Tips on plumbing work in your home that you can perform on your own

Doing your own plumbing work can be a complicated project that demands a lot of skill. In many cases, it's best to call the plumber like A and C Plumbing when problems arise with your pipes. However, if you are experienced and feel confident in handling the plumbing in your house, it's possible to do a lot of work yourself. In order to do so, there are a few things you can think about to make the procedure easier for yourself.

Plunging the sink

Removing a sink trap is one of the most common procedures you have to do with the plumbing in your home. It's one of the first things you should do if the sink is clogged, and therefore it's something that needs to be done quite often. However, it can also be a messy procedure, as water and old food might have gathered in the trap, meaning there's a risk of making a mess as you pull the trap out of the sink. To prevent this, you should make sure to plunge the trap before you attempt to take it out. This pushes water away and leaves the trap dry. If you have a double sink, you should plug one of them in order to maintain proper air pressure as you're plunging the other.

Insulating sinks

Another common issue in residential plumbing systems is that different components of the system make a lot of noise, which can be annoying. One of the most common culprits of these noises is the sink. Your sink or sinks work almost like drums, meaning the softest clucking noise coming from the pipes can be made immensely louder as the sink amplifies such noises. To prevent this, you can cover the underside of your sink with expanding foam. This insulates the sink and removes its acoustic abilities. If you have two sinks, you should be extra thorough with filling the space between the sinks, as this is where a lot of noise is created when the sinks are amplifying each other's vibrations.

Removing hard objects in the toilet

Removing things that has been dropped in the toilet is another common plumbing situation you should be able to perform on your own. Soft things or ordinary clogs are easiest solved with plunging. However, if the object that has been dropped in the toilet is hard or small, plunging might only force them further down in the pipes. If you've dropped an object like this, you should use a vacuum cleaner that can handle wet conditions instead. It'll be easier to pick the dropped object up from inside the vacuum cleaner and it's also gentler on your pipes as they won't have to be scratched by the hard object.