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15 Simple Plumbing Tips to Help You Save Money

15 Simple Plumbing Tips to Help You Save Money
  1. Check faucets for drips or leaks. Make repairs to save water.
  2. Check toilets for hidden leaks. Add six drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the bowl within 30 minutes
  3. Ensure that all drains have strainers to prevent hair, soap and debris from clogging the drain lines.
  4. Inspect toilet tank and bowl for cracks or leaks.
  5. Exercise water supply valves under sinks and toilets to prevent them from sticking.
  6. Make sure toilets flush properly. If the handle must be held down for a thorough flush or jiggled to stop the water from running you may need to replace worn tank parts. They’re inexpensive and you’ll notice a lower water bill.
  7. Check the temperature setting on the water heater. It should be set no higher than 120°F to prevent scalding and reduce energy use.
  8. Carefully drain several gallons from the water heater tank to flush out corrosion causing sediment, which reduces heating efficiency and shortens the life of the heater. A great Spring Plumbing Tip.
  9. Consider replacing a water heater more than 15 years old. (The first four numbers of the serial number represent the month and year it was made.) Newer water heaters are more energy efficient
  10. Pour a gallon of water into infrequently used drains (including floor drains) to fill the trap and prevent odors from entering the house. Slow floor drains should be snaked to ensure they will carry away water quickly in the event of a flood.
  11. Check exposed pipes under sinks and in the basement for signs of leaks.
  12. If your home has a sump pump, make sure it operates properly by pouring a few buckets of water into the sump pit. The pump should quickly turn on, discharge the water then shut off without any problems.
  13. Install a backflow valve in the floor drain if you live in an area where sewers sometimes back up into homes. This device will prevent future backups
  14. Make sure yard drains, gutters and downspouts are cleaned out, open, and free of debris.
  15. Check faucets and hose bibs to make sure water flows freely. If an outdoor faucet drips or if there is leakage inside your home the first time the hose is turned on, you may have had a frozen pipe that cracked and needs to be replaced.

Weird plumbing problem forces some Walmart stores to close

Weird plumbing problem forces some Walmart stores to close

TAMPA, Florida (WFLA) – Walmart customers can’t understand what’s plaguing the “plumbing problems” of Walmart stores from Florida to California.

“Must be a major plumbing problem is all I can say,” would-be customer Dale White said as security guards turned him away from the Supercenter in Florida.

The retail chain announced Monday that five stores are shutting down, one in Florida, two in Texas, one in Oklahoma and one in California due to clogging and drainage problems.

“Deciding to close a store is not a decision we make lightly,” Walmart Spokesperson Amanda Henneberg said in a statement.

Henneberg attributed the 13-year-old Brandon store’s shutdown to chronic troubles during the past two years. She insisted repairs will start immediately.

The shutdown blindsided about 400 Walmart workers in Floriday who must now find another store to transfer to or receive 60-days pay for the loss of their jobs.

According to Hillsborough County, Florida, Walmart didn’t notify the county’s permit department either. No one there has heard a peep from Walmart about any major repairs.

Infrared iPhone camera spots plumbing, heating & electrical problems

Infrared iPhone camera spots plumbing, heating & electrical problems

Flir Blessings Plumbing

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) –Thermal imaging technology – once reserved for military use – is making its way into the consumer market.

New infrared cameras hook right up to your smart phone and they can be pretty handy around the house.

CBS News 8’s Marcella Lee tested out one such device, call the FLIR One. It’s an infrared camera that slides onto your iPhone and uses different filters to illuminate heat sources.

One of things it can do is spot plumbing problems. Simply turn on the hot water the point the camera at the sink trap to view possible clogs in the pipes.

The company says you can also use the FLIR One to check for weather stripping leaks in your doors and windows. It’s also possible to view the location of studs and pipes in the walls.

Point the FLIR at power plugs, outlets and fuses to see which electrical devices are sucking up power.

But probably the #1 thing you can do with the FLIR is just impress your family and friends, explore your house, the world around you, take cool pictures, try different filters and then post them to social media to get lots of likes.

The FLIR One sells for $250 on Amazon and fits iPhone 5 models. The company is about to launch a next-generation thermal imaging camera that will work with the iPhone 6 and Android phones.

Plumber saves little girl from drowning in Colorado lake

Plumber saves little girl from drowning in Colorado lake

The last thing he expected to find on his first trip to Windsor Lake, Colo., was a 4-year-old girl submerged in the water on the verge of death.

