How to Clear Clogged Drains

Raise your hand if your drains are draining you!  My hand is raised.  My long hair is my worst enemy for my drains – so when I read this article – I had to share.  Thanks for reading – Sabrina.

 

Have standing water in your shower or a clogged sink drain? It could be a lot easier than you think to get the water draining again. Here are a few things to try (besides harsh chemicals) to unclog a drain before you call the plumber.

Clearing a Clogged Kitchen Drain

If you’ve got a clogged kitchen sink, chances are, it’s caused by grease or food particles, or a combination of both.

1. Start by Boiling Water

If you’ve got a partially clogged sink, wait until all of the water drains and then carefully pour at least two quarts of very hot or boiling water (hot tap water won’t do it) down the drain. Repeat if it doesn’t work the first time.

2. Get out the Plunger

If hot water doesn’t work, it’s time to try a plunger–a standard cup plunger works best. If you have a double kitchen sink, seal the second drain with a stopper or wet cloth. Otherwise, the plunger will simply send the water up into the second sink instead of down the drain pipe.

If necessary, fill the sink with enough water to cover the bottom of the plunger. Place the plunger over the drain, and make sure there is a good seal against the sink. Work plunger straight up down and up in quick strokes to clear the clog.

Clearing a Clogged Bathroom Drain

Your bathroom sink, tub, or shower drain is typically clogged by hair, along with residue from soap and personal care products like shaving cream. Before you try to clear the clog, first check if the drain has a pop-up stopper. If it does, you will likely need to remove it.

Start with the same steps as clearing a kitchen sink drain: use very hot water, and then a plunger. If the sink is still clogged or drains slowly, you might want to try a “hair snare” type of drain-cleaning tool. These inexpensive plastic tools are long (about 20”) thin strips with teeth or barbs that you can use to snag clogged debris or hair.

Drain Still Clogged?

If all else fails, it may be time to call the plumber. 

Keep Drains Clog Free

As with many home maintenance tasks, a little prevention can go a long way to help keep your drains clog free.

For Kitchen Sinks

  • Never put fats, oil, or grease down the drain.
  • Wipe or scrape excess fat or grease from pots and pans into the garbage.
  • Don’t put food waste down the drain.
  • Pouring very hot water down your sink several times a month can help reduce build-up.
  • Know what’s OK to put in the garbage disposal.

For Bathroom Sink and Showers

Use a hair filter or drain catcher in bathroom drains. They are inexpensive and really work to keep hair out of the drain. There are numerous types that will fit different tub and shower drains and covers.

 

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Summer To-Do Checklist

Have the best summer ever. Take advantage of the warm weather and enjoy the fun summertime activities we wait for all year, like barbecues and pool parties. But don’t forget to check off these important home maintenance tasks to spruce up your home and keep it well maintained all year.

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7 Affordable Home Improvement Ideas

If you’re itching to remodel but the budget just won’t allow it, these inexpensive fixes from Better Homes & Gardens Magazine may help give you the look and efficiency you want with price tags of under $150:

  1. Shelving for extra storage – Take advantage of small, unclaimed wall or corner space in your kitchen and add open shelving to hold dishes, cookware and spices within easy reach. Embellish plain shelves with decorative brackets, and if you entertain often, add a wine rack.
  2. Upgrade cabinets with molding – Plain, personality-less kitchen cabinets take on new sophistication with the simple addition of molding at the edges. You can do it yourself with a little guidance from home store designers.
  3. Restore the floor – The warmth and versatility of wood is incomparable, but exposure to dirt and foot traffic can leave it looking dull. Restore the shine factor and give a room a whole new look by polishing the floor with a product specifically designed for hardwood floors.
  4. Give the fireplace a lift – Give a dated brick fireplace a modern makeover with a fresh coat of paint. Start by thoroughly cleaning the brick to loosen grime. Apply a stain-blocking primer, then paint with a high-gloss paint.
  5. Add crown molding – Crown molding on walls, doors and ceiling makes any living space look finished and luxurious. You can transform a room with trim in a weekend with affordable, off-the-rack moldings from a local home improvement center.
  6. Try Roman shades – Give windows a custom look at a low price with do-it-yourself window treatments. With a mini-blind and mid-weight upholstery fabric, you can create a charming roman shade to block out sun and boost your décor.
  7. Hassle-free game area – Create a dedicated zone to serve as a central spot for the games, movies and music your family uses most often. A media cabinet with divided shelves should keep it all neat – or use a bookcase with a combination of bins and baskets to keep everything organized and ready.

