There are many problems that can occur with the plumbing system in your house over the years that you own your home. An advantage for any home owner is to learn some basic plumbing skills and buy yourself a few plumbing tools. A few of the most common problems can be fixed with only a few tools, and a necessity for any bathroom, although not really a tool is a good toilet plunger. There are many great DIY plumbing tools out there that are cheap and easy to use such as a good pair of pipe wrenches. Pipe wrenches are used in pairs so while you hold the pipe with one wrench you use the other to turn the fitting. Pipe wrenches are definitely a lifesaver when it comes to minor plumbing problems that happen a lot with your toilet and especially the sink, where sometimes important things accidentally fall down the drain, a good pair of pipe wrenches will come in handy retrieving the item from the curved trap in the pipe.
Learning a little about minor plumbing services can save you a lot of money since good plumbers can sometimes have high hourly rates, which is fair since it is not an easy job. Good plumbers are hard to find and there is a need for more people to learn the trade of plumbing. So if you are having a serious problem with your plumbing system that is when it is time to call in a plumbing professional or a plumbing contractor. There are some other great tools to have in your home that can help with more of the minor problems with leaky pipes is some good pipe sealing compound and some other adjustable wrenches and screwdrivers are also a must. If you want to tackle something a little harder you can use a pipe cutter and cut your own piping to replace a bad pipe in the drain of a sink. There are many websites that can give you tips and also many books as well that can give you step by step instructions in assisting you with your plumbing work.