Have you ever experienced a plumbing problem in your home that you know how to fix, but you don’t have the right plumbing tools? We usually end up borrowing what we need from a neighbor, and in some cases, drive to our local home improvement center and buy what we need. In the worst case, we call our plumber to perform a service you could complete yourself. Every household should have the essential tools and supplies to provide standard services to your plumbing system. Every homeowner or renter should know how to unclog a toilet, fix a slow-moving drain, perform water heater maintenance, check your water pressure and should also know how to reset and maintain your garbage disposal.
The First Tool Is A Plunger
Without question, the first tool every home should have is a plunger. Our faithful plunger dates back to the late 1800s. To this day, no one knows who invented it, and no patent records exist. Some say that Jeffery Gunderson invented the modern plunger in 1932. While others say it was a man named John S. Hawley who developed it in 1874. Either way, I think we can all agree that it is one of the handiest tools in our home, not to mention it probably has saved us from some embarrassment over the years. As simple as the plunger is, technology did not leave it behind. The plunger has been redesigned, making it more potent for clearing drains.
Liquid Plumr® has what I would call the top of the line when it comes to your plunger, and it still costs less than fifteen dollars. It’s the hydro pressure plunger which forces water down the drain hard and fast. It comes with two plunger heads for different size drains. Whatever the case, when you purchase a plunger for your home shop around and get a high-quality plunger it could be a real difference maker when it comes to clearing a toilet, shower, kitchen or bathroom drain.
Second Tool, Hex Wrench, Jam-Buster, Garbage Disposal Wrench
The next tool every household should have on hand is a hex wrench, also known as a jam buster, or garbage disposal wrench. If your garbage disposal gets jammed, first remove any standing water in your sink. Then insert a garbage disposal wrench into the bottom of the designated area at the bottom of your disposal. Now turn the wrench back and forth in the bottom of your disposal in both directions. It’s completely fine to use some force to dislodge whatever is causing the problem. Your goal is to move the wrench freely in both directions. The red overload button should have tripped; it will extend out about 1/4 inch. Press the button “in”; if it does not stay “in” then wait 10 minutes and retry. Allow water to run down the drain then turn on the garbage disposal; if it clogs again then repeat the process.
A Water Pressure Gauge – Buy All Three For Less Than Thirty Dollars
The third tool every home should have is a water pressure gauge. When fastened to our outdoor spigot, you’ll be able to get an accurate reading of your water pressure. If it’s over 85 pounds per inch (PSI), you’re putting too much stress on your pipes and appliances. If it’s under 40 PSI, then it’s to low and will need to be adjusted. The perfect PSI for your home water pressure is 40 to 50 PSI. Whatever the case, all three plumbing tools purchase together is under thirty dollars and well worth the investment.