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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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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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Some Common Plumbing Issues

 

Ever wonder if what you’re dealing with regarding your plumbing system is common? Below you’ll find the most common requests plumbers receive — and you can rest assured you’re not alone.

1 –Your toilet is leaking. Without question, this is one of the top issues that homeowners face with regard to plumbing issues. And because it can be a sign of a larger issue, it’s not one to be ignored. If your toilet is leaking at all, give your plumber a call so you can

2 – Your water lines are broken. Again, another frequent problem amongst home owners. What’s important to remember here is that you are responsible for issues affecting the main lines from your yard to the street. The city, however, is responsible for issues affecting lines from the street outward.

3 – Your sewer is clogged. This is trickier to diagnose. Homeowners don’t often notice a broken sewer line. However, if the clog is severe, sewage will begin backing up into your home. That’s why, if you do have a clog, it’s important to act fast.

Call your plumber immediately, and he or she can enlist a variety of options that best address your particular situation. First, they may pull the toilet or go through a “clean out drain” in your yard to loosen the clog. Or, they may use a sewer machine to try to clear the clog. If they can’t find the clog, your plumber may want to run a camera down the line to assess the situation. However, if the sewer is full, the camera cannot be used. That’s why, especially if you’re on a septic tank, that you have it emptied every 3-5 years.

Also, when a plumber can’t clear a clog completely, they may clear it enough to send a camera down to see if there is a break in the pipes. In addition, they may offer a service called “hydrojetting,” which is like an intense pressure washer hose being channeled down a drain to clean It out or to push out the clog to the line to the city where it can be dealt with.

4 – Your water heater is leaking. If this is the issue you’re facing, a few important questions are: How old is your water heater? Is it under warranty? Is the tank rusted out? Or is it just a valve issue? Why so many questions? Because most water heaters are only meant to last 7-10 years. If yours has passed its warranty and is older, it may be less expensive to purchase a new one than to fix it.

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Hard Water  – What’s the Big Deal?

Hard water, by definition, is water that has a high concentration of minerals like calcium and magnesium. And according to the US Geological Association, more than 89 percent of Americans have hard water in their homes. In contrast, the softest water can be found in parts of New England, the South Atlantic and Gulf regions, the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.

While the taste of hard water is preferred by many Americans, the damage that hard water can do to a home and its systems has not been lost on many homeowners. Consequently, the popularity of in-home water softeners continues to rise. While these in-home systems may seem extreme to some, there are reasonable arguments for installing a softener in your home. Due to significant mineral build up, there are real challenges that long-term hard water use can have in and on your home:

Washing your clothes in hard water can harm the fibers while making the clothes feel scratchy and looky dingy.

Mineral build up in your shower head can eventually cause clogs and reduce water pressure.

Soap scum on tubs, showers and other surfaces can sometimes cause permanent damage if not treated.

Build up in your coffeemaker and washing machines can make these appliances much less efficient and ultimately affect their valves and seals which can trigger leaks.

Damage to plumbing fixtures. Not only is the buildup unsightly around drains and faucets, the minerals can damage the internal mechanisms, causing potential leaks down the road.

Years of hard water use will cause build up, especially in steel pipes, resulting in increased water pressure and potential damage.

So what should you be doing if your home uses hard water? First, know that there are ways to minimize the harm of hard water on your appliances, clothes, etc. And second, develop a routine of preventative maintenance to reduce the damage to your home. In the next post on “Hard Water,” several of these options will be discussed for you to explore.

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Trending Kitchen Faucet Types and Features

 

What’s the latest in kitchen faucet trends? Read below for some great ideas for your kitchen.

Hands-Free Faucets. The faucet gods have delivered a solution for any person who’s ever made hamburger patties and didn’t want to touch the faucet handle to turn on the water with their raw-meat slathered hands. Yes, it’s true. The hands-free faucet is motion activated and will turn on with the motion of your hand in front of the sensor. If you’re in the market, look for hands-free faucets that a) have placed sensors at the front of the faucet instead of underneath or behind and b) have an option to switch to manual.

Tap-Only Faucets. Its name says it all. Meet the kissing cousin to the hands-free faucet. These tap-only faucets require just a tap to get the water flowing, making your time in the kitchen not only more convenient but more sanitary.

Pot-Filler Faucets. This is the faucet for those who are serious about cooking or for anyone who dreads carrying that big pot of water from the sink to the stove for fear there will be an accident – whether from tripping over your four-year old’s misplaced toy or your own feet. Basically, it’s a wall-mount faucet placed strategically over the stove to enable you to fill pots with water without leaving the stove.

