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Maintain Your Household Pipes and Plumbing

There are various items that most households should have in order to maintain pipes and plumbing without having to hire a professional to do the dirty work. Not only will having a plumber’s tool box reduce the price of hiring an expert, but it will also allow people to have peace of mind regarding the state of their piping system.Five Essential Plumbing Tools Every Household Should Have

Toilet Auger

The toilet auger is one of the most commonly used items in the plumber’s tool kit. This tool allows people to break up clogs, or retrieve obstructions that are causing blockages. The auger is connected to a flexible shaft which gets pushed down the toilet. A crank handle is also in place at the end, allowing people to grab the obstructions rather than simply breaking them up. The reach on the average toilet auger is around three feet.

Flange Plunger

A flange plunger is not only used by plumbers, but is also a common everyday household item. The flange plunger can come in a large number of different size and shape variations. It is most commonly used to clear clogs in the toilet. The flange plunger works by causing a vacuum, which generates a large amount of water force. The flange plunger differs from a cup shaped plunger because it will shape to seal off the toilet hole.

Plumber’s Snake Or Sink Auger

Sometimes a plunger will not be enough to clear a clog. If a plunger fails, then a plumber’s snake or sink auger should be the next step. These are primarily used for sink waste. The sink auger cable is placed down into the hole of the sink until the clog can be felt. It should then be pulled back slightly and the attached crank should be turned. If this does not clear the blockage then the process should be repeated. If the clog cannot be felt then it is likely to be beyond the distance of the cable and other measures will need to be taken.

Faucet Valve Set Wrench

The faucet valve set wrench is used to remove and replace the faucet body valve seat. When a washer wears down too much it can grind between the washer valve seat and the faucet body valve seat. This can cause the faucet body valve seat to lose its smooth surface and become rough, which can cause leaks. The faucet valve set wrench is used to fix this problem.

Adjustable Pipe Wrench

The adjustable pipe wrench is probably the most recognizable feature of the plumber’s tool kit. This tool is tightened around a pipe using a knurled knob, which is specifically designed to fit rounded objects. The edges of the wrench are serrated, which increases the overall pressure when the wrench is turned. Duck tape should be used as a barrier on the pipe to prevent teeth marks from occurring when using an adjustable pipe wrench.

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(15) Comments

  1. Ralph C. January 17th, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Thanks for the great article.

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  2. Plumbing In Sacramento January 18th, 2013 at 2:21 am

    Your article I must say is quite informative.

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  3. Boiler Breakdown January 19th, 2013 at 2:43 am

    Great post. I agree with you. I would also throw out the idea that having a good wrench on hand is always good as well for not tightening joints of pipes and sinks.

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  4. Boiler Service January 19th, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Great ideas. The plumbing companies are also licensed proving that they are authentic and can be trusted. The services provided by professional plumbing companies are also guaranteed and their products have warranties.

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  5. Edilberto D. January 21st, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Thank you for posting this informative article. Your ideas on this subject matter is highly appreciated.

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  6. Window World January 25th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Having the right tools for the job is essential for quality repairs.

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  7. Jacob January 25th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    I couldn’t imagine doing work without a toilet auger. Definitely an essential tool to add!

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  8. Plumbers in Southampton January 27th, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Its true the flange plunger can come in a large number of different size and shape variations.

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  9. Cheap Plumbing Tools March 21st, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Its really nice information about how to maintain household pipes and plumbing in great way, thanks.

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  10. Plumbing Boston April 1st, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Really good article!!! If you need more info or help go to YouTube. They have a lot of good videos for plumbing.

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  11. Residential Plumber Contractors June 12th, 2013 at 5:46 am

    This blog is spectacular. It’s not everyday that we notice such nice details over a weblog site, thanks a lot.

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  12. Drain Cleaning Bellevue June 12th, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Fantastic tips. The first I learned how to use was a plunger. No household should be without one.

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  13. My Trusted Plumber June 13th, 2013 at 5:46 am

    Fantastic article, extremely informative and helpful! Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Plumbing Livermore July 1st, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Some plumbing problems are too difficult to tackle alone. If you don’t know how to fix something, don’t try! You may make matters worse! Instead, apply yourself to finding an excellent plumber to help you out. Do a thorough search to find an honest plumber who offers fair prices.

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  15. Newark Plumbing July 1st, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Leaky Plumbing Fixtures: Close the shutoff valve singular to the leaky fixture. Check the fixture’s trap for debris, hair, soap scum, and food particles that might obstruct its opening and cause overflowing of the fixture. Contact your emergency plumber for effective plumbing repair.

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