3 Things On Home Improvement Plumbing

We all know doing something weekly can become such a pain that we avoid doing it, whether it’s a weekly report or a trip to the gym. A weekly task can be something you enjoy and look forward to, or it might just be one more pain you have to deal with (We’d venture a guess that cleaning the drains would fall into that second category!). And, if it becomes a pain, you’re far more likely to “forget” to do it or deliberately put it off—which defeats the purpose entirely. Quarterly cleanings aren’t exactly ideal, either. Instead of frequent cleanings that become a pain to do, you end up with the opposite problem: it’s something you don’t do frequently enough so you forget to do it. Other issues come up and interfere with your schedule, so you let cleaning the drains slide. The next thing you know, a year has gone by and you’re taking a shower in ankle deep water because the drain is backed up. Both of these situations are problems you need to be aware of when setting a schedule for cleaning your drains. And don’t forget that cleaning your drains might be of the utmost importance, especially if your drains are especially prone to clogging up. We think it’s worth stating again: doing a little now can help you prevent a lot of work later.

https://www.expresssewer.com/blog/bid/293475/how-often-should-you-clean-your-drains

STICKER SHOCK to say the least and truth be told I didn’t think they were that great. I later came to the realization I was expecting more from them than they were designed to do. (more on that later). I started looking for a less expensive multi-tool blade alternative and over the years, tried several aftermarket brands. None of them were as good a quality as the originals, but for the price I paid they got the job done. I was recently on Amazon scrolling thru the tools (my toy store) and came across a company that manufacturers replacement blades for multi tools. They had over two hundred positive reviews about their blades so I had to check them out. I contacted the company and they were very gracious in that they sent me two of their most popular multi-tool blade assortment kits. Before I move on please know that I did not pay for these blades and agreed Gordontheplumber.com Wood Dale Illinois Dupage County to produce the below video after trying them out. I received two kits, a 15 piece multi tool saw blade set which consisted of three pieces each of five different blades.

http://www.bobsplumbingvideos.com/multi-tool-blades/

Below, you’ll find our original post from 2016. For updated information on the 2017 scholarship opportunity from My Service Depot (now $2000!), please visit https://www.smartservice.com/smart-service-scholarship/ Are you currently attending, or plan to attend, a college, university, or trade school with the intention of pursuing a career in a field service industry? Know someone who is? Well, we have some good news: a $1000 scholarship is being offered by My Service Depot for the 2017 Spring and Fall semesters! The company, known for its Smart Service software, has chosen to offer the twice-yearly scholarship in light of the growing movement to better recognize alternative career paths after high school, as well as the chronic shortage of skilled workers. Says Creative Director Ben Yackshaw, “At My Service Depot, we feel that too much effort is spent directing young men and women to pursue traditional four year colleges and liberal arts degrees when those degrees don’t necessarily translate into good jobs for graduating students.  Meanwhile, many field service occupations that offer intellectually stimulating and well-paying work remain understaffed.” The scholarship is open to anyone who’s enrolled or planning to enroll in a skilled trades program, and  has graduated high school in the last 15 years – or will have graduated at the time of receiving the award – with a 2.5 GPA or better. All that’s needed is either a video (5 minutes or less) or written essay explaining the applicant’s interest in the skilled trades. Video is preferred “both to increase the appeal of the opportunity and to emphasize traits (affability, presentation) we feel will better serve aspiring field service professionals in their chosen field.” For full details and eligibility requirements, visit http://www.smartservice.com/scholarship.html – entries for Spring 2017 must be submitted by Thursday, November 10th, 2016! We think this is a great opportunity, and encourage everyone to spread the word!

https://theplumber.com/1000-scholarship-available-for-students-pursuing-careers-in-skilled-trades/

Then, avoid using the water and check it again in a couple hours. If it’s unchanged, the sound you hear is something other than water; if the reading is different, then water is flowing and you likely have a leak in the sewer line. If areas of the floor feel moist underfoot and you’re sure that Fido hasn’t just relieved himself there, you’re probably looking at sewer leakage. When you notice these damp spots, don’t just put down a towel and brush it off; if you allow more moisture to build up, then it will cause mold or mildew to grow in your home which can be extremely toxic especially to those with weakened immune systems. Foul, funky… whatever you call it, odd odors behind walls or under the floor are often caused by mold and mildew growth due to water damage and pockets of moisture. As with #2 above, it’s best to get to the root of the problem fast; after 48 hours, fungi begins to grow more rapidly. If you’re seeing lush patches of grass in concentrated areas of your lawn or abnormal growth of other landscaping accompanied by wet spots , there may be pipe leakage which is temporarily providing fertilization. In time, however, hazardous bacteria in the underground waste will eventually devolve into a messy situation, not to mention destroying the lawn and garden. You wouldn’t think a leak could cause actual cracks in the foundation of your home, but it can happen over time. Leaking sewer lines may cause the ground beneath to shift ever-so-slightly, resulting in vertical or diagonal cracking that can compromise the integrity of the structure leading to a potentially dangerous situation. An unexplained spike in your water bill is the most accurate sign of pipe leakage; your bill provides an actual record of your water consumption over time versus random signs that could be due to something other than a leak.

https://www.expresssewer.com/blog/6-signs-your-home-may-have-a-leaking-sewer-pipe

If money is tight, you’ll be happy to know that many farmers’ markets accept EBT and WIC. Many areas also have free or low-cost community gardens and co-ops that provide fresh, local food. Another quick, healthy tip that can save many gallons of water per year is to put a pitcher of water in the fridge for drinking, instead of waiting for the tap to run cool into your glass. With this method, you can also add fresh fruits like strawberries, limes, or pineapple to infuse flavor in the water: this can help encourage kids to reach for it instead of sugary juices or sodas! 5. Consider the water footprint of products you use every day and try to make some changes. It’s a complex system, but water and energy are tied very closely together, and it’s sometimes difficult to understand how much water it really takes to make the things we use all the time. Wherever you can, find ways to reuse or recycle things, or create your own reusable items. Cloth shopping bags, reusable lunch baggies or containers, and reusable water bottles can replace their single-use alternatives.

https://theplumber.com/make-saving-water-part-of-your-back-to-school-routine/

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