Bar Faucets. These faucets have become much more popular with the rise of the kitchen island. A bar faucet in your island, or in a corner can be a huge help when more than one cook is in the kitchen, or if you need that extra space for food prep.

In-Faucet Filters. Tired of filling filtered pitchers or purchasing water bottles? This may be your answer. The In-faucet filter is exactly what it says – and will deliver filtered water to your cup or pitcher from the kitchen sink.

Soap Dispenser. Every sink has to have soap, the question is from where. If you want to reduce clutter around your kitchen sink, a soap dispenser may be something to consider. You can refill the dispenser under the sink, allowing you to keep product packaging out-of-sight and out-of-mind.

Hot Water Dispenser. With water dispensed at about 200 degrees Fahrenheit, a cup of hot tea is just moments away with a hot-water dispenser – what could be better?

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Cleaning Bathroom Mold & Mildew

So how do you prevent mold growth? The first step is to be vigilant about keeping your bathroom dry and well-ventilated. When you take a shower or bath, turn on your vent fan or even open a window. After bathing, make sure any accidentally spilled water is off the floor and your towel is hung up so that it can dry thoroughly. Don’t throw it down and let it sit in a corner – that’s asking for trouble. In addition, wiping the water around your sink up on a regular basis can help keep the moisture at bay.

But what to do if mold and mildew are already growing? There are several different options from borax to bleach, but one of the most natural and effective methods is using white vinegar. Believe it or not, vinegar reportedly can get rid of up to 82 percent of molds. So why not give it a try before bringing out the harsher chemicals?

If you’ve discovered mold growth in your bathroom, fill a small spray bottle with undiluted vinegar. Spray the area that you want to clean with vinegar and let it sit for up to two hours, but no less than one hour. Next, take a soft clean cloth and scrub the mold. If you need something stronger, a scouring pad or old toothbrush are great for this task as well.

After you’ve scrubbed away the mold, rinse the area thoroughly. If you can still see a few spots, mix a paste of three parts baking soda and one part water. Next, apply the paste to the hard-to-remove and hard-to-reach areas, then spray with white vinegar. Scrub with old toothbrush or scouring pad again and then rinse.

At this point, unless the mold is severe, you should have a clean area. In the case that you still have mold that’s not budging, it may be time to break out the bleach for further cleaning. If you do this, make sure that you’ve thoroughly rinsed the area with water so that the bleach and vinegar do not mix.

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Fall Home Maintenance Part Two: Your Home’s Exterior

 

While indoor home maintenance is critical as you prepare for the fall and winter months, your home’s exterior is equally important. There are key items that need to be checked to ensure you and your home are well-cared for this winter.

Clean your gutters and downspout. If this isn’t on your annual to-do list, it should be. If the gutters or downspouts are full or clogged, rain water doesn’t flow as it should through your gutter system, thus it will overflow from the gutter straight to the ground below which can mean trouble for your foundation. Too much water at the base of your foundation is a breeding ground for many issues, including a cracked foundation.

Inspect the roof. Now’s a great time of year to identify and replace any missing or damaged shingles. If you are comfortable doing this, great. Otherwise, hire a trusted professional.

Weatherize windows. Again, a good time for making sure screens and weather-stripping are in good shape and ready for cold temperatures.

Inspect the perimeter of the house. Take a stroll around the house to inspect your foundation and grading. If soil has washed away from the base of the foundation, now’s the time to refill it, making sure the grade declines away from your home.

Repair and seal driveway. Before cold weather hits, you need to inspect your driveway and walkways for cracks and damage.

Clean the deck. After a summer full of activity, including small kids, family gatherings and pets, your deck deserves a good cleaning. Break out the pressure washer and make her shine.

Cover and store outdoor furniture. Take advantage of the beautiful weather to clean your outdoor furniture and store what you won’t be using this winter. When spring arrives, it will be ready to be put to work.

Bring latex paint inside. Many people don’t realize that freezing weather can and will ruin latex paint.

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Fall Home Maintenance – Part One

As you say goodbye to August and hello to September, now is a good time to begin preparing your fall home maintenance list. With school activities, football games, holidays and family gatherings, there’s little time to complete these important tasks. To lend you a hand, the next few posts are dedicated to important tasks to schedule and complete this fall. So mark this page and read on!

