Whether it’s a small fix or a complete plumbing disaster, it’s important to be prepared and have everything you need when needed. Every building and household should have a plumbing tool kit ready to go and at their side, and we’ve put together a list of all items that you should have to ensure you’re prepared to take on any plumbing problems that may arise; no matter how big or small.
The plunger isn’t called the plumber’s best friend for nothing. One of the most commonly used and needed plumbing tools that every household should have equip and ready to go when needed, is a plunger. For only $5-$10, this handy tool is an easy, quick fix to the typical clogged toilet, and can usually fix a clog in as little as less than 1 minute. Aside from toilet clogs, plungers can also come in handy when unclogging sinks, tubs, showers and floor drains.
Also known as the water closet or closet auger, this 3 ft. long steel cable is designed specifically for toilets and has a crank, handle and flexible shaft tipped with an auger bit that grinds through, breaks, and grabs stubborn clogs.
Often referred to as a plumber’s snake, this drain-clearing tool is a 25 ft. long, hand-cranked flexible steel cable effective at clearing obstructions from drain lines, sinks, toilets, tubs and showers. If there ever comes a time where the plunger fails to clear a clog, a hand auger will definitely come in hand to help you get the job done!
Tongue-and-Groove Pliers, AKA Channel Locks or Water Pump Pliers
Tongue-and-groove pliers are the first tool plumbers go to when they need to turn, grab, hold, twist or loosen something such as nuts, bolts, fittings, frozen parts and more. Make sure to have two sizes on hand, 10-inch and 12-inch.
The hacksaw is your go-to saw to cut through just about anything, such as – metal pipe, screws, nuts and bolts, plastic pipe, and hardware. Be sure to keep blades tight in the frame and also always have extra blades on hand and stocked in your plumbing tool kit.
The pipe wrench is the most used tool during plumbing installations and repairs, delivering a strong grip and leverage that allows plumbers to loosen and/or tighten fixtures, joints, pipes, and other plumbing parts. Be sure your pipe wrench is adjustable so that the serrated mouth on the tool gets a good, tight grip on pipes, and also make sure you have two on hand – one for gripping and holding, and the other for turning. It’s also recommended that you have two sizes, a 6-inch and a 10-inch.
Be sure to have a propane torch on hand if you’re going to sweat copper pipe and fittings. A self-igniting torch head lights at the squeeze of a trigger, and you’ll definitely find it much more convenient than having to use matches or a striker.
A basin wrench is a must-have in any household, as it’s essential for tightening and loosening nuts and bolts holding sink faucets in place. It’s long shaft accompanied by its swiveling jaw can reach up into deep, narrow spaces behind a sink to lock onto the nuts.
A very important, go-to tool whenever fixing, repairing or installing copper pipes, a tubing cutter is essential for a quick, clean way to cut copper pipe. Be sure to have both a standard-size tubing cutter and a close-quarter mini cutter for working in tight spaces.
Having a good metal file on hand will help to remove burrs and smooth edges after cutting metal pipes. It’s recommended to have both half-round and rat-tail files on hand.
Also referred to as Teflon tape, plumbers tape is always a good tool to have on hand, as a roll consists of a thin, flexible white tape that can be used to securely seal pipe threads. It prevents leaks and seals the air and gas from seeping out of pipes, and is great for use on faucet supply lines and shower heads, for example.
A very handy and great took to always have in your household, plumbers putty is often used to create water-resistant seals on un-pressured joints such as sink drains.
Having a caulk gun around the house can be beneficial for many reasons, such as repairing seams in showers, sealing seams around the edges of bathtubs and sinks, or installing ceramic sinks, for example. The metal frame and trigger of a caulk gun holds and applies the caulk to seal seams.
Having a good flashlight (as well as a pack of batteries in hand) in your tool kit is essential and great for seeing in dark, tight and tough to see places when trying to figure out what is causing plumbing problems, as well as fixing and repairing them.
Buckets and Old Towels or Cloths
Be sure to have at least one large bucket, as well as plenty of old towels and/or cloths for use during any leaks. The last thing you want is a flooded room or floor in your house from a leak, and an even bigger mess to clean up. Having a large bucket to help catch and contain all leaking liquids, as well as plenty of old towels and cloths for cleaning and wiping up after leaks, can save you a ton of time, as well as further potential water damages during a leak.
Lastly, be sure to always have a good and working phone on hand when you have a plumbing emergency or problem that you aren’t able to fix on your own! A reliable phone is the most important tool you can have and count on to get in touch with the professionals when you have a plumbing emergency.
If you’re experiencing a plumbing emergency or have a plumbing problem you are unable to fix yourself, call or text Professional Plumbing at 843-499-0174 and our team of plumbing experts will come out and fix it for you. We provide free DIY plumbing advice, as well as 24/7 emergency services, so if you’re unsure about a plumbing issue, call us today!