A DIY enthusiast wants all the “must-have” DIY plumbing tools for unscheduled plumbing emergencies. Plumbing problems come in all shapes and sizes. Homeowners can fix several issues with the proper tools and a basic understanding of plumbing procedures. A person should know their DIY limits and when to call in a licensed professional plumber. Take inventory of your tools with this guide to confirm you have all the necessary tools handy.
To Own Or Rent Tools
Tackling home improvement projects can be daunting, especially regarding plumbing. You need to know your skill set when you’re dealing with water. A big mistake can cost a lot of money and frustration for everyone living in the home. You can use many of these versatile tools you may have on hand for numerous projects. Renting specialty tools at your local hardware store or a big box store can save you money.
Plumbing Drain Cleaning Tools
- A plunger might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s a valuable workhorse for clogged bathroom and kitchen sinks. If you’re having toilet trouble, this may be the only tool you need.
- A hand auger is a lengthy, pliable metal wire with a corkscrew-type auger on the end for clearing drains.
- A plumber’s snake is a limber, slender auger that unblocks tenacious clogs.
- Plumbing inspection cameras are used primarily on sewer lines. The plumber can see exactly where and what the problem is obstructing the water flow in a specific pipe.
- Hydro jetting machinery has hose attachments that blast water through drain and sewer lines to clear the blockage. This is a tool best left to a licensed plumber. Exceeding pressure limits can cause damage to pipes.
Tools For Plumbing Pipe Work
- A hacksaw can cut through pipes, bolts, nuts, and screws, to name a few. Keep a replacement blade in your toolbox too.
- Tubing cutters come in different sizes to cut through various sizes of plastic tubing.
- A plumber uses mole grips to securely hold metal parts, while a plumber’s torch seals copper piping during soldering.
- Plumbers use a handheld torch for precision welding to install new pipes or replacements.
- Hole saws can cut precise round holes in numerous types of materials.
- Pliers should be in your toolbox regardless. They can easily loosen bolts and nuts when a wrench isn’t doing the job.
- Instead of fabricating a fitting, tube and pipe benders bend a pipe.
- You use a plumber’s tape to thread sealing tape to prevent or patch leaks in pipes.
- A technician uses a ratcheting pipe threader to cut threads into pipes so they fit together when joined.
Commonly Owned DIY Plumbing Tools
- A flashlight is a necessity since lots of plumbing is in dark places.
- Pipe wrenches loosen and tighten fittings and nuts on pipes. A plumber will use two together, one holding a pipe steadfast while the other loosens the other pipe.
- A five-gallon bucket is your friend. There will always be some water, even if you drain the pipes. A few towels are a good idea too.
- Plumbing technicians use basin wrenches for confined spaces. A torque wrench uses a specific torque for a bolt or nut. An internal pipe wrench removes rusted fittings on galvanized pipes.
- Repairpersons use an X-shaped faucet key to open and close sill clocks and spigots.
Basic Plumbing Safety Tools
- Plumbers always have heat shields or pads to protect themselves and their surroundings. Fire or heat damage risk is serious, and preparedness is essential.
- Heat-resistant gloves are thicker, have a firmer grip, and protect against hazardous materials coming in contact with the skin.
- Goggles are essential to protect your eyes from hazardous materials.
Many DIY people are well equipped to handle some plumbing repairs that come with homeownership. Knowing your comfort level is essential before diving into a plumbing problem. When in doubt, call Abend Services, and we’ll be out promptly to keep your plumbing flowing freely.