Every home experiences plumbing issues every now and then. Many of them can be fixed with a few tools, simple repairs, and some research. However, to take care of these repairs, homeowners need to have the right equipment on hand. Here are eight plumbing tools every homeowner should own.

1. Plunger

With the holidays just around the corner, many homes will be hosting more guests than usual, which means the toilet is more likely to become clogged. Having a plunger can help clear clogs in no time. When purchasing a plunger, choose one with a gasket that fits inside your toilet for greater effectiveness. 

Understand that a sink plunger is different from a toilet plunger. Sink plungers are specifically made for sink and bathtub drains and have a gasket as well.

2. Toilet auger

The toilet auger is another option for unclogging a toilet if a plunger fails to do the job. An auger works by forcing the debris down the pipe and into the sewer line.

3. Caulking gun

A caulking gun is a great tool for sealing up places prone to water damage, such as the shower. Be sure to clean and dry the surfaces before applying caulking

4. Basin wrench

A basin wrench is a great tool for making repairs in confined spaces and hard-to-reach areas. The tool is available in many different sizes and offers multiple adjustments.

5. Duct tape

Duct tape can be used for plumbing repairs, thanks to its high durability, stickiness, and water resistance. Be sure to have a few rolls on hand in case of an emergency.

6. Pipe wrench

A pipe wrench is great for making repairs on rounded surfaces. They’re adjustable and the teeth will grip the pipe with maximum strength.

7. Plumber’s putty

Plumber’s putty is used to prevent leaks around seals, particularly around faucets and drains from joints that aren’t under pressure.

8. Needle nose pliers

Needle nose pliers are great for making repairs with very small objects and in very small spaces. Be sure to pick up a pair at your local hardware store to be prepared for future plumbing repairs.

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