Your Indoor Checklist:

Clean your refrigerator. Fall means family and friends’ gatherings. You’ll want to make sure you refrigerator is doing its job. So break out your favorite cleaners and some old-fashioned elbow grease. You can do it!

Clean your stove and oven. From baking pumpkin pies and chocolate chip cookies to roasting that turkey and Grandma’s favorite casserole, your oven will be seeing its share of activity this fall as well. Get it ready to shine!

Inspect the furnace. Have a heating professional inspect your furnace to ensure there’s no damage and that all is ready for the chilly weather ahead.

Clean your clothes washer. If you haven’t already done this, now’s a good time. Just check your owner’s manual for any specifics related to your model and get cleaning.

Check your dryer exhaust tube and vent for lint and debris. Clothes dryers can be a hazard if they aren’t well maintained. If you aren’t sure how to complete this task, contact a professional who can make sure your dryer will work safely into the next year.

Clean out your laundry room. Because dryers can be a hazard, keeping your laundry
room clean and free of extra clutter is another positive step in making sure your home is safe.

Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This is a no-brainer. You can test them if you’ve recently replaced batteries. However, if you’re not sure you last changed batteries, toss the batteries and install new ones. A few extra dollars could save your family and your home.

Clean out your mudroom. This one’s simple. Remove all the summer items like pool towels, sunscreen and flips flops and make room for gloves, coats and hats.

Clean your chimney. Contact a professional who can ensure your chimney is ready for the first fire of fall.

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Preventing Damage to Your Foundation

 

When was the last time you thought about the health of your home’s foundation? Unfortunately, until there’s a problem, many homeowners don’t give it much consideration. However, the state of your foundation can directly impact how well your home ages.

In order to keep your foundation strong, there are a few things that you can do. First, the soil grading around your home should decline away from your home. This prevents pooling of water around your foundation. If you find that the grading angles toward your home, call a professional to assess your options.

Next, your downspouts and gutters are critical components in the battle to keep your foundation healthy, yet they are often taken for granted. Their job is to move rain and roof water away from your home rather than allowing it to sink into the ground at the base of your foundation.

And, with fall approaching, it’s important to plan a time to remove the leaves from your gutters. Why? Gutters full of leaves keep the water from running through the gutters to the downspouts, taking the water away from the home. Instead, the water will overflow from the gutters directly to the base of your foundation, potentially creating serious issues.

Especially during a drought, keep the soil immediately your home moist enough such that it does not dry out completely. If clay, for example, dries out and then is soaked in a rain shower at a later time, the clay is apt to expand and put tension on the foundation wall.

Next, plant those large shrubs and trees a slight distance away from your home. By doing so, you can help prevent the competition for water between the plants roots and the soil around the perimeter of your home. If the roots of your shrubs are competing with the moisture needed to keep the soil moist around your home, you may identify damage to the foundation via cracks in your dry wall and windows and doors that won’t open and close easily.

In conjunction with all of the above, scheduling regular plumbing and foundation inspections with a professional is always a good idea.

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Backyard Water Games for Kids

August has arrived with a vengeance. Its heat and humidity are reminders that summer isn’t ready to give up its reign anytime soon. And after two months of free time under their belts, kids are looking for new things to do to keep them entertained. Don’t let the temptation to stay inside all day and watch screens win! Outdoor play is so important for children’s health and development – not to mention your sanity.

In that vain, below are a few outdoor games that revolve around water and will keep them cool and entertained. The one item you’ll need to purchase is water balloons. The more the better, so look for the popular new water balloon product that fills up dozens in 90 seconds or less using an outdoor faucet. You can set the games up for them and let them go – or jump in and join the fun!

Hot potato – Sometimes old standbys are old standbys for a reason. They’re fun!! To add to the excitement, let water balloons be the “hot potato”!

Sponge Bombs – While you’re purchasing those balloons, buy a half dozen or more inexpensive sponges. Proceed home to get the kids to help you cut them up. Then fill up two buckets with water and drop half of them in one bucket and the remaining in the other bucket to absorb as much water as possible. Place the kids on opposing sides, blow the whistle and let the sponge-bomb free-for-all begin!

Parachute – If you have one of the fabric parachutes used by kindergarten and elementary classes to toss balls in the air during recess, go grab it and substitute water balloons instead! If you don’t have a parachute, an old sheet or beach towel can work too!

Water Balloon Baseball – This one is pretty straightforward. Get one of your children’s plastic bats and use water balloons instead of baseballs for batting practice. That will get them practicing their aim!!

Ready to get started?! Go get those water balloons and let the fun begin!

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