Why to Keep These Plumbing Tools Around the House
Have you ever flushed the toilet and watched in horror as the water slowly crept closer and closer to the rim of the bowl, rather than draining down as it’s supposed to? Or maybe you’ve panicked as you felt a ring slip off your finger and watched helplessly as it teetered over the edge of the drain and down into the pipe.
And if you live in a house with indoor plumbing, there's a good chance you’ve changed bucket after bucket of water from underneath a leaking pipe at some point in your life. If any of these situations sound familiar, you probably need a few more tools around the house that can help prevent, fix, and solve issues just like these ones.
1. Why on Earth Do You Need a Pipe Wrench?
Remember that wedding ring or family heirloom that slipped down the kitchen sink when you were doing the dishes? Well, it’s still there—caught by the P-trap that acts as a catcher of lost things and prevents sewer gasses from entering your house through the plumbing.
And with a pipe wrench, you can loosen the pipe fixtures surrounding the P-trap, retrieve your lost item, and tighten everything back up again. That’s what a pipe wrench does: it allows you to loosen and tighten pipe fittings and fixtures so that you can stop leaks, repair breaks, and find your grandmother’s ring.
2. What a Caulking Gun is Good For
You wouldn’t dare turn on the air conditioner in your house with all the windows still open, but you may not realize that heating and cooling your home when you have cracks in your door and window frames can actually be just as bad.
It doesn’t matter how small you think that crack in the window is: the air can leak out through it as easily as if it were a three-foot window. With a caulking gun and a fresh tube of caulk, however, you can seal up those cracks yourself, stop wasting money, and keep the climate controlled air in your home, well, in your home!
3. Everyone Needs a Cup Plunger
A cup plunger is a basic and simple device that everyone is familiar with, and these are ideal for removing clogs and blockages from the drains in your sinks, showers, and tubs. There are chemical drain cleaners you can use instead, but these are harsh, dangerous, and bad for both you and the environment.
The plunger method, on the other hand, is simple, effective, cheap, and safe for you and your family. Just make sure there's about two inches of water in the basin to help you form a seal, and when you're dealing with clogged sink and tub drains, make sure you plug up the overflow with a damp rag before plunging in.
4. …And a Flange Plunger
Most people don’t realize that there's more than one type of plunger, or don’t understand the differences between them. A flange plunger is smaller than a cup plunger, and it has a rubber lip on the inside that’s perfect for creating a seal with toilet drains.
So next time you watch your clogged toilet almost start to overflow, don’t panic—instead, reach for the flange plunger. If there's too much water in the bowl, empty some out before plunging. Make sure you plunge in a vertical motion and plunge for about 20 seconds at a time before testing to see if you removed the clog.
Still unsure about any of these tools or how to use them? Don’t worry: we’re here to help. Call Express Plumbing Heating & Cooling, in Waretown, NJ, today at 609-301-0048 if you need any help with the tools or the process, or if you need help with a plumbing issue or emergency that only the experts should manage.