Now, before we get into this one, let’s get one thing straight: if you don’t know what you’re doing, you should always call a prFISHional (that’s us!).
However, there are some more minor plumbing issues that many home or business owners can actually solve themselves, with the help of some easy-to-use tools they have laying around.
We’ve put together this list of the top five plumbing tools you should have to help you in the case of a minor emergency, check them out below.
Are you surprised? This is a tool that every homeowner should have because it can help you solve a number of minor issues, like blockages, clogged toilets, slow drainage and more.
We also recommend getting a few plungers to have around the home, like one under the kitchen sink and another in the bathroom. When it comes to type, a sink plunger and a toilet plunger are phrases most hardware stores or plumbing specialists will know.
- Needle nose pliers
Sometimes, all that’s required to resolve a plumbing issue is the tightening of a screw, or the removal of a hairball – needle nose pliers can do both.
They work well with smaller fittings, which are common in home plumbing systems, and are able to easily fit down some drains to grab small blockages. Meaning less reaching for the drain cleaner, or the phone to call your local plumber.
- Duct tape
Every home or business has a DIY extraordinaire that will usually have duct tape on hand, however, it’s important to have a roll or two in a drawer or maintenance closet just in case.
This simple but effective tool is a real asset in a plumbing emergency as it can help you keep things together and minimise damage while waiting for a plumber to arrive.
- Shifting spanner
This tool is one of the most popular items that should be in any homeowners plumbing toolkit, mostly due to its wide range of use.
Adjustable wrenches have a jaw that can be adjusted to loosen or tighten a number of different nuts, bolts and fastening – an asset in plumbing emergencies.
All of this maintenance work can be pretty hard on the hands – it can be easy to get a cut, bruises and blisters, not to mention that there’s a risk of handling some…hazardous material.
So, it’s important to make sure you’ve got your hands covered – there are a range of different types of gloves that can be effective, but we find thick cleaning gloves are best.
And the most important tool of all? Our phone number on speed dial.
We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help anyone in the Brisbane metropolitan area with residential and commercial plumbing maintenance or emergencies.
All you need to do is pick up the phone, dial 07 3862 2600 and you’ll get to talk to a member of our team.
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