Plumbing Tools No Home Should Be Without

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It never fails.

It’s after hours or the middle of the night and your toilet clogs up. Or it’s the first day of a long holiday weekend and your sink won’t drain.

While you may eventually need a plumber to permanently fix an issue, it would be nice if you had the right tools to fix the problem right then.

Your Brooklyn plumbers at Petri Plumbing & Heating want you to know about seven plumbing tools no home or toolbox should be without!

1. Plunger

Actually, you might need two. A cup plunger – the kind we’re most familiar with – works best on flat surfaces like sinks and tubs, while a flange plunger fits toilets with more flexibility.

2. Pipe wrench

This isn’t just a tool to name as the murder weapon in family games of “Clue,” it’s also the best wrench to have on hand when you need to loosen or tighten plumbing pipes. Adjustable and armed with serrated teeth, it grips pipes best and lessens your chances of scratching pipe fixtures.

3. Basin wrench

While less common in households than a pipe wrench, a basin – or sink – wrench is a must-have for working in confined spaces. It has an extra-long handle and swiveling clamp at the end that lets you reach all those awkward nuts and bolts.

4. Adjustable wrench

This toolbox staple is essential for all types of household repairs and isn’t limited to plumbing. It handles hexagonal-shaped nuts, grabs supply lines and grapples fittings. If you don’t have this tool – go get one now.

5. Pipe insulation

If you live in cold areas, keeping pipe insulation on hand is a must. If a cold front moves in before you’ve prepped your home for winter, wrapping pipes that might be exposed to the elements is a chore you’d much rather do than have to deal with burst pipes.

6. Needle-nose pliers

These little, tiny-tipped wonders are great for fishing out items stuck in drains or grabbing very small parts.

7. Your plumber’s number

If all else fails and you still can’t unclog or fix your plumbing issues, a 24-hour plumber like Petri Plumbing & Heating should be on your speed dial.

Brooklyn Plumbing Pros

If you have frozen pipes or gushing water, call us to reach an expert plumber in Brooklyn. We’ll be out to your home as fast as we can!

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