 

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The Best Remodeling Investments

 

Home improvements are expensive, but some remodeling projects are better investments than others. Many people think kitchens and bathrooms are the best remodel investments and that is true, to a point. What you’ll get back on your investment depends on the value of your house, the price of homes in your neighborhood, and, surprisingly, where you live in the country (almost all remodel projects pay off better on the West Coast and in New England than in the middle of the country).

Before you take on a remodeling project, consider how long you’re planning on living in your current home. If it will be a year or less, then you’ll want to pay close attention to how much you’re likely to get back on your investment. You can also consult with a real estate agent to help you determine which improvements to undertake. They’ll have a good idea of what projects give you the best return for your neighborhood.

According to Remodeling magazine, some of the best remodeling projects to recoup your costs include:

  • minor kitchen remodel ($20,000 or less)
  • new garage door
  • new entry door
  • wood deck
  • window replacement

On the other hand, if you do a major upscale kitchen remodel, add a bathroom, or add a master suite, you’ll probably recoup only about 60% of what you spend. If you’re planning on staying in your home at least a few years, however, you’ll also gain the satisfaction and enjoyment that comes from updating your home.

Here are some tips to get the most out of the money you put into your home:

  • Unless you are planning to stay in the house for a very long time, aim for classic or neutral colors and styles. Not everyone will like purple tile or red countertops.
  • Make sure your remodel is in harmony with the rest of the house. An ultra-modern kitchen in a craftsman or ranch-style house won’t help the resale value of your home.
  • Try to keep your remodel in line with the value of your home, and the homes in your neighborhood. Spending $50,000 to upgrade a kitchen when your home is worth $200,000 may not be the best investment.

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Spring To-Do Checklist

The flowers are popping up and the days are getting warmer. Use this spring to-do list to help maintain your home. And be sure you tackle a few of the fun to-dos as well so you’re sure to enjoy the season’s wonders.

Spring Home Maintenance To-Dos

Outside Your Home

  • Rake leaves from lawn, garden beds, and yard
  • Clear lawn of debris, including sticks and branches
  • Plant summer flowering bulbs
  • Power wash decks and patios
  • Clear gutters and downspouts of leaves and other debris
  • Inspect roof for missing, loose, or damaged shingles; get repairs as needed
  • Wash off outdoor furniture
  • Spruce up front entryway, change welcome mat, and sweep or clean outside décor
  • Check grill hoses and clean grill
  • Check propane in grills and outdoor heaters
  • Replace storm window with screens
  • Wash windows including sills
  • Wash outside walls and fixtures

Inside Your Home

  • Flip mattresses and wash pad covers
  • Replace HVAC filters
  • Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors batteries
  • Shampoo or steam carpets and rugs

Enjoy Spring’s Many Wonders

  • Jump in a rain puddles
  • Make a bird feeder
  • Find a ladybug
  • Fill a vase with tulips or other spring blossoms
  • Visit a farm and pet the baby animals
  • Eat a chocolate bunny
  • Buy a new hat
  • Make a strawberry shortcake
  • Shop at a farmers market
  • Plant some flowers, vegetables, or herbs
  • Take a hike among spring wildflowers

Fun and Home Maintenance in Every Season

As the season’s change, add each one of these checklists to a spot on your fridge to give you helpful reminders for things to do around your house and around your town:

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Call | Text | Sabrina 650.799.4333 | Susan 650.796.0654

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