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Plumbing Tools Every Homeowner Should Have on Hand

When it comes to your toolbox, there are unspoken tools that are necessary to have in a pinch. For minor and emergency plumbing issues, our team at Riley’s Decatur Sewer Service in Decatur, IL have put together a short list of necessary tools for every homeowner to have in their toolkit when plumbing emergencies strike. Keep reading below to view our tool checklist and give us a call if you require immediate plumbing services.  


This may seem like an obvious tool, but believe it or not, plungers are one of the most forgotten plumbing tools in homes until it is necessary. Clogging the toilet is common, and when that happens, the last thing you want to deal with is running to the store in the middle of the night to unclog your plumbing system. Plungers are great in-the-moment tools to help clear small blockages without having to call a plumber. So, next time you’re at the store, don’t forget to pick up a sturdy plumber for emergencies. Is the clog refusing to go down? Give our experts at Riley’s Decatur Sewer Service in Decatur, IL a call today!

A homeowner using a plumbing wrench to tighten a plumbing pipe in their kitchen or bathroom in Decatur, IL.


Wrenches are the next most common tool we think should be in everyone’s home, and they can be used in more places than just your plumbing system. We recommend having a pipe wrench or basin wrench in your home in the event of a small plumbing leak. Pipe wrenches are meant for the heavy-duty gripping of pipes when noticing a leak in the plumbing system, and basic wrenches are beneficial for tightening and removing the fill valve lock nuts. Not handy with a wrench? Give our experts at Riley’s Decatur Sewer Service in Decatur, IL a call and request an emergency plumbing service.

Thread Seal Tape

Thread seal tape, commonly known as PTFE tape, is the perfect addition to your tool kit when handling a leaky pipe. This super strength tape is completely waterproof and meant for providing a temporary fix when your plumbing system decides to start leaking. In very minor cases, thread seal has even been known to permanently seal a leak, however, if you experience any pipe trouble, give Riley’s Decatur Sewer Service a call to schedule a plumbing inspection and repair service at your home in Decatur, IL. Don’t wait until your pipes need replacing, grab a package of thread seal tape at your local home improvement shop today.

Professional plumber in a blue apron using a tape measure to measure plumbing pipes under a kitchen sink in Decatur, IL.

Tape Measure

While many homeowners have tape measures in their homes, not many think of a tape measure as an essential part of their plumbing tool kit. If you are performing a DIY repair on your toilet or kitchen sink, you’re going to want to know the exact measurements of a part or tight space before spending your time and money. At Riley’s Decatur Sewer Service in Decatur, IL we recommend having a tape measure at your disposal to avoid any costly mistakes. Give us a call today at (217) 428-3066 to schedule your next residential plumbing service.

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