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5 Essential Plumbing Tools Homeowners Must Have For Home Emergencies


In order to promptly attend to your pipes whenever a problem occurs, there are several items that you should have readily available. The following tools are essentials in one’s household for you to be able to fix and maintain your plumbing at your fingertips.

Toilet Plunger

A flange plunger and a cup plunger should be found in your household. The flange plunger works best in clearing clogs in the toilet because it will shape to make a seal on curved surfaces and cause a vacuum. The cup plunger is basically the same except it works best in clearing clogs in sinks, tubs, and any drain that rests on a flat surface.

Auger And Snake

These two are used in drain clogs that are too much for a plunger to handle. An auger is typically used in toilet drains to hook clogs and pull them out. There’s a crank handle placed at the end that you spin in a circular motion down the pipe. A snake is more versatile, as it can be used in tubs, showers, and sinks.

Adjustable Wrench

This is a multi-functional wrench capable of loosening and tightening nuts and bolts of all sizes. It’s easy to use because you won’t have to keep guessing wrench sizes. You simply adjust it to the exact size.

Pipe Wrench

This is intended to tighten or loose, remove and replace pipes. Its edges are serrated which makes an increased pressure when the wrench is turned. It is used when more leverage is needed to tighten or loosen things that are difficult to hold into place.


A duct tape should readily be available at all times especially for emergency fixes. It can create a seal in and around a leak, as it is water-resistant.

A thread seal tape or Teflon tape can create and ensure a tight seal on fittings and pipe joints, as it is made of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). It comes on rolls that are cut to specific widths, making it easy to wind around pipe thread fittings.

Home plumbing emergencies and quick fixes happen almost every day, that’s why you need to have these essential tools on hand. However, if those are on hand but you still can’t be able to solve your plumbing issues on your own, then call Shaul’s at 778-397-4850, or schedule an appointment.

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