Useful Plumbing Tools to Keep Around the House
Some homeowners like to fancy themselves DIY masters who can accomplish any task, great or small, without the help of a professional. For others, calling in an expert to deal with a simple problem just isn't in the budget. Others still just love the challenge of tackling problems and the sense of pride that success brings. And to be sure, with the right tools and a little information and guidance, almost anybody can fix these underlying plumbing problems that commonly occur around the house.
Dealing with Clogs
Every house should have a plunger. Any time there's a clog in your bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room, there's a good chance you can fix it with a good plunging.
Using the right process: Plunging requires a few things to work properly, and one of the most important is a good seal. Your plunger can form a seal and create the suction it needs to dislodge clogs without exploding water everywhere, there should be about two inches of water in the basin. (And yes, unfortunately, that does mean you may have to remove some water from the toilet bowl.) Also, make sure you hold the plunger vertically when you're plunging, and dive in 15 to 20-second spurts.
Sealing up Leaks
Another plumbing tool that you should have is a caulking gun because caulk can be used in many areas of the house, and it can save you money, time and energy. A caulker, or caulking gun, is what you need to apply the tacky putty that goes around windows, doors, and in bathrooms.
Caulk for air leaks: If you have any cracks in the caulking (or don’t have to caulk at all) around your doors and windows, you could be throwing away hundreds of dollars every year. Heating and cooling costs are the biggest expense on most energy bills, so leaks that allow outside air in and inside air out can make your house energy inefficient, and this is very costly.
Caulk for water: Another place that caulk is great is in the bathroom because it prevents water from getting where it shouldn’t. Not only does this stop mold from growing in cracks and crevices, but it also prevents water from eroding and damaging tiles and grout.
Addressing Loose Pipes
While a pipe wrench may not be something that you have in your toolkit, it’s worth the minor investment. In fact, there are a lot of jobs you can do on your own with a pipe wrench that you may have thought required a call to the plumber.
Replacing pipes: The purpose of a pipe wrench is to loosen and tighten pipes and fittings without damaging them, so as long as you have this tool in your arsenal, you can remove, replace, and install new pipes in your system in case of leaks or bursts.
Retrieving fallen items: Anytime something falls down the sink that shouldn’t, it gets lodged in the P-trap under the sink. With the pipe wrench, you can loosen this off, empty the trap, and retrieve whatever it was that fell down the drain. (Consequently, this is also a quick and easy way to remove stubborn clogs from your sink drains).
There are lots of things you can do around the house with the right tools, but sometimes there are problems that arise and repairs that need to be done that should only be performed by a professional. When those issues occur, Ira Hansen and Sons Plumbing is here to help in Reno, NV. Give us a call at 775-624-8378 if you need emergency plumbing services, have a major leak, or need help with gas lines and boilers.