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Presenting a Plumbing Gift Basket for a Housewarming Gift

Construction & Contractors Blog

Do you have a friend or family member that has recently moved into their very own home for the first time? If so, you're probably looking for ideas about what to give that person as a housewarming gift. Instead of adding another houseplant or casserole dish to what's likely an already growing collection, give them a plumbing gift basket instead. Here, you'll find a short list of the things to include in the basket to prepare them for some of the plumbing problems they'll face.

A Plumber's Contact Information

One thing that your friend will need at some point is the number to a good plumber. Including the contact information for a plumber that you may have worked with in the past will help your friend know who to call in the event of an emergency. This will help him or her avoid making the wrong decision when calling for help in a hurry.

If you don't already know of any plumbing and heating professionals in the area, do some research and find out who would be good to recommend to your friend.


Don't let your friend be one of those people that use the same plunger in the sinks as is used in the toilet. Pick up two plungers for the gift basket: a full-size one for the toilet and a smaller one, or one of a different color, for the sinks and bathtubs. If there isn't something different about the two plungers, they can easily get mixed up and your friend could end up plunging the kitchen sink with the plunger that has unstopped the toilet a day earlier—gross!

Plumbing Snake

A plumbing snake can help to break free difficult clogs. A general plumbing snake isn't very big because it's not really meant to be used to clean out the drains, just to free the clogs that are preventing them from draining.

If you're concerned that your friend won't know how to use a plumbing snake, go online and look up the instructions. You'll be able to find informational sheets that sometimes have diagrams for how to properly use the tool. Print this sheet out and include it in the basket.


Your friend will need wrenches of different sizes, but to get them started, pick up one larger and one smaller wrench. These are simple enough tools, so your friend should be able to use it without instructions, but if you aren't sure, go ahead and print out a basic instructional sheet for them.

One of the most difficult things to deal with when you've moved out on your own is the household emergencies that will occur. Hopefully, this gift basket will give your friend a good start on knowing how to handle plumbing emergencies in their new home.


3 January 2019