tool chest or create a new tool belt to make them stand out that much more. While they might not be the most romantic gifts, pairing them with something more thoughtful, like a dinner on the town or tickets to an upcoming event can make the gift feel practical and exciting all at once. If nothing else, buy them and give them to yourself if you’re the one who will most likely use them anyway.
Get More Plumber/Tool Advice
If you want to know what other tools you should keep in your home, contact your plumber for more advice. You will want to call Pristine Plumbing for any large or even moderate issues you have. But there are a few things you at least attempt on your own (like unclogging the toilet with a plunger) before you make the call.