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Is Your Shower Drain Clogged?

 

Have you noticed the water draining slowing in your bathtub or shower? If the answer is yes, then you need to act immediately. A small problem in a drain can quickly worsen, so take steps to keep the problem under control. Otherwise, you may end up with a clogged shower, a foul odor and even mold.

First, how can you know there is a blockage? As mentioned above, your bathtub or shower is draining noticeably slower than normal. Or, the water in the shower is not draining at all, to the extent that the water rises above your feet. Finally, you smell an objectionable odor in the area close to the shower or bathtub. Once you’ve determined that you have a blockage, what next? Here are a few ideas:

Is there is an obvious reason? Has hair built up and clogged the drain? Or maybe their is a build up of shampoo, conditioner AND hair. If yes, remove the hair or obstructing object and see if water will now drain properly.

Use a Plunger. If you are comfortable giving the plunger a try, then by all means go for it. If you’re new to plunging, you’ll need to fill the shower or bathtub with a small amount of water. Once the water covers the bottom of the plunger, begin making up and down movements with the plunger. After no more than 6 plunges, stop and see if the water is draining away.

Try Baking Soda and Vinegar. Pour one cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by one cup of warmed vinegar. You will hear, and possible see the chemical reaction and this handy duo doing their job. Let the soda and vinegar sit in the drain for 5-10 minutes and then pour a half gallon of hot water down the drain. You can repeat this method several times if necessary.

Call a Professional Plumber. If neither of the above options works, you’ll need to call a professional to address the issue.

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Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Bathroom Design Trends

With each new year comes a round of new design trends for consumers to embrace. If you’re looking for a few ways to upgrade your bathroom, whether you’re planning to sell your home, or you just want to change things up a bit, this blog series is for you. To learn what 2018 holds with regard to bathroom design, read on.

Monochromatic colors? Yes please. Are you someone who has a hard time determining what colors to mix for an attractive room palette? Worry no more. Design on a single color and choose varying shades to use in your bathroom and you’re on trend. From white to indigo blue to gray, go grab some paint chips-your life just got easier.

Bring on the Color. While monochromatic color is in, so is color itself. While there will always be those who enjoy the subtlety of organic tones, 2018 has arrived giving those who love bright, colorful baths and even kitchen permission to give it a go. Green, indigo, orange, yellow? whatever your pleasure, grab that paint brush and get to it

Stand-alone tubs? Perhaps the days of claw foot tubs are not completely back, but they’re getting pretty close. Stand-alone and sunken tubs are the way homeowners are creating a spa-like environment in their own homes. Whether in the bathroom or in the master bedroom, you’ll begin finding stand-alone tubs creeping back into homes this year.

Black is back. So brass managed to make a come-back, and now black fixtures have too. Especially with the monochromatic trend in play, black fixtures add a nice crisp pop and contrast to keep things interesting.

Ledge storage for the win. While storage has been making a comeback for a while, the ledge storage that we’ve all been using to lean photos and artwork on in our living rooms and bedrooms has made its way to the bathroom. Install it over your sink or toilet, whatever you please. But more storage options are reason to be excited.

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 Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

Fall Home Maintenance Part Three: Your Lawn

There’s no question that home maintenance is critical to retaining the value of your home. And a vital part of your home’s curb appeal is your lawn and landscape. To make sure your yard is prepared to look its best next spring, you’ll need to take a few steps.

Keep watering and mowing. Your lawn will love you for this. As it prepares to go dormant for winter, its soaking up all the water and nutrients it can to support it through the winter.

Aerate. By allowing oxygen, water and fertilizer into the soil, aerating will help keep your lawn looking beautiful. If you don’t have an aerator of your own, you can often rent one from a local home and garden store, like Home Depot or Lowes.

Fertilize. Want a thick, green lawn next spring? Experts say mid to late fall is the best time for fertilizing. This will help your grass grow deeper, stronger roots.

Control weeds. Apply an herbicide in early fall to ensure you’re not dealing with weeds come Spring.

Rake leaves. As the leaves fall, take the time to remove them quickly so that they don’t sit too long on your healthy lawn. Wet leaves from rain or morning dew create a prime environment for mold and fungus growth.

Fill in bald spots. Everyone one has a spot or two that just needs a little extra help. Grab your rake and scratch up the bald spots, then follow with a lawn repair mixture, which is a combination of grass seed, quick start fertilizer and organic mulch.

Plant flowering bulbs. For beautiful spring tulips and day lilies, now is the time to plant. So go pick your favorites from the garden store and start planting!

Cut your grass short. Towards the end of fall, begin cutting your grass short to help your grass look it’s best throughout the winter while minimizing chances for snow mold growth.

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 Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

10 Ways to Save Water Outdoors – Part One

 

Summer is often the time of the year when many homeowners work to find ways to conserve water usage. Ideas to save water indoors are relatively easy to come up with and apply, but outdoors takes a little more creativity. Below are the first five of ten ideas in a two-part series to help you save water outdoors this summer.

Be careful not to overwater your lawn. For a healthy lawn, experts recommend watering every 5-7 days. If your lawn gets a good soaking rain, you may be able to go up to two weeks without watering your lawn.

Strategically plan your watering times. For best absorption and the least waste, water your lawn in the morning. The cooler air in the mornings can reduce evaporation, which means you won’t need to water your lawn as long.

Carefully place your sprinklers. Though it may seem picky, placing your sprinklers “just so” is critically important to reducing your water usage. The fact is that any water that lands on your driveway, sidewalk or adjacent road is wasted and not working for your lawn.

Raise your lawnmower blade. A beautifully manicured lawn doesn’t have to be cut super short. In fact, a little bit taller grass not only looks lush, but it also helps your grass grow deeper roots and hold soil moisture better.

