DIY Plumbing

A&T HVAC is here to save you time, money, and headaches! We’ve selected some of our favorite DIY Plumbing tips to help you secure your home without our help.

We know DIY plumbing can be a scary thing to our customers if you don’t know what you’re doing. So, that’s where A&T HVAC can help you subside your fears and take control of your plumbing. We have selected some of our favorite tips and tricks you could use to stretch your dollar while fixing your home. Generally, these tips cost under 20 dollars which will save you from calling plumbers that will surely cost more. We know it may sound crazy that plumbers are giving out tips for free, but we want you to protect your home no matter what. If you have a real emergency, we hope you contact A&T.

Pipe Insulation

Some pipes may get caught if moved and shut off the valves. For example, a kitchen sink that has a sink sprayer is our biggest culprit. To combat this pesky movement, add pipe insulation to make the move seamless and easy. If the insulation won’t stay or hold on, simply tape it to the pipes. Normally, insulation costs three dollars.

Pesky Loud Pipes

Hot water can cause copper pipes to expand causing the pipes to grind against hangers and joists. So, we recommend using adhesive-backed felt, then tying the felt around the pipes where the hangers are to reduce and potentially stop the noise.

Drain Vacuum

Hard objects fall into drains and toilets all the time. Trust us, we’ve seen it all. Sometimes a plunger may not be able to get a toothbrush or a toy our of a drain. This is where the drain vacuum comes into play. Suck out the water, and grab the object!

Bucket Flush

When on a plumbing project, try not to run to your neighbors to evacuate. Instead, fill up a gallon bucket with water before turning off your water supply. Flush by dumping the bucket into the toilet. it’s as effective as flushing, although the water will not refill.

A Picture’s Worth…

The walls in your home cover the pipes and plumbing. Because of this, you may tend to forget where the pipes and electrical work are located. Whenever you are remolding, take photos of the inside of the walls to know for certain where the plumbing is located. This helps find piping with ease and reduce headaches while searching.

Clear The Trap

Before you remove your kitchen sink’s trap, plunge it. We recommend giving your drain a few pulls with your toilet plunger. Generally, the plunging will push the water out of the trap, lessening the mess. If the strainer isn’t a screw-down, be prepared to hold it down.

Laslty, A&T HVAC knows a slew of tips and tricks for DIY plumbing and would love to share them all with you.