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What Do You Need in Your New Home’s Toolkit?

The Philly housing market is booming, with 2020 predicted to be a buyer’s market. That’s great news for potential homebuyers, putting them one step closer to realizing the dream of homeownership.

But before moving day comes, be sure you have a toolkit stocked with the essentials to keep your new home in good repair. You really do need more than just a hammer and a screwdriver set. Even if you’re not a dedicated DIYer, there are certain tools you need to deal with life’s little emergencies.

At Joseph Giannone Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re familiar with typical home mishaps, and we know what it takes to fix them. With these extra tools stocked, you might not have to call a Philadelphia plumber for minor repairs, saving you time and money!

1) A Quality Plunger

Everyone’s familiar with a traditional plunger — that pink rubber cup on the end of a wooden stick. But the old standard isn’t the best. In fact, it’s not nearly as effective as a high-quality bulb-style plunger. A high-quality plunger has a tapered hole at the business end, letting it get a better seal on a variety of drain sizes. Investing in a good plunger now will help you bust clogs later.

2) Adjustable Wrench

You don’t have to get a pricey wrench set as long as you have a couple of sizes of adjustable wrench. Go for one long and one short handle so you can get extra torque when you need it but also fit in tight spaces. With an adjustable wrench, you’ll be able to tackle clogs in under-sink plumbing that the plunger doesn’t clear, along with many other quick home repairs.

3) A Headlamp

Wouldn’t be nice if all urgent home problems happened in broad daylight or in well-lit spaces? The hard truth is that they often occur during the dark of night, when the power goes off, or in small, enclosed places. Trust us, you don’t want to be juggling a hand flashlight when you’re trying to shut off your gas or water in an emergency. A good headlamp puts the light right where you need it, hands-free.

4) Stuff That Sticks — And Unsticks

In case you need to tackle a DIY plumbing repair, it’s good to have a couple of commonplace items on hand to keep you from having to run to the hardware store. One is plumber’s tape, good for getting a tight seal on a pipe. The other is a can of penetrating oil like Liquid Wrench or WD-40 for the opposite reason. Sometimes that adjustable wrench is going to need a little help.

If you run in to problems you can’t fix on your own, the experts at Giannone are ready to help. And how about giving yourself some peace of mind with a specialized plumbing and heating inspection before you buy that new home? Just use our convenient online scheduling system or call Giannone at (215) 375-7134 today.

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