Plumbing Tools Everybody Should Always Have On Hand
Plumbing Tools Everybody Should Always Have On HandSeptember 28 / 2019
A plumbing emergency can strike unexpectedly and at different levels of severity. Even those that are most prepared and stay up to date on their plumbing maintenance can get caught off guard by a plumbing emergency. Part of being prepared for a plumbing emergency is having the right tools on hand. This can make a huge difference in the severity of the situation and the amount of damage done. Here are some of the most important plumbing tools to always have on hand just in case.
#1 PlungerA plunger is one of the most important plumbing tools for everybody to have on hand. In the event of a clogged drain, a plunger should be one of the first lines of defense. With that being said, it is important to make sure you have the right plunger for the type of drain you intend to use it on. There are several different types of plungers; cup plungers, flange plungers, and accordion plungers are the most common. Cup plungers are designed to unclog flat drains like sinks and tubs, while flange plungers are designed to unclog curved drains like toilets. Accordion plungers are also designed to clear toilet drains. We recommend investing in more than one plunger for a couple of reasons: A) It's more sanitary and B) You will get better suction using the right plunger for the type of drain that is clogged.
Plunger Operating TipsIf you find yourself reaching for the plunger there are a few things you can do to make your plunging more effective.
- Run plunger under warm water before plunging. This can help soften the rubber and allow for better suction.
- Make sure the plunger is fully submerged in water in order to get the best suction.
- Plunge in a straight up and down motion.
- Repeat as needed, some clogs will prove to be more stubborn than others.