Whether you’ve got a leaky faucet or a poorly fastened toilet seat, here are a few plumbing tools every homeowner should have to take care of minor plumbing problems.


A plunger is a handy tool for fixing a clogged toilet and even a clogged shower drain. Rather than buying harmful chemicals to clear up the drains, use a plunger to address clogged drains.

2. Drain snake

A drain snake is a flexible auger used to clear debris like hair and product buildup that could cause clogs. This is a handy tool that won’t damage pipes and can help sinks and showers drain properly.

3. Heavy-duty rubber gloves

If you want to protect your hands, wrists and forearms from hair, gunk, waste and sharp objects, rubber gloves are a must. Be sure to buy heavy-duty gloves capable of withstanding extensive wear and tear.

4. Slip-joint pliers

Slip-joint pliers have many important uses. They can help recover a wedding ring dropped down the sink drain. They can also be used to bend and grip in tight plumbing situations. Slip-joint pliers have two sets of teeth and are able to grip small objects, like nails, and larger objects, like bolts.

5. Wrenches

There are two types of wrenches that are commonly used in plumbing: pipe wrench and basin wrench.

A pipe wrench has adjustable jaws that make it useful for gripping and turning pipes. A basin wrench has a long handle and jaws at the end, making it ideal for tightening and or removing the faucet and filling valve lock nuts.

6. Thread seal tape

Also known as PTFE, Teflon tape and plumber’s tape, thread seal tape is used for temporarily fixing leaks and preventing further water damage. Considering the fact that the average family can waste 180 gallons per week from household leaks, thread seal tape can make a big difference in monthly water costs.

7. Tape measure

A tape measure is an essential tool in the plumber’s toolkit and every homeowner should have one as well. A tape measure is necessary to take exact measurements and ensure repairs are done correctly and properly, especially in tight spaces.