Exploring Home Repair Materials and Tools
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Exploring Home Repair Materials and Tools

Hello everyone, my name is Mabel Abram. My home was recently vandalized when I was out of town for a couple weeks. Upon returning home, I was shocked to see graffiti on the walls and flooring ripped up. I called a local contractor to give me a bid on the work. I elected to have the materials restored to their original state by the contractor. The job required replacement of some of the support materials, including floor joists and drywall. I want to lead people through the process of repairing damage to their home through this website. My site will teach people about building materials and tools used for repair and remodel jobs. I will also talk about material upgrades you can use for your floors, walls and ceilings. Thank you.

Exploring Home Repair Materials and Tools

Simple Things You Can Do To Keep Your Drains Clear

Vanessa Stevens

Don't you just hate when you take a shower and water pools around your feet rather than flowing nicely down the drain? Slow drains are annoying when you brush your teeth or wash dishes, too. If your drain is really, truly plugged, you will want to call a drain cleaning service to come remove the blockage. Then, follow these steps to keep your drains clear so you don't end up dealing with the same problems again. 

1. Put a hair trap in your shower drain.

If you do not have long hair, you may figure that a few hairs going down the shower drain won't make much of a difference. The truth is, soap scum can form on the inside of your pipes really easily. It's sticky enough to grab onto even short hairs, since hairs are so small and lightweight. Over time, this can cause clogs to form -- even if your hair is only a couple of inches long. If you keep a trap in your drain and clear the trap every couple of days, you'll prevent those hair-based blockages.

2. Switch to shower gel.

Bar soaps can be nice to use, but they also cause a lot of soap scum formation in your drains. So if you can bear to switch to a liquid shower gel instead, do so. There are mild, non-scented liquid shower gels out there if you can't stand the popular, highly perfumed varieties.

3. Wipe out greasy dishes.

You know better than to pour grease down the drain, right? Even if you're not pouring tablespoons of liquid down the drain, however, little bits of oily residue from dishes can add up over time and lead to kitchen drain clogs. Wipe any salad dressing, butter, or other oily residue off of your dishes with a paper towel before you rinse or wash your dishes in the sink.

4. Pour some vinegar down the drains.

Once a month or so, warm up some white vinegar in the microwave, and pour it down the drain. It does not need to be boiling, just hot. The vinegar will break down any soap residue and other grime in the drains before the layer has a change to get too thick. If you sense the drain is starting to form a clog, you can put some baking soda down there first to boost the vinegar's action. Let it bubble and foam up for an hour before you rinse the drain.

Contact a plumbing service if you need more assistance.