Plumbing is a field that deals mainly with the waterworks and pipes that can be found in and around a building or structure. There are also other aspects of a household or building that plumbers deal with which may be connected to the waterworks such as heating and sprinkler systems.
Just like any other tradesman, this expert has some tools that are necessary for working.
The tools that are needed for plumbing are essentials that are usually used every time the tradesman goes to work.
One of these is the adjustable wrench, which has come to symbolize the job. It is a gadget that has a lot of heft to it and provides leverage to the plumber.
One end forms the handle and is usually around the length of a foot or more, depending on the size of the tool itself. The business end of the instrument has an adjustable open-ended mouth or grip that can be tightened of loosened.
The grip is positioned around a pipe or any rounded object that the expert needs to keep a firm grip on. The function of this wrench is to provide leverage and a firm grip in order to tighten or loosen the pipe or any other part.
Augers are another type of plumbing tool that is used to remove any debris or obstruction that may be preventing the natural flow of liquids. There are two types of augers available for the job.
They are quite different in appearance but the function of both is highly similar. The first type is the drum or canister auger, usually used for sinks. It comes in a circular container that is more drum like in appearance. Inside this container is a flexible cable that is coiled within the drum and can be slowly released according to the preferences of the user.
These tools usually come in different lengths. The other kind of auger is the one for toilets. It comes in a sort of rod like metallic container with a crank at one end. The plumber turns the crank in order to facilitate the extension and retraction of the flexible cable.
Plungers are also another essential aspect of plumbing. These instruments are used to make a sort of push and a vacuum environment to unclog drains or toilets. There are two specialized types of plungers.
One is for bath tubs and sinks (those with flat surfaces) while the other is a flange plunger for the toilet bowl (this one has a sort of protrusion at the end to accommodate the drain of the toilet bowl).
The function of this tool is to release any clogged drains. Faucet tools also come in various functions and appearances. There are wrenches for compression faucets and a reseating tool. These are usually used for the older types of faucets that use the compression method to open and close.
These are just a few of the tools that are used by plumbers to install, repair and maintain the plumbing works in any building, be it commercial, industrial or residential.