But that’s exactly what happened to Angelo Mondragon on Sunday, and the 32-year-old plumber became a life-saver to little Sitlali Hernandez and a hero to her stunned family.

“If I was not in the right spot at the right time, it could have been a search-and-rescue mission,” Mondragon told the Coloradoan. “As I told the little girl’s mom, when I saw the baby’s toes, that became my baby.”

The incredible incident happened at about 2:30 p.m. Mondragon said he was wading through waist-deep water when he felt something strange bump into his leg. As he kicked the object to see what it was, tiny toes floated to the water’s surface.

“I saw the bottom of a baby’s foot float up,” he said.

Instantly, the father of two switched into daddy mode. He screamed for the child’s family and frantically pulled her out of the water.

The toddler was not wearing a life vest.

He carried her limp body to shore while others called 911.

Mondragon said that Sitlali was unconscious, turning blue and barely breathing. Two nearby off-duty nurses resuscitated her before the paramedics arrived.

The ambulance transported her to the Medical Center of the Rockies, then moved her to the Children’s Hospital in Aurora.

The child was in good condition and talking on Monday, hospital officials told 9 News.

That same day, Sitlali’s hero surprised her with a visit.

“I’m coming to let her know that I love her and she’s a part of my family now,” Mondragon said.

During the emotional reunion, Sitlali’s mother, Emma, gratefully thanked Mondragon, the tears streaming down her face.

“You saved her,” she said. “You saved my baby.”

The near drowning inspired Mondragon to start collecting life vests and flotation devices for families who can’t afford them.

Interesting Plumbing Facts from a Plumber in Virginia Beach

Interesting Plumbing Facts from a Plumber in Virginia Beach

Plumbing is the system in our homes consisting of “pipes and fixtures for the distribution of water or gas in a building and for the disposal of sewage.” Sounds straightforward enough, however, you might be surprised by how much you don’t know about your plumbing.

Below are some interesting facts about household plumbing.

Did you know?

  • Indoor plumbing dates back to at least 2500 B.C.
  • Sir John Harington is credited with inventing the flushable toilet in 1596, hence the American nickname for it, “the john.”
  • Copper piping, which is the #1 material used for plumbing work in today’s world, is the same material that the Egyptians used to lay their own pipe – some 3000 years ago!
  • Since 1963 (the year CDA [Copper Development Assoc] was established), more than 28 billion feet or about 5.3 million miles of copper plumbing tube has been installed in U.S. buildings. That’s equivalent to a coil wrapping around the Earth more than 200 times. The current installation rate now exceeds a billion feet per year.
  • In a typical household, toilet flushing constitutes up to 38% of all water-use in the home.
  • A low flush toilet can save you up to 18,000 gallons of water per year.
  • An invisible leak in the toilet will waste up to 15 gallons of water a day or 5,475 gallons a year.
  • In a typical home, more than 9,000 gallons of water are wasted while running the faucet waiting for hot water. As much as 15% of your annual water heating costs can be wasted heating this extra 9,000 gallons.
  • At 140 degrees, it takes five seconds for water to burn skin. At 160 degrees, it takes only half of a second. Your water heater should be set to no hotter than 120 degrees.
  • Approximately 1 in every 318 homes or buildings has a leak.
  • If a drip from your faucet fills an eight-ounce glass in 15 minutes, it will waste 180 gallons per month and 2,160 gallons per year.
  • A slight trickling faucet or showerhead can waste up to 100 gallons of water or more in a week (depending on the size of the drip).
  • A dripping faucet/hose bib can lose up to 180 gallons a month or 2,160 gallons per year.
  • A 1/8 inch hole in a metal pipe, at 40 psi, leaks 2,500 gallons of water in 24 hours.
  • A leak the size of a pinhead can waste 360,000 gallons per year, enough to fill 12,000 bathtubs to the overflow mark.
  • Consider this, a failure at 70 pounds of pressure can expel up to 650 gallons of water per hour. That’s what you could be faced with if your washing machine hose fails. Washing machine hoses are usually made of reinforced rubber, which can lose resiliency and burst as it gets older.  It’s important to replace this hose every 3-5 years.

Don’t Drink The Water: Study Warns Drinking From Garden Hose

Don’t Drink The Water: Study Warns Drinking From Garden Hose
 Don’t Drink The Water: Study Warns Drinking From Garden Hose


WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Beware of drinking from the garden hose as temperatures soar toward 100 degrees.

A new study conducted by Healthy Stuff finds drinking water from a garden hose can be dangerous to your health.

Of the 90 water hoses used in the study, all contained lead and phthalates that exceeded levels set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Thirty-three percent of those hoses contained lead levels higher than the guidelines set in the federal Safe Drinking Water Standard.

The four phthalates found in the water are currently banned from being used in children’s products.

The tests also showed that the drinking water from a hose contained PVC plastic additives, which can cause birth defects, liver toxicity, and cancer.

The study suggests that you should always stay away from drinking from a hose to beat the heat, but if you need to, to always let it run for a few seconds.

How to unplug a toilet

How to unplug a toilet

Step 1

Stop Water From Overflowing

When the toilet first begins to clog don’t panic. Take the lid off the tank and push the flapper down to stop more water from entering the bowl. Then turn off the water supply behind and at the bottom of the toilet.

Step 2

Use a Plunger

After the water is turned off, try using a conventional plunger to unclog the toilet. If a plunger doesn’t do the trick, use a toilet auger.

Step 3

Try an Auger

If a plunger does not work, try a toilet auger (snake). You can get one at most hardware stores for $20 to $50. The trick of a auger is to get the cable right through the throat of the toilet. Put a little tension on the cable and start turning the auger, extending the cable down into the drain pipe. As you push down you will feel the auger drop. Once the auger approaches the clog, give it a little extra tension to punch a hole in the clog, creating a line to the sewer.

A plunger may also be used in conjunction with an auger in order to create enough suction to blast out any material that may still be clinging to the hole that was punched out by the auger.

Note: The toilet and the bathtub normally share a drainage pipe, so if the clog is too impacted for the auger to punch a hole, the whole clog could be shoved so deep that the bathtub becomes clogged as well. Once the clog in the toilet is removed, be sure to check your bathtub drainage as well.

Step 4

If Still Clogged, Remove The Toilet

If the clog can’t be eradicated with a plunger or an auger, the toilet must be removed to get better access to the drain. To remove the toilet, turn off and disconnect the water supply. Use a shop-vac to remove the standing water out of the toilet. Unscrew the two bolts at the toilet’s base, lift the toilet and slide it forward.

At this point it is best to call a professional plumber. He’ll likely use an industrial auger that has over 100 feet of steel cable. The long-reaching auger can go far enough to hit the main sewage line to clear out the clog.

Pro Tip

Lift the toilet from the rear so any water still remaining will flow towards the front of the bowl and not spill out onto the floor.

Step 5

Reattach The Toilet

After the clog has been cleared, be sure to run water from the toilet’s supply line into the drain for about two minutes to ensure the clog is gone. Reconnect the toilet by screwing the bolts back in and reattaching the water supply line. Be sure to flush the toilet a few times after replacing it to make sure the water is draining properly.

Pro Tip

Any time you remove a toilet always replace the rubber ring at the base of the drain. The ring is cheap and ensures a tight seal.

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In most cases, plumbing problems usually revolve around one of three things: clogs, leaks, or drips. One thing is for certain, it always pays to be familiar with your plumbing system so you can minimize the damage caused by plumbing problems as well as fix minor plumbing problems on your own. The number 1, most important thing you can do is find out where the main water shutoff valve is and how to turn it off. This is usually either outside your home or in your basement or crawlspace. If you can not find it or don’t know how to turn it off, contact your utility company and have them show you. If any tools are necessary to turn off your water, keep them handy. Being able to shut your water off at the main valve can be vital to reducing damage to your home if a pipe were to burst. You should also check each plumbing appliance (water heaters, sinks, toilets, etc.) for their own shutoff valves and verify they work. If the valves fail to turn off water to the appliance, you should have them fixed by a professional plumber immediately. These valves come in very handy when the need arises to repair individual plumbing appliances. If an appliance has no valves, you will need to shut off your water at the main valve to repair it.

When it comes to clogs and slow drains, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In the tub or shower, invest in an inexpensive hair trap or screen to prevent the majority of hair and soap scum from going down the drain. In the kitchen, don’t pour cooking grease down your drain. It will harden and coat your pipes with a sticky scum that will catch other particles and eventually clog the pipe. Instead, keep it in a coffee can or milk container and dispose of it with your garbage once it’s cooled. You should also avoid dumping coffee grounds down the drain. They’re notorious for causing clogs. Maintaining your drains on a weekly basis is also a good idea to keep your pipes clear. One way to do this is to pour a half-cup of salt, a half-cup of baking soda and a half-cup of vinegar down the drain and follow with two quarts of boiling water. If you do encounter a clog, don’t panic. Clogs and slow drains most commonly occur in areas that can be easily cleared on your own without the help of a pro (if more than one drain or toilet is affected, you will need to contact a plumber). First, try a plunger. There is also the option of using chemical clog removers. Be sure to follow the package instructions when using them. Leaks can be slowed or stopped until you’re able to get a professional plumber out to your home or business. If you would like a thorough, professional inspection of your plumbing system by an expert, please contact one of our Best Plumbers® in your area listed in the Best Plumbers® plumbing directory. The plumbers listed in Best Plumbers® have been carefully researched, reviewed and recommended. Cold Weather Plumbing Tips to Save Your Plumbing. Cold weather can cause pipes to burst in your own household or business plumbing. Below are some helpful plumbing tips to avoid costly plumbing damage.

Before the Cold Weather Arrives

  • As mentioned above, know the location of your water shut-off valve switch and test it regularly.
  • Turn off and drain automatic and manual sprinkler systems before first freeze.
  • Turn off outdoor faucets and be sure to disconnect hoses from them.
  • Winterize unheated or vacant buildings.
  • Insulate water pipes that may be vulnerable to the cold or have caused problems before.
  • During a Deep Freeze (-5 Degrees and Below)
  • Keep open cabinet doors leading to exposed pipes (such as access doors for sinks), so that household air can warm them.
  • If you have an attached garage, keep its doors shut.
  • Crack a very slow drip from a faucet furthest from the place where your water enters the house.
  • Keep your thermostat set above 65 degrees when leaving your house or business for several days.
  • If You Think a Pipe Has Already Frozen
  • Thaw the pipe as soon as possible or call someone from Best Plumbers® for help.
  • If you do it yourself, shut off the water or test the shut-off valve. You do not want water suddenly gushing from the pipe when it thaws.
  • Remember: When thawing pipes, slower is better.
  • A hair dryer at the frozen area of the pipe is appropriate. A blow torch is not. Pipes warmed too fast may break anyway.
  • Frozen Water Pipes
  • With freezing temperatures there is a good chance that unprotected water pipes will freeze. When this happens, you may experience only the annoyance of interrupted water service until the water in the pipes thaws. Unfortunately, for a few, the water line may rupture and cause property damage and require plumbing repairs.
  • There are several preventive measures that can reduce your chances of having your water lines freeze.
  • Shut off the outside water valve, disconnect water hoses and drain water from pipes, via an open faucet.
  • Allow a trickle of hot and cold water to drip. The cost of the wasted water is small compared to the damage from frozen pipes. CAUTION: Be certain you are not running water into a drain line that is exposed to extreme cold, as that line might freeze as well.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors under sinks to allow heat from the room to circulate around un-insulated pipes.
  • Heat unused rooms with plumbing, especially if the plumbing is in a north wall.
  • Insulate all pipes in areas where there is no heat, such as the garage or crawl space.
  • Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables around pipes that are exposed to the weather and prone to freeze. You can purchase a variety of insulating and heating devices to install on both inside and outside plumbing.
  • Seal any air leaks around doors and windows to reduce cold air penetration.

Garbage Disposals Advice

  • Put ice cubes in the disposal to sharpen the blades between uses.
  • Grind up citrus fruits in the disposal for a fresh citrus smell.
  • Use a specially designed disposal brush to remove hard to reach deposits that cause odors and food build-up.
  • Sewer Gas Smell

Occasionally a homeowner will notice a bad smell coming from the vicinity of plumbing fixtures in the home. This may be caused by “dry trap.” If a fixture such as a shower or bathtub has not been used in a long time, the trap may dry out and thus allow sewer gas to come back into the home. The solution is to run water into the fixture and allow the trap to again fill up with water. If this does not solve the problem, it is time to call a professional from Total Plumbing, Inc. to check it out and make a repair. If you have any other plumbing problems, or would like some helpful advise, call the professionals listed in Best Plumbers®. Even as a layperson, you can assess most of the plumbing inside of your home in order to determine which areas might need some special attention. By going through this home plumbing checklist, you can identify small issue before they become large issues so that you can take the proper steps to have them repaired by a professional.

Simple Guide to Checking Your Plumbing

Leaky faucets

It may not seem like a huge loss, but leaky faucets can actually cost a lot of extra money on a monthly water bill. If you need proof of how much water a leaky faucet can waste, simply place a bucket underneath the faucet in question and leave it overnight.

Water pressure

Low water pressure may be indicative of something as simple as sediment buildup in a shower head, or as serious as a problem with the water lines that feed your water supply. If you experience low water pressure in any area of the house, then you need to get to the bottom of it.


A leaky faucet is one thing, but leaky piping is something different altogether. This is generally a much more serious problem that requires much more complex repair work. If you notice wet spots on your walls, ceilings, or floors, then it may be that you need to repair and/or replace your piping – and pronto – before you incur serious water damage. Also, be on the lookout for mildew, which could be indicative of standing water (and a leak).


Corroded pipes can contaminate your water, or even further erode your plumbing, and need to be replaced right away. Look for green, yellow, or orange stains around shut off valves and pipe fittings to identify corrosion.


Examine the caulking around your showers, sinks, and toilets. Replace any damaged or loose caulking to prevent leaks.

Water Heaters

There are a number of things that can go wrong with your water heater, impairing its ability to deliver hot water when you need it. Clean the water heater tank regularly to prevent sediment buildup. Also, check the thermostats and heating element to make sure they are functioning properly. While some problems can be avoided, many plumbing nightmares are inevitable, especially if you have old or poorly installed plumbing. Even so, there are steps you can take to either head off problems before they begin or minimize the chaos once it starts to unfold.

Summer Plumbing Advice

The transition to spring and summer is exciting, but it’s also the time to take action to avoid potential problems with your plumbing, sewer and drain systems. Here are some tips from Best Local Plumbers to get your home in shape for warm weather, save energy and save money too.

More outdoor fun means more dirty clothes. Be sure to check your washing machine hoses for bulges, leaks or cracks and be sure to remove drier lint regularly. Also, move your machine at least four inches from the wall to prevent hose kinking and damage, and never leave your home while the washer is running. Remember–washing machine hoses should be replaced approximately every three years.

In humid weather, your ductwork may sweat and create condensate. This can cause a backup if the drains are not clear. Leaks in the seams can also cause condensation. If you have an attic installation, be sure there is no water in the drain pan. If there is water, call for help as it could save your ceiling.

Be careful what you put down your kitchen disposal after your cookout. Most are not equipped to handle cornhusks, celery, banana peels and other fibrous or “stringy” foods. Some other items to stay away from are fats or cooking oils because they form clots in the pipes. Run cold water at full pressure for 15 seconds before and after you put anything down the disposal to flush it through. Never put instant stuffing, potato mixes or similar “just-add-water” foods down the drain—they’ll create an instant clog when you add water.
Save money and energy on your vacation. Turn down the temperature of your water heater.

Sewer line backups are common this time of year due to summer rainwater entering sewer pipes via cracks. New tree root growth from the spring can also cause sewer backup issues as roots are drawn toward the sewer line as a source of nutrition. Have a plumber inspect your sewer line pipes to let you know if you are susceptible to a sewer line backup problem or if damage has already occurred. In either situation, your plumber will be able to help you determine the best treatment option for proper drain cleaning.

Winter Plumbing Advice

Getting your plumbing ready for severe cold.

When the temperature drops to freezing lows, plumbing problems are very common. There are many things that a homeowner can do to prevent these problems that have the potential to cause severe damage to your home.

The following tips will help keep homeowners and their families throughout the nation warm as freezing temperatures take over. Avoid frozen pipes. Watch your water pressure this time of year because the first sign of a frozen pipe is restricted water flow. If you notice this, be sure to act quickly and call a professional. Let cold water trickle from your faucets, slightly smaller than a pencil’s width, during the evening when the temperature is the coldest. This helps prevent freezing as moving water does not freeze.

Garden hoses can cause major damage if not disconnected. During cold snaps, if a garden hose is left connected, ice will form and pressure will build up in the water lines inside your home. Once this occurs, a water line leak or break is common. This can cause severe damage to the home. Disconnect garden hoses and drain outdoor pipes to prevent damage during the winter.

After disconnecting hoses, you should install an exterior, insulated faucet jacket. This will protect your outdoor faucets, as well as the connecting lines running into the home, from freezing temperatures. Also, be sure to utilize the shut-off valves located inside your home to drain water from pipes leading to outdoor hose bibs. These valves can typically be found under sinks, in crawl spaces or basements, near your water heater or your meter, but every home is different and some homes may not be equipped with these valves.
Circulating warm air helps keep pipes in the walls from freezing. Keep your house temperature above 55 degrees to prevent pipes from freezing and open cabinet doors under sinks and faucets and near exterior walls to help circulate warm air and keep pipes warmer.

Close crawl space vents and garage doors, especially if your water heater is in the garage. Check to be sure that snow is not restricting your water drainage. Watch the area around your sump pump discharge line used to avoