Plumbing repairs require specific tools for specific repair jobs. Some problems can be fixed by a homeowner but here are problems that must be repaired by a professional plumber. It is important that certain tools are used for specific plumbing problems to prevent further damage.
Below is a list of the tools needed for plumbing repairs:
Plunger: A plunger is a common plumbing tool that is used to remove clogged toilets and sinks. Toilets and sink plungers are different as the toilet plunger has a longer handle. For the toilet, the plunger is a one that has a thick rubber bell head and a hole in the middle which covers the toilet drain. You can buy these plungers at plumbing supply stores and hardware stores. Sink plungers are good for both clogged sinks and bathtubs.
Plumbers Pipe Wrench: A plumber’s wrench is a durable and heavy duty wrench. Plumbers use this wrench for clutching a pipe or pipe fitting. As well, it can be used to tighten and unscrew nuts and caps.
Toilet Auger: Most people refer to the toilet auger as a snake. It is designed to remove stubborn clogs in the sewer line. Plumbers will feed the snake into the drain until it reaches the blockage. There is a device on the end that is used to grasp the clog and pull it out of the drain.
Sink Auger: This snake is used specifically for sink drains such as kitchen and shower drains. Like the toilet auger, it is used to locate and remove the clog from the drain. It consists of a flexible cable with an auger device attached on one end. It is fed into the drain and is used to grasp and pull at the clog to remove the clog.
Plumbers Tape: This Teflon tape is used to make joint connections more tight and secure. This tape is wound around the thread of the pipes to fill in the gaps between the threads. It is used to prevent leaks. It effectively seals pipe threads in the pipe connections. As well, it prevents air and gas leakage from threaded connections.
Pliers: There are various types of pliers used a variety of different plumbing tasks. They are used for such tasks as removing and tightening various types of fittings and nuts as well as holding pipes when soldering.
Pipe and Wire Locator: This electronic device is used to trace the path and determine the depth of wires and metallic pipes without having to deactivate the system.
Electric Pipe Soldering Tool: Plumbers use this tool to solder fittings and pipe joints. The plumber clamps the soldering tool’s heads over a joint between pipes or fittings. A set of plates transfer electrically generated heat to the pipe or metal. Once the fitting or pipe reaches the appropriate temperature, the plumber will then apply the solder.
These are just a few of the tools required for plumbing repairs. Plumbers have all of the tools and experience to make the proper repairs.