Don’t over fertilize your lawn. Everyone loves deep green grass, but a little bit of quality fertilizer can go a long way. If you limit the amount of fertilizer you use, you can save money on fertilizer as well as water because the more fertilizer you apply, the more water it requires.

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Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

 

 

 

Water Overload in the Yard by Go Green Plumbing

Ever notice that when it rains you suddenly have ponds or rivers around your house, yard or landscape? These areas might be fun for the kids or your pets to play in, but they can mean trouble for your home, grass and landscaped areas.

So, why does all that water hang around? As with so many things in life, gravity controls a lot. Low areas or dips around our home or yards, will cause water to naturally run to these sections. When the soil isn’t able to handle extra water it can’t absorb, the result is standing water. If water pools near our home’s foundations, it can leak into our basement or crawl space causing mold and mildew to grow, drawing pests, and damage basement interiors. Standing water in our yards and landscapes can also rot grass roots, and damage or kill plants.download

The solution is to move this water away from these lower sections around our home or landscape. To do that you would need to install a French drain, also called a curtain, perimeter or agricultural drain. A French drain is a trench that is dug at a slight slope then filled with gravel and a perforated pipe. This drain allows excess water, that the soil can’t absorb, to run into the trench and be diverted slowly to another area of your property.

The cost of a French drain can vary depending on the length of the drain and the amount of materials needed. If the French drain is needed to draw water away from your basement, you might also have to invest in a sump pump. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, you may be able to save some on labor costs. However, keep in mind that this project does require a bit of digging, and if you need to cover a larger area, possibly the rental of a backhoe.

As with all projects, discussing it with a professional who can advise you on the best, and most cost effect way to complete the project, is always a good idea.

Have more questions? Call us- we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day.  If water runs through it – We Do It!

Cleaning with natural, home-made household cleaners by Go Green Plumbing

Recently we discussed some of the problems with using harsh household cleaners. So, if we want to use less harmful cleaners, where do we find them or can we make them ourselves? All we need to do is take a short step back in time to see what our mothers and our grandmothers used for cleaning supplies. And, you may be surprised to find, that you have some of these in your cupboards and pantries right now.download

White vinegar, baking soda and Borax? Who of us hasn’t heard of these items? Well, white vinegar isn’t just for cleaning your coffee maker, and baking soda has way more uses than keeping your refrigerator smelling fresh. White vinegar can be used as an all purpose cleaner for kitchens and baths. Don’t like the smell? Try adding tea tree or citrus essential oils. Not only do they help neutralize the vinegar smell, but they also have great antibacterial and antimicrobial benefits which make them great to use on kitchen and bathroom surfaces.

Baking soda combined with vinegar can be used as a drain cleaner. Mix a 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup baking soda and pour into your drain. Follow up with a 1/4 cup baking soda washed down your drains every week or so to prevent buildup and clogs. Making a paste of baking soda and water can remove stains from shower grout and be used as an oven cleaner. It can also be used to freshen carpet, laundry, trash cans and more. If you start looking you will find that it can be a great household cleaner to have on hand.

But what about Borax? Some might think that it would be unsafe, but it is a naturally occurring mineral that isn’t absorbed through the skin, doesn’t accumulate in the body and is safe for the environment. You also might not know of its many cleaning benefits. It can be used as a carpet cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, tub and shower cleaner, rust remover, and much more.

Along with the above items, essential oils are gaining in popularity for their many health benefits and cleaning uses. Besides adding a wonderful scents to our homes, they are great germicides, antibacterials, antiseptics and degreasers. Using these in home-made cleaners will keep our homes germ free and smelling like the outdoors. So, take a step outside your norm, do a little research, and you’ll find that you can make your cleaning process a healthier one for you, your home, and the environment.

Household Cleaners:  Taking Control of Their Impact on You, Your Home and Environment

It’s no secret that we all enjoy living in a clean, germ-free home.  That’s why we’re always looking for household cleaners that will effectively disinfect surfaces and keep our homes free of harmful organisms while removing dust and big and small stains.  But beware. Many household cleaners can also negatively impact your family’s health and environment.clean-counter

From watery eyes and skin rashes to chemical burns and respiratory irritation, reactions to certain household cleaners happen all too often. Even bleach — though a popular cleaner and disinfectant — if not handled carefully, can be hazardous. For example, if bleach is accidentally mixed with ammonia, chlorine, lye or acids, (all of which can be found in oven cleaners and toilet bowl cleaners) the combination can be toxic.

While cleaners can impact homeowners’ health, it’s not surprising that some can cause incremental damage to our home and its surroundings as well. Harsh drain cleaners — while effectively unclogging your drain — can also damage your pipes.  Even the suds and residue from cleaners, soaps and shampoos can build up over time, causing clogs while weakening your plumbing.

Unfortunately, even when the best efforts are made to limit exposure to our environment, it’s difficult for even the most conscientious homeowner to prevent some of the cleaners from entering community water systems. For example, chemicals from drain and other household cleaners are washed or flushed down our drains into our water system each time we clean.  Although most pollutants are removed by waste treatment facilities, nitrogen, phosphorus and ammonia remain. The result is an overgrowth of vegetation and algae in our waterways that can harm wildlife.

All that said, there are times we may need to use some of these powerful chemicals for cleaning. The goal though, is to be aware of the effect they can have on us and our environment so that you can benefit from their strength while limiting their negative impact on your family, home and environment. By limiting their usage, it also encourages you, the homeowner, to identify more natural ways to keep your home spotless.

Wondering what some of those natural cleaning remedies are? Make sure to check out our next blog where we will be touching on natural, effective ways to keep your humble abode clean!