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Plumbing Tools That Every Homeowner Needs

Whether you’re a DIY god (Dess) or not, it’s always good to have plumbing tools around your home that will help you with those common plumbing incidents which don’t require a professional.

In this current climate, finding safe ways to handle a plumbing related issue yourself without needing anyone to come into your home is a bonus.

Take a look at our list of plumbing tools that we think every homeowner should have readily available. Do you have them all?

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Plumbing Tools That Every Homeowner Needs


Okay, so you probably knew we’d start with old faithful! Plungers are the most basic of plumbing tools. You can find them at nearly any department store, hardware store, or dollar store.

Be aware that there are plungers for toilets and also plungers for sinks. Do not use your sink designated plunger in your toilet, and vice-versa.

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They range from 2$ in price to upwards of 300$. If you want an industrial-strength and luxurious plunger, go for it! Just make sure you have one.


Pliers are useful for gripping onto rounded objects like piping, bolts, the removal of nails, pins, and other odds and ends. Be sure to purchase one with long handles for ease of access.

These are useful for plumbing matters but also come in handy for other home projects.

Drain Snake

These tools are also known as augers. If you lose a ring down the sink or have developed a hairy creature in your shower drain – the drain snake or auger is your ticket.

The plumbing experts at Highsmith & Daughters Plumbing recommend avoiding chemical drain unclog Gers; these can cause more damage to your pipes in the long run.

Drain snakes are the next step when faced with a drain clog that’s too tough for the plunger to handle.

They, like plungers, range wildly in price as well as have differing levels of function but can be found at most department stores and hardware stores for 10$ to 20$.

Plumbing Tape

Plumbing tape can adhere to almost any pipe surface, including steel. If you have a leak that needs swift attention, wind some tape two or three times around the affected area.

This will provide you with a firm seal until a professional plumber can attend to the leak.

Having plumbing tape can save you from costly water damage in the event of a leak.

Set of Wrenches

A wrench is another item that will come in handy for projects not just within the plumbing sphere. Even a basic set should include an adjustable wrench (great for hexagonal nuts), a basin wrench (great for obscure places and tightening nuts), and a ratchet wrench for those jobs that require efficiency.

If your set doesn’t include a basin wrench, be sure to grab one to have handy. These self-tightening wrenches are instrumental in faucet replacement.

Caulking Gun

This tool doesn’t require a ton of expertise and is excellent for sealing the seams of your bathtub or shower.

It can also serve a purpose in many other household projects, but be sure your surface is completely dry and clean before applying the caulking.


Guaranteed, even if you have no experience with plumbing issues and their fixes, you will not regret picking up the items on this list.

If you’re a homeowner, you will require at least one or two of them in your many years of living in your home.

Of course, if the plumbing issue is an emergency or you’re uncomfortable attempting to fix the issue – call your local plumber. Most plumbers have 24-hour emergency services and are happy to help!