Houston Plumber’s Toolbox

Common Plumbing Tools for Your Houston Home

Want to look like you know what you’re talking about when you talk plumbing? Be able to strike up a friendly conversation with this guide to the 5 most common plumbing tools used by Houston plumbers.

Sink Auger

This might be the most valuable tool in a plumber’s toolbox. This easy to use tool if great for breaking up and clearing clogs in sinks and tubs. This tool is not used in toilets however. There are special augers used for that. Sink augers consist of a flexible cable with a steel auger bit on the end. The cable is coiled up within the drum canister for easy handling. The bit catches on a mass that is clogging the drain within the pipe and is pulled out manually. This is a classic plumbing tool.

Toilet Auger

Also known as closet augers (for water closets) is specialized for clearing clogs in toilets. It’s reach is only about 3 ft in length and has a special auger bit on the end to break through an obstruction or retrieve one, like a rag for instance.

Flange Plunger

A flange plunger is a plumbing tool specifically designed for use on toilets as well. The shape of the flange fits down into the hole at the bottom of the toilet bowl and creates a vacuum which can give much more force.

Cup Plunger

A cup plunger is a widely recognizable and for a very good reason. Plumbers use this tool daily. It’s rubber cup-like shape and wooden handle clear clogs in sinks, tubs, and showers. A seal is made around the drain and force is used to push the clogs on through the pipes. This is often a first-step in resolving a clogged or slow drain.

Teflon Tape

This is a common, inexpensive tape that is used in connecting fixtures and pipes. It is an absolutely essential tool in preventing leaks at joint connections. It can also be used to seal air and gas from leaking through threaded connections like at your dryer.

Hopefully this article helped you understand the purposes of some of the more common plumbing tools. If you have any plumbing questions, please feel free to get in contact with us at Ben Franklin Plumbing Houston.