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Good Habits For Happy Drains

Fun fact: Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for plumbers all across America. What do you suppose is the reason they are called? It’s because of an increase in clogged drains and garbage disposals! These suggestions may be silly and seem common sense, but in our busy lives it’s easy to forget, get lazy, or rely on the technology to be strong enough for what we throw its way. These mistakes can be costly though, so here is a friendly reminder to…

Watch What You Put Down The Disposal:

Mainly Grease and Oil

In both bathrooms and kitchens, grease and oil is most responsible for the build up in drain clogs. Butter and meat fats from Thanksgiving are probably the main reason plumbers are booked every Black Friday. It’s important to pour these fats and oils into aluminum cans and throw them in the trash when they’re full and have hardened. Other things to consider are using cold water when flushing questionable liquids, so they solidify instead of melt and stick to the inner pipe, and running the garbage disposal often, before its full. In bathrooms you can avoid lotioning while you are in the bathtub or using excessively oily products in both the shower and the sink.

Take More Precaution When Hosting

Whether a large family lives under one roof or you host for the holidays, there are a few things to consider to save yourself a visit from your plumber than can cost you between 90.00 and 350.00. You can post reminders in each bathroom to not flush anything other than toilet paper, including anything that’s supposed to be flushable and to wait 15 minutes in between showers to allow the bathtub to completely drain. Having foot petal trashes with lids in the bathroom might relieve any embarrassment your guests might have about putting soiled things in the trash as well. Be sure each bathroom also includes a toilet brush and plunger for this reason too!

Brush Before You Shower

Everyone knows hair accumulates around stoppers and down drains. To reduce the amount of hair that goes down your showers and sinks, you can brush your hair away from them. If you are one who likes to brush in the shower because it’s easier for you, you can apply detangler before you shower and brush it out using a shower comb and dispose of the hair in the trash. This will greatly reduce the amount of hair that makes it down there.

In addition to these good habits, there are liquid and non-liquid products to prevent clogs in drains or help to dissolve them. Do your research on what preventative measures will work best for your home!

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Top 4 Non-Liquid Preventative Care Products For Drains

These suggestions may seem like common sense to some, but not others. The main reason you should have these cheap and effective products implemented in your home is to save you money from having to call your trusty plumber to handle the small drain issues you may be able to alleviate yourself. If you take pride in owning your own home you may want to make the small investment in a set of these easy maintenance tools. You can get all of them for less than 100.00! For renters and everyone else who rely on homeowners for maintenance, think of how connected plumbing really is. What you put down your toilet and garbage disposals not only affect your landlord but animals who share your ecosystem.

Plunger

Believe it or not, not everyone keeps a plunger or toilet brush in their bathrooms. Some plungers are of better quality than others as well. Buying yourself a quality plunger can be the difference between an embarrassing episode calling your landlord (who owns a plunger) or plumber. Higher quality plungers give more suction and force, allowing you to handle bigger clogs yourself. There are even plungers designed to not splash back toilet water! You can find a variety at your neighborhood hardware store between 3.00 and 30.00.

Snake/Auger

While at your neighborhood hardware store you can pick up a drain snake or more heavy duty auger. There will be an even wider range of products in this department for residential and commercial use, manual and electric. These products all have one thing in common; a long snake-like tail with ribs or “grabbies” you force down your plumbing to grab any hair or debris that has clogged your pipes. This less commonly owned tool can get the job done if you’re brave enough and for the small investment of 6.00 to 30.00 can save you a visit from your plumber or landlord.

Screens

Plastic or metal mesh screens can stop debris from going down your sinks, shower and bathtub drains, preventing clogs and providing you a more pleasant clean up than a snake would provide you after this stuff has made it down there. They are very inexpensive and come in all different kinds of materials, shapes, colors and even scents!

Compost Products

If you have a garbage disposal in your home or apartment, there are some routine maintenance techniques you can employ to keep it from clogging or smelling. It’s common to send ice or vinegar down the disposal to degrease and clean your disposal’s blades, but you can keep your garbage disposal like new by sending less down it and using a compost keeper. For 30.00 to 50.00, you can buy a nice ceramic compost bucket and lid for discarding your fruit and vegetable peels, egg shells, coffee grounds. There are many products to choose from that will meet your needs and address your concerns of the smell, some have built in odor-fighting filters. If taken out daily to your outside compost pile, you can use any bucket and lid you like whether for compost or not. Your plants and garbage disposal will thank you!

Reviewing items that are not to be flushed or put down the drain will also prevent potential clogs from happening. Do not flush items such as any paper product that is not toilet paper including things advertised as flushable or feminine hygiene products and don’t rinse down the drain the stickers off your produce, coffee grounds and grease. The saying goes “when in doubt, throw it out!” suggesting if you question disposing of anything down your pipes to throw it in your garbage instead.

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Tips For Getting Ready For Holiday Guests

The Holiday seasons are great and opportune times for having family and friends around. Typically, people do share, laugh, eat, and have fun together. But after all is said and done, cleaning up has to be done because of the mess that comes with lots of fun, games, and feasting.

Most people usually dread the cleaning sessions since the mess left behind is usually too much for one to handle. However, this should not bother you since there are ways in which you can set up your home for an early ‟cleanup”.

Below is a holiday preparation guide that will have you host family and friends without minding the mess that will be left behind after all the partying has come to an end.

Bathroom

First and foremost, you must ensure that the bathroom is spotless clean since it’s where your visitors will use for relieving themselves, cleaning, or freshening up. After cleaning, stock it with guest toiletries like toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, razors, shaving cream and soaps.

Once you are sure you have adequately stocked your bathroom, make a point of checking the functionality of your tub and sink. Make sure that they are sparkling clean, smelling fresh and draining quickly.

If by any chance you have the need of sprucing up your drainage prior to the get-together, you can consider using BlueBio Drain Cleaner. This solution will power through your drainage system and get rid of the entire clog to your amazement.

Apart from helping you clean up quickly after the festivities, having a clean, neat and functioning bathroom will save you a great deal of embarrassment.

Bedroom

Ensure that the bedrooms are clean, tidy and orderly. This can easily be done by having the beds neatly spread and keeping the wardrobes/closets and the entire room clutter free. To cater for the large number of visitors, you are also advised to provide extra storage for their personal effects.

In the case of emergencies and to avoid unnecessary inconveniences, print for your visitors emergency numbers and passwords to your Wi-Fi or any other communal gadget that is password protected.

Kitchen

Apart from the common holiday delicacies that you have prepared for the get-together, ensure that your fridge is well stocked. The food should be able to cater for your guests’ breakfast, lunch, and supper for the period of time that they are going to spend at your place. Because of the frequent dumping of food wastes, you should make a point of refreshing the garbage disposal using the BlueBio Drain Cleaner. Apart from your guests, this solution might be the next great consumer of your grab.