Handy DIY Plumbing Tips from M and M Experts


At M and M Heating, AC, Plumbing & Electrical, we understand that minor plumbing issues can often be tackled with a bit of DIY know-how. While we always recommend calling in professionals for major repairs or installations, here are some handy tips to help you tackle common plumbing problems in your Firestone, CO or Frederick, CO home.

Unclogging Drains

  • Try using a plumbing snake to dislodge clogs in sinks, tubs, and showers. Gently insert the snake into the drain and crank the handle to break through the clog.
  • For stubborn clogs, use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by 1 cup of vinegar. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then flush with hot water.

Fixing Leaky Faucets

  1. Turn off the water supply to the faucet by closing the shutoff valves under the sink or behind the faucet.
  2. Disassemble the faucet by removing the handle, stem, and faucet cartridge or valve.
  3. Clean or replace the washers, O-rings, or cartridges as needed.
  4. Reassemble the faucet and turn the water back on, checking for leaks.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

  • Insulate exposed pipes in unheated areas, such as attics, crawl spaces, and exterior walls.
  • During extremely cold weather, allow a trickle of water to run from faucets supplied by exposed pipes.
  • Open cabinet doors in the kitchen and bathroom to allow warm air to circulate around plumbing.


While these DIY tips can help you tackle minor plumbing issues, it’s essential to know your limits. For major repairs or installations, it’s always best to call in a professional plumber from M and M Heating, AC, Plumbing & Electrical. Our experienced technicians are equipped to handle any plumbing job, big or small, in the Firestone, CO and Frederick, CO areas.

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