It’s likely that at some point, you’ll have to call a plumber: whether it’s for a leaky faucet, pipe replacement or a new bathroom in your basement. However, you can reduce likelihood of major damage. Here are some ways to reduce the number of visits from plumbers and the severity of your repairs.
According to the US Department of Agriculture, tree roots cause more than 50% of all sewer blockages, costing money for both the root removal and pipe repair. Continue reading to learn more about this issue, what to do about it, and how to prevent it.
What is the number one reason people call a plumber? If you guessed a clogged drain, congratulations, you are correct! Whether it is in your bathroom, kitchen or drain pipes, a clogged drain can ruin anyone’s day. Check out these items that you should never put down your drain!
Common Drain Cloggers that Require a Plumber
You will want to avoid flushing the following items or pouring them down your drains unless sewage backup is something you enjoy.
- Disposable diapers
- Feminine hygiene products
- “Flushable” wipes
- Coffee Grounds
- Paper products (besides toilet paper)
- Food particles
- Oil (cooking)
You will also want to avoid pouring hazardous waste and chemicals down your drains. These include gasoline, motor oil, antifreeze, pesticides, fertilizers, paint, etc.
Common Clogs By Room
The most common clog found in bathrooms are caused by hair buildup. Try to remove clumps of hair from drains whenever you notice them. A buildup of soap and toothpaste can also cause clogs in bathrooms. The regular use of a safe enzyme-based drain cleaner product such as BioClean can help prevent slow drains and stoppages, call (866) 844-3770 to schedule an appointment, to learn more!
Clogged drains occur in the kitchen more than any other room in your home. These clogs can be caused by a number of different factors, but most often happen because people pour the wrong items down the drain. Liquid fats are one of the main culprits and should never be poured down your drains. Additionally, avoid putting things like egg shells, coffee grounds, bones, pasta, celery or other stringy foods in your garbage disposal.
If you should encounter a serious clog, simply call (866) 844-3770 and one of our expert plumbers will come to the rescue!
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Let’s face it; your bathroom is probably the dirtiest room in your home. No matter how hard you scrub, how many expensive cleaning products or chemicals you buy, your bathroom never seems clean enough. (And that’s not even taking into account all of the germs and bacteria you don’t see!)
Well, there’s good news! Cleaning your bathroom doesn’t have to be a big expensive chore anymore. You can easily deep clean your whole bathroom, with common items already found in your home. You’ll love how these time and money saving tips transform your dirty old bathroom, into one of the cleanest rooms in your home.
- Floss Away Grime
Doesn’t it seem that no matter how hard you scrub around your faucet; you can never get rid of all that grime collected around the base? The answer is to stop scrubbing and start flossing. That’s right, simple dental floss is the key to ridding yourself of unsightly grime. Simply take a long piece of floss, wrap it around the base of your faucet and floss away! Once you’ve completed your flossing you just have to wipe away the loosened grime from around your faucet.
2. The Lemon Trick
Remove old water stains from the chrome in your shower, by gently scrubbing them with a lemon. Your faucets will look like brand new!
3. Hassle Free Exhaust Fan Cleaning
Now the exhaust fan may not be high on your cleaning checklist, but a clean exhaust fan means there is less dust and debris floating around, which will improve your air quality. Additionally, a clean fan will perform more efficiently and you’ll notice the difference, once you’ve cleaned your exhaust fan.
I’m sure the idea of cleaning that old, dirty exhaust fan sounds like a lot of fun to you, but it truly is a lot easier than you might think. All you need is a can of compressed air, the kind you use to clean your keyboard. Tilt the can up toward the exhaust fan and blow away all of the dirt. Just be sure to stand back, so you don’t a get a face full of falling debris.
- Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush
Another item you might be forgetting to clean is your toothbrush. Your toothbrush is probably one of the dirtiest items in your bathroom. Each time you brush your teeth, you’re adding to the bacteria, growing on your brush.
Furthermore, if you’re leaving your brush next to your sink and you’re not using some kind of toothbrush cover, you’re adding, even more, germs and bacteria to your brush. Each time you flush the toilet; germs and airborne particles are released into the air and will often land right on your toothbrush.
So as you can see, it’s very important to clean your toothbrush. The easiest way to clean your brush is too dip it in mouthwash; mouthwash is designed to remove germs and bacteria. Additionally, consider investing in a toothbrush cover or storing your brush somewhere besides next to your sink, to protect it from airborne particles.
- The Other Brush
Now that you’ve taken care of your toothbrush, it’s time to focus your attention on a different kind of brush. It’s no surprise that your toilet brush is crawling with germs, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Simply pour a little all-purpose cleaner over the brush, while it’s in the holder and store the brush until you need it again.
- Ditch Your Traditional Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Toilet bowl cleaners never seem to get your bowl clean enough. So, ditch the cleaner and head to your fridge! Coca-Cola works like sparkling magic on your bowl, and it’s a lot cheaper than most toilet cleaners.
Speaking of ditching traditional cleaners, let’s go ahead and toss out that toxic smelling bathroom cleaner. Instead, try making your own cleaner by adding equal parts dish soap and white vinegar in a spray bottle. This stuff works and smells better than the bathroom cleaners you’re using too.
- Unclog Your Drain Effortlessly
If your drain is clogged you can pour half a box of baking soda and ½ a cup of vinegar down the drain, use a drain stop or rag to plug the drain and keep the mixture from overflowing the drain, wait 30-45 minutes and pour boiling water down the drain. This mixture works better than chemicals! You can repeat this process 2-3 times if necessary, but if this trick doesn’t work, it might be time to consult a professional.
Try these eight simple and cheap cleaning tips and watch your bathroom transform before your eyes.