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The DIY Plumber's Kit Every Homeowner Needs

No one likes to be caught off guard by their plumbing system — from clogged drains to leaking pipes — there is never an ideal time to face a plumbing issue. That’s why it’s important to be prepared just in case it happens to you. This blog will serve as a guide for essential items every homeowner should have on hand to help them fix and care for their plumbing:

Helpful for Clogs

A clogged drain or pipe is one of the most common issues homeowners have to deal with when it comes to plumbing. An easy solution to a clog is to use a plunger. But, did you know that there are actually three different types of plungers? If you keep having persistent stubborn clogs, it may be that you’re using the wrong type of plunger. The different types of plungers serve different purposes and look different too:

Cup Plunger - This is the standard plunger most people are familiar with. It has a soft (usually) red cup attached to a wooden stick. It is a common misconception that this type of plunger is best suited for your toilet. In reality, this plunger works best on flat surfaces, like your sink, shower, or bath.

Flange Plunger - This type of plunger has a rubber cup with an extended flange that fits over the drain opening. It's ideal for clearing larger clogs in drains. This design is best suited to take care of clogs in your toilet.

Accordion Plunger - This type of plunger has a flexible accordion-style cup that conforms to the shape of the drain opening. It’s perfect for cleaning stubborn clogs in drains. There is a bit of a learning curve with this plunger as it requires more force to unclog. It is also made of hard plastic material and can scratch porcelain in your sink or toilet.

Helpful for Leaks

A leak is another common plumbing problem, but unlike a clog, it needs immediate attention. Water leaks can lead to property damage and mold growth. If you experience a leak in your home the first thing you should do is turn off the main water valve. After that, you should call a plumber. But, while you wait for professional help there are some items you should have that can help you in the meantime.

Some items to have on hand in case of a water leak are items that can help seal the leaking pipe, like duct tape, metal tape, or plumber’s putty. These tools are meant to be used as temporary measures to help prevent more water from spreading or making the leak worse. Another great item to help contain water from a leak is a gallon bucket. It makes cleaning up and keeping your home, furniture, and other items dry and makes clean up easier.

Helpful for Cleaning

Some standard cleaning items to help you take great care of your plumbing are a sponge, a scrub brush, and a toothbrush. These items can help anywhere you have plumbing, like a sink, bath, shower, and more. These items will help clean a range of materials and spaces.

Another great item you should make a staple in your home is a drain strainer. Putting a strainer in your sink or shower will help prevent buildup in your pipes by catching hair or food chucks that would otherwise cause a clog in your pipes. It also makes cleaning up much easier because everything is contained in the strainer.

How We Can Help

The best item you can have in your plumbing kit is the number of an excellent expert plumber. It’s hard to address the root of many plumbing problems without having plumbing expertise. An expert plumber can help take care of your home without you having to comprise results by wasting your own time and money. Contact Winters Home Services at (617) 977-3101!