5 Plumbing supplies that you should have around the house

Owning a house means you will be facing inevitable plumbing problems. Why call professional plumbers in Riverstone when you can fix minor plumbing problems yourself? 

If you have the proper plumbing supplies and tools, you should perform simple fixes and repairs instead of solely relying on professional help. At NW Plumbing and Drainage, we have a masterful grasp of the tools needed to do a proper plumbing job yourself.  

That is why we have arranged a guide of five plumbing supplies that every homeowner should have around their house. 

1.     Plungers 

First and foremost, plungers are one of the most helpful plumbing tools that everyone needs to own. They are inexpensive to help you out of some minor plumbing issues without needing to call a professional plumber in Riverstone. If you have clogged drains or toilets, these iconic tools are the first thing you will reach for. There are two main types of plungers that you should have around your house: the classic cup plunger and a flange plunger. 

A cup plunger has a cup-like rubber attached to a wooden handle, and it helps you dislodge clogs in drains, sinks and basins. It would help if you used this plunger when the drain rests on a flat surface, as these are not designed to clean toilet bowls. On the other hand, a flange plunger is explicitly used to clear toilet clogs. The flange, an extended rubber flap below the cup of the plunger, makes a seal on curved surfaces and creates the hydraulic pressure needed to dislodge the clogs. Both types of plungers are a safety net, and you are going to need both around your house.  It’s worth knowing how to clear blocked drains and a plunger is an important tool to have in your arsenal.

2. Drain Snake 

Is it a common occurrence at your property that drains and sink face issues while draining?  

If you nodded in affirmation, then a drain snake is the tool that you should have in your arsenal of plumbing tools. A drain snake is a flexible auger that is used to dislodge clogs that give a tough time to your plungers. Your drains will become clogged sooner or later, and when they do, you will be lucky to have purchased a drain snake. 

Drain snakes allow you to clear a blockage from your pipes, such as food scraps, hair, debris, or product buildup without damaging your pipes. They will collect the blocking material in the pipes or will bust through them, allowing the water to flow through the pipe. A drain snake has a long metal cable that you introduce into the opening of the clogged drain to get to the material causing the blockage and opening the area. 

3. Wrenches:  

Wrenches are an essential feature of any home plumbing toolkit—professional plumbers in Riverstone might argue that any toolkit is incomplete without them. When it comes to dealing with a plumbing issue, you will need two types of wrenches. 

The classic pipe wrench, or a plumber wrench, is the first tool you likely think of when it comes to plumbing. It does not matter if you need to clean a clog or stop a leak and unscrew a pipe, an adjustable wrench is a tool for any plumbing job. It fits a wide range of nut sizes and has serrated jaws that allow better grip, not to mention the long shaft allowing you to loosen hard nuts and bolts.  

A basin wrench, also called a sink wrench, is extremely useful when installing or removing a faucet. It helps you to get to the remote areas under your sink and tighten or loosen the nuts and bolts. The pivoting head allows you to rotate the nut in any direction without reorienting your hand continuously.  

4. Tapes 

A thread seal tape, commonly known as a plumber’s tape is a universal tool that helps you combat problems like running taps and loose knobs. It has a variety of uses that make plumbing jobs a little easier. The tape works as a filler and lubricant for joints making replacing and installing pipes easier. You can use the tape temporarily to fix a leaky pipe and prevent further water damage.  

5. Pliers 

Do you need to fix something remote in your plumbing system? Does your joint under the sink require you to grip and then use a wrench? 

Having pliers around your house can help you in most of your plumbing dilemmas. Pliers are versatile tools that save the day time and time again. They are useful when you need tight gripping or bending in a plumbing situation. Not only are pliers used to grip objects like nails and bolts in complicated joints, but they also help grab bulkier objects with ease. They are the perfect solution for fixing pipe leaks of all sizes and are essential to do routine plumbing maintenance. Pliers can also be used as makeshift clamps until a professional plumber in Riverstone arrives to deal with your plumbing issue. 


You can prepare yourself to deal with household plumbing issues in multiple ways. Being aware of best practices and knowing the phone numbers of professional plumbers in Riverstone helps; however, be prepared to tackle minor plumbing issues yourself and to accomplish this you will need just the right tools in your arsenal. 

If you still have questions or need to hire a plumber, do not sweat it; call NW Plumbing and Drainage at 0451 669 290. Or email us with your questions at [email protected]. You can contact us today for any plumbing-related queries— we have the answers you’re looking for! 

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Jai Simons

Jai is a fully licenced plumber and the owner of North West Plumbing and Drainage. If you need to fix a water leak or unblock a drain, give Jai a call.


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