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What Kind of Tools Do Plumbers Use on the Job?

Common Tools Used by Plumbing Contractors 

When it comes to fixing problems, plumbers have a lot working against them. Plumbing in a home can be complex and difficult to troubleshoot. Add this to the fact that most plumbing is buried under the ground or behind walls, and it's easy to see why plumbers need the training and experience to accomplish their goals. 

Along with the training and experience, plumbers need a truckload of tools. Without the tools in a plumber's truck, fixing most plumbing problems would be impossible. This article is a quick peek into the toolbox of an average plumber. With this information from local plumbers, homeowners can have a greater appreciation and better understanding of their work. 

Hand Tools 

toolsWith any job, it's best to start small, so this article starts with the smallest and most common plumbing tools the experts use. Every plumber has a toolbox or pouch that they always carry with them. In many cases, the tools in this toolbox will be enough to fix many plumbing issues. The most common plumbing tools are similar to what most handy homeowners keep around their houses. These include things like: 

  • Plumbing wrenches
  • Screwdrivers
  • Tape measures
  • Utility knives
  • Small plumbing snakes
  • Pliers
  • Pipe Cutters 

While these tools can handle most problems, many cases require different equipment. Read on to learn about safety and large, specialty equipment common on the job site. 

Equipment for Safety 

Plumbing often involves risks that can endanger themselves or their customer's property. Even though professional plumber is insured against these problems, they take extra precautions to prevent potential disasters. Some of the common equipment that plumbers use to keep a job site safe are: 

  • Torches: Copper pipes are joined by soldering fittings together. This produces a very hot flame that can ignite nearby flammable materials. With proper training and equipment, the risk is mitigated. Additionally, most plumbers carry fire extinguishers and wet rags to stop fires. 
  • Eye Protection: Cutting PVC or threading metal pipes produces splinters that can damage eyes, so plumbers always keep eyeglasses in their kit. They also make convenient shields against water droplets or anything threatening their eyes. 
  • Gloves: Plumbing involves using dangerous machinery and dealing with potentially hazardous waste. For that reason, all plumbers always keep rubber gloves and leather gloves handy. 

Specialty Tools

toolsPart of a plumber's job is to fix problems that are too nasty and complicated for anyone else. That includes clearing drains and fixing sewer lines. When it comes to these repairs, cleaning a sewer can be a big job, and repairing sewer pipes can involve big disruptions around the property. To make the job easier, plumbers use tools like: 

  • Drain snakes to chew through nasty sewer clogs
  • Hydrojets to blast through clogs and clean sewer pipes
  • Sewer inspection cameras to pinpoint the underlying causes of sewer problems

All of these tools make civilized life possible with safe and reliable plumbing in every home. 

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