Common Plumbing Tools


Good plumbing systems and regular maintenance keep drains and pipes in good condition and help prevent plumbing emergencies. According to residential plumbers people tend to neglect and ignore home maintenance which leads to a plumbing crisis.

Certain plumbing situations such as damaged pipes or gas leaks should be repaired by plumbers however minor plumbing issues such as clogs in the drain could be fixed by homeowners by using common plumbing tools.

The common plumbing tools that are commonly found in homes and are always carried by plumbers when fixing plumbing problems & repairs are:


Pipe Wrench: This is used for grasping and holding a pipe fitting or pipe when removing large tight caps and nuts. It has an adjustable jaw or teeth that allow it to grip the pipe. A basin wrench is a specialized tool for tight spots under sinks and basins. Plunger: This is used to clear clogs in toilets and unclogging bath tub drains. It is a rubber bell or cup shape device that is placed over the drain hole on one end that is attached to a long wooden handle. Cup plungers are used for sinks and tubs, while the flange plunger is used for toilet bowls. Pliers: Commonly used for tightening and loosening different types of nuts or fittings and securing pipes or fittings into the proper position while soldering. Sink Auger: This is used to clear clogs deep into the sink drain and tub drain. It is a long flexible cable with a steel auger piece on the end that is used to break up and remove tough clogs. It should not be used in toilet drains. Toilet Auger or Closet Auger: A toilet auger is snake shaped that slides through the toilet drain to locate, break up, and remove clogs in the toilet drain. It should not be used in sink drains. Teflon Tape: It is an inexpensive, flexible and thin tape that is used to prevent leaks at threaded plumbing joint connections, and is also used to keep gas and air from leaking from threaded connections. Searchme4 online business directory provides a list of UK plumbing companies for all your plumbing needs. For more information on Plumbers, visit our business directory

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