When it comes to plumbing repair, we at Whipple Service Champions are always at the ready. Our professionals are available at all hours to help with any residential plumbing issues, no matter how large or small they may be.

We’re also here to support the do-it-yourself homeowner who takes responsibility for a few of their simpler plumbing-related areas. If you do this carefully and with the right tools, you can help us maintain your system for the long haul. With that in mind, here are a few vital plumbing tools every home DIY-er needs to have.


The plunger is less of a tool and more of a safety net in reality – in either case, though, you want it in your home. In fact, you likely want one of each of two varieties: The cup plunger and the flange plunger.

The cup plunger is best for cleaning drain clogs in sinks, tubs, or any other flat surface the drain rests on. The flange plunger, on the other hand, is best for toilets due to the additional rubber it has come from the cup. This helps create a seal on the curved surface of the toilet bowl.


You should also have a couple of wrenches on hand in case you need to tighten or loosen things. A pipe wrench is a type meant to help with things that can’t be gripped with other tools – it comes with a metal handle and two serrated edges that can be adjusted for your connection.

Pipe wrenches, on the other hand, are perfect for any tightening, loosening, removal, or replacement. They’re a great all-purpose tool to have on hand.

Duct Tape

For areas even beyond just plumbing, duct tape should always be present in the home. It can create a quick seal around a leak, as it is naturally water-resistant. It’s often a great stop-gap solution while you wait for something more permanent.

Auger and Snake

These are two items that work in tandem for heavy drain clogs that the plunger doesn’t work on. The auger is for the toilet, while the snake is more versatile and can be used on appliances like tubs, showers, and sinks.

For more on tools a DIY plumber should have around the home, or to learn more about any of our plumbing repair services, speak to the pros at Whipple Service Champions today.