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Plumbing Tools Every Homeowner Should Have on Hand

A plumbing emergency can strike when you least expect it, that is why it is always a good idea to be prepared. Having the right plumbing tools can help prevent further damage. While we always advocate for you to contact a professional plumber in the event of an emergency, being able to stop a leak and protect the surrounding area while you wait for your plumber to arrive is proactive and preventative. Here are some plumbing tools every homeowner should have on hand.


When you think plumbing tools, one of the first things you think of is probably a plunger. Having a plunger can help you mitigate simple clogs, which are one of the most common plumbing problems homeowners face. It is important to understand that there are several different plungers available. We recommend have at least two; a cup plunger for sinks and a flange plunger for toilets. Aside from keeping things sanitary, using the right plunger will ensure a better seal which will form better suction and work more effectively.


Pliers are used by plumbers to grab, pull, tighten, or loosen something. Needle nose pliers are handy to have to grab onto small things or things in tight places. Tongue and groove pliers can assist with a variety of things and come in two sizes.


An auger is a handy plumbing tool to have in the event of a clogged drain or toilet. An auger snakes down the drain to either break apart or grab the clog. An auger is the go-to, in the event that a plunger fails to clear a clog.

Plumbers Tape

Plumbers tape is good to have on hand to get a good deal on a new faucet or showerhead install. It allows plumbing fixtures to get a better grip on threaded pipes, which can prevent leaks.

Roll of Plastic

Having a roll of plastic on hand in the event of a plumbing emergency or a flood can help protect your home from unnecessary damage. If you have a leak, once the leak is contained you can protect the surrounding area and your personal belongings from damage by covering it with plastic.

If you are in the middle of a plumbing emergency, it is always best to remain calm, analyze the situation, take what preventative measures you are comfortable with, then call your plumber. The calmer you are the better you will be able to communicate with your plumber about what is doing on. For more information on what to do during a plumbing emergency contact Courtesy Plumbing today!

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