When it comes to being to do the plumbing do-it-yourself tasks every homeowner should be able to do (fix a faucet’s leak or a clogged toilet, stop a “running” toilet, WHAT ELSE), you’re going to have to have a few plumbing tools on hand in order to do so.

To help you, we’ve put together a list of the seven (or so) items every homeowner should keep in her plumbing toolkit.

DIY plumbing toolkit

  1. Never forget hammers and wrenches.

You probably already have these for “general” DIY household maintenance tasks, but it’s a good idea to have a hammer and wrench set aside just for plumbing so that you’ll know exactly where they are when you need them.

  1. Plunger and plumber’s snake.

Look for the newer flanged plungers; these provide a better seal around the toilet bowl’s hole, making the plunging effort easier and removing the clog quicker.

A plumber’s snake can help you grab hair and “gunk” clogs that are further down a shower’s/tub’s or toilet’s pipes.

  1. Needle nose and locking pliers or adjustable wrench.

You’ll use the needle nose pliers for those times you need grasp on to a small part (tiny screw that’s too tight, for example) and you’ll need the locking pliers or the wrench to work with the bigger stuff.

  1. Plumber’s tape and plumber’s putty.

Also known as “Teflon tape,” plumber’s tape allows you to seal up threaded connections really well (showerheads and the supply lines to a faucet, for example). This tape provides a great seal. Plumber’s putty is used to create a seal that’s water resistant on what are called “un-pressured” joints, such as sink drains.

  1. A basin wrench.

This type of wrench helps you to reach those hard-to-get-to spaces under sinks, etc.

  1. Caulk gun and caulk.

Never run out of caulk as it can help you repair a good number of things such as seams in your showers and along your tubs and toilets. You also should keep caulk on hand to fill the gun.

  1. A utility knife with retracting blades.

Look for one with a non-slip handle and make sure to have a supply of replacement blades so that you never have to use a dull blade.

When your plumbing presents you with a problem that has bested your DIY skills, contact the plumbing experts at Plumbing Dynamics for help. Contact us by calling our office at 214-929-3431 or send us a message via our online contact us form.

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