When You’ll Need It: A plunger is a staple item for any bathroom. Use your plunger to unclog sinks, shower drains, toilets, and more in a flash and avoid overflowing toilet water (yuck!). Did you know that there are two types of plungers? A toilet plunger looks a bit different from your standard plunger in that it has an extra lip made to help it create a tight seal around the narrow toilet bowl opening. You should definitely know when to use which in a pinch.
- Drain Snake or Hand Auger
When You’ll Need It: You can get a handheld drain snake from any local hardware store. While this won’t be as heavy duty as the ones the plumbers carry, they are useful for clearing out nastier clogs in your shower or sink. Get in the habit of using your drain snake on a regular basis to clear out any wads of hair or other debris.
- Wrench Set
Price: $15 and up
When You’ll Need It: The real question is when wouldn’t you need a wrench set? You can get a compact wrench set at your local hardware store for extremely cheap, or shell out a few more dollars for a nicer more complete set. A wrench will help you tighten loose joints, fix leaky pipes, and much more than just fixing small plumbing problems around the home.
- Caulking Gun
When You’ll Need It: If you have been noticing mold or mildew in your shower or tub grout, then you are due for a fresh start. You can remove and replace your shower caulking yourself, but you’ll need to have a caulking gun in order to allow you to achieve a pristine, smooth application.
- Duct Tape
When You’ll Need It: Duct tape is great for stemming small leaks temporarily – at least until a plumber can come by and make a permanent fix. It’s great for a lot of other around-the-home uses, too. And have you seen the crazy things people make out of duct tape? And it comes in tons of cool, fun colors to please anyone’s tastes.
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