In most homes, you can usually find a number of general plumbing tools to repair common plumbing problems such as clogs in the drain. However, there are problems that occur that not only require the services of a professional plumber, but also specific tools. It is important that certain tools are used for certain problems to prevent further damage and repair the problem properly. Below are a number of tools used for plumbing repairs:
1. Pliers: Most homes contain a variety of different types of pliers. Different pliers are required for different plumbing jobs to prevent damage. Pliers are commonly used for such tasks as: tightening and loosening different types of nuts or fittings and securing pipes or fittings into the proper position while soldering.
2. Pipe Wrench: A pipe wrench is one of the most common tools used by plumbers. This wrench is easy to identify as it is quite heavy and large. It is used for grasping and holding a pipe fitting or pipe. It is handy to use when removing large tight caps and nuts such as the cap on the main septic unit. The pipe wrench is normally used on large and thick iron and steel pipes as it can damage small and fragile pipes.
3. Plunger: The plunger is a common plumbing tool that can be found in nearly all homes. There are different types of plungers available. It is best to use a strong and durable plunger that can found in plumbing supply stores and hardware stores. It is used most often to clear clogs in toilets, but it is also effective and unclogging bath tub drains. The plunger itself has a rubber bell shape device that is placed over the drain hole on one end that is attached to a wooden handle that is about 2 feet long.
4. Sink Auger: This device is used to clear clogs deep into the sink drain and tub drain. It is composed of a long flexible cable that has a steel auger piece on the end that is used to break up and remove tough clogs. It can be turned to grasp and break up the clog. It is designed for different purposes than the toilet auger and should not be used in toilet drains.
5. Toilet Auger or Closet Auger: A toilet auger is a snake that slides through the toilet drain to locate, break up, and remove clogs in the toilet drain. It is designed for different purposes than the sink auger and should not be used in sink drains.
6. Teflon Tape: This tape is vital to prevent leaks at threaded plumbing joint connections. This inexpensive, flexible, and thin tape is used to seal pipe threads that are being connected together such as in water line connections. It is also used to keep gas and air from leaking from threaded connections.
There are many common plumbing problems that people can repair themselves using the proper plumbing tools such as plunging a clog toilet. However, with more serious problems, special tools and training are needed. In these cases, the services of a professional plumber are required as they have the right tools and knowledge to repair the problem in an efficient and professional manner.