When a plumber does his job, he needs the right tools to do it well. These include both hand and power tools.
This blog post is going to cover how you can maintain these plumbing tools in order for them to work best when they are needed most.
Based on use frequency, you will learn what materials you need and how often they should be cleaned or replaced.
How to Maintain Plumbing Tools: 7 Tips
1) Use A Detergent
Detergents are great for removing dirt and other types of stains from tools. Detergents that are specifically designed for cleaning tools are typically best. Just add a little bit of the detergent to your tool and scrub it using either an old toothbrush or bristled brush (if one is attached). Once you’re done, rinse off any excess soap with water and let the tool air dry before putting them away in storage.
If you don’t want to use a store bought cleaner, another option is making your own. One good mixture is mixing three parts baking soda with one part vinegar which should be enough for light stains and dirt on most types of tools like sponges, brushes, etc. If it’s tougher messes that need to be cleaned, then increase the proportion of baking soda to more like four parts baking soda, just one part vinegar.
2) Use Alcohol
Alcohol can be used to kill germs and keep your tools sanitary. Tools like sponges, brushes, etc., that are soaked in alcohol should still air dry before putting them away so the alcohol doesn’t get all over everything else while it evaporates off of the tool.
If you don’t want to use an alcoholic cleaner or even make your own mixture of water with a little bit of bleach (which is also good for killing germs), then just plain old soap and water will do too! Just make sure whatever type of cleaning solution you’re using completely dries before storing any tools after washing.
To help kill more types of bacteria on some surfaces where there isn’t much airflow between storage and use, you can always add a little bit of bleach to the solution.
An alternative is using hydrogen peroxide which also kills germs and bacteria while having less harsh effects on metal surfaces/tools than chlorine-based cleaners like bleach do.
3) Check Hoses
You should regularly inspect your hoses and make sure that they aren’t getting too old, brittle, or worn down to the point where they no longer work. If you see any wear and tear on a hose, then consider replacing it with a new one, so you don’t have to deal with potential water damage due to burst/leaking plumbing tools in the future when doing maintenance jobs.
It also helps extend their life if you drain them after each use, so mold doesn’t start growing inside of them over time, which many people forget about until it’s too late! Not properly draining your hoses can lead to clogged-up drains that take much more effort than necessary just because someone didn’t bother to learn how to maintain plumbing tools for the job.
Then use a hose that has been properly drained and doesn’t contain any water in it as you clean out your equipment with either soap and water or other cleaning solutions mentioned before.
4) Remove Tools Before You Turn The Water On
This is probably the simplest tip of all but many people still forget about it. When you’re working on a job and need to use water for one reason or another, make sure that your tools are emptied out first before turning the water back on!
This prevents any nasty surprises where you accidentally get sprayed by dirty/unwanted substances from your plumbing equipment, which can potentially cause serious damage to whatever surface they hit and hurt someone if they got in their eyes. By just emptying out your tool first thing when arriving at a new job site, then there’s no risk whatsoever of getting anything inside of them unexpectedly.
That way, nothing bad happens while doing maintenance jobs around houses with both cold and hot water present at all times.
5) Keep Tools In Good Shape
Your tools should also be in good shape and ready to use at all times. Not doing so can not only waste time by having to stop what you’re doing and get a replacement but it’s just dangerous too!
If any of your plumbing tools are rusted or corroded, they risk shattering when used, which no one wants because it could potentially cause harm/injury while on the job. Replacing them ASAP if you notice any rust or corrosion is key before using them again after properly cleaning them off with soap, water, and alcohol from the earlier steps mentioned above.
Tools need not only be maintained for safety reasons but also for efficiency as well since it’ll take less effort overall to complete plumbing jobs if you’re not spending time trying to repair or replace faulty equipment.
6) Keep Tools Organized
If you don’t properly organize your plumbing tools, then it’ll be harder to quickly find the ones you need on the fly when working.
You also want to make sure that no one else gets hold of them or borrows them without asking, which can lead to all sorts of trouble if they didn’t bother cleaning off any leftover build-up from previous jobs, etc, before using it themselves again! It’s always best practice to keep track of where each tool is located for safety and efficiency reasons mentioned earlier.
7) Maintain Tools Every So Often
Maintaining tools every so often helps them last longer and function better. If you neglect your plumbing equipment, it’ll become less effective and risk breaking on the job, which can cause an array of issues to deal with immediately, etc.
It’s best practice to inspect, clean, and replace parts as needed using the steps listed earlier in this blog post for how to maintain plumbing tools properly before doing maintenance jobs around houses with both cold and hot water present at all times.
By just making sure that they are ready when arriving at a new job site, there is no risk whatsoever of getting anything inside of them unexpectedly nor does anyone have any excuses now if their gear becomes damaged or malfunctions on the fly during a job while working with both cold and hot water present at all times.
How Often Do You Need To Clean Your Plumbing Tools?
This is a very common question that many people ask, especially when it comes to cleaning plumbing equipment. The answer varies depending on which tools you are using and how often they are being used or if they have any damage/corrosion issues which could cause them to break unexpectedly while working with both cold and hot water present at all times.
If your tools aren’t well maintained, then expect problems like not having enough time for everything before the big rush of customers come in during peak hours, etc! Having poorly cleaned up plumbing equipment also makes it harder to spot potential safety hazards around houses with both cold and hot water present at all times since there’s build-up left behind from previous jobs plus other materials (rust, dirt, grease), etc.
The best way to determine how often you need to clean your equipment is by first understanding what tools are being used and then inspecting them closely for any issues before using them again. In most cases, it all depends on experience as a plumber since they have been doing this job for so long that the necessary maintenance steps become second nature after years of practice!
Tools such as wrenches or screwdrivers should be cleaned at least once per week if not more frequently, depending on usage, while others like clamps can last much longer without needing attention because they’re barely ever touched during plumbing jobs around houses with both cold and hot water present at all times.
Inspecting each tool’s condition regularly helps ensure that no one gets hurt from poorly maintained ones that could break unexpectedly while working with both cold and hot water present at all times. You should also disinfect them with rubbing alcohol to kill off any potential germs or bacteria that may have found their way into your tools before using them again!