Plumbing Tools You Should Have in Your Home

When you’re having problems with your plumbing, there’s always the option of calling an emergency plumber to fix the problem for you. This is especially recommended for jobs that require specialist tools or plumbing experience. But there may be times where you face more minor plumbing issues that you or someone else in the house, or even a neighbor, might be able to fix themselves.

In this case, it helps to have the proper tools on hand so you can get on with the job without going out to buy something. So, if you want to be prepared for minor plumbing disasters, here are some of the essential tools you should keep around the house or in your garage.


For those nasty clogs and overflowing toilets, a plunger can help you get out of a messy situation. A plunger is cheap to buy and essential for having around the house in case of a plumbing emergency. And for even better efficiency when clearing clogs and blockages, you can buy both a flange plunger for the toilet and a cup plunger for sinks and your bathtub or shower drain.


An auger, or a drain snake, is used to clear clogs deeper inside the pipes. This is more effective and generally better for your drains than using a store-bought drain cleaner. Again, it is recommended to have a separate sink auger and toilet auger, each designed for the specific plumbing of each appliance. Be careful whenever doing DIY plumbing tasks such as this since you can cause more damage if you’re not sure what you’re doing. Always call a plumber if you are unsure.

Pipe wrench

An adjustable pipe wrench is a versatile and valuable tool for your plumbers’ toolkit, used to loosen and tighten pipes and fittings, or simply grip them to hold them in place. Here are some tips on how to properly adjust and use a pipe wrench.

Washers and O-rings

Having a set of spare washers and O-rings in your toolkit can save you from leaky faucets and other minor annoyances. Drips and leaks are often caused by these parts becoming worn, so simply replacing the washers and/or O-rings renews the seal to stop the drip.

Don’t take the risk if you’re unsure about your plumbing or if the problem is more severe. You can rely on Brandon Plumbing for our repairs and emergency plumbing services around Lewisville, Clemmons, and Winston Salem, NC. Get in touch for our support and services.