Homeowners need to know how to spot leaks in various parts of the house and have a remedy for them. While it’s best to leave major repairs and pipe replacement jobs in the hands of experts such as Action Plumbing, you can deal with smaller tasks at home with a few basic tools and basic instinct.
Besides plumbing work, these tools will also come in handy for other types of repairs. Here’s what you should have in your home toolbox:
More commonly known as Teflon tape, this tool is for sealing threaded pipes, such as shower heads or faucet supply lines. If there’s a small leak in the faucet or when the hose of your washing machine springs a leak, you can easily wrap this tape around them to stop water from gushing out.
Take note, though, that the effects of the Teflon tape are only temporary. You should still get leaking pipes fixed, and faucets replaced sooner rather than later.
Plumber’s Putty and Liquid Clog Remover
A plumber’s putty is commonly used to “water-proof” joints, such as sink drains and elbow pipes. It’s not meant to stop leaks. It can only ensure that joints stay together.
At the same time, having a liquid clog remover is also handy for various purposes. It can unclog bathroom drains, the sink, and other places where water isn’t flowing or draining.
No home plumbing kit will be complete without a plunger. This basic tool is indispensable in any home and does wonders in dislodging clogs in sinks, toilets, floor drains and shower areas. It is also easy to use and works fast.
Remember to press down and create a seal around the drain and then pull upward — not push down. This tool works by creating a vacuum and sucking the clog out, not pushing it deeper.
Those were a few tools that every household must have for basic plumbing tasks. They are only for “first aid” and stop-gap remedies, professionals must always do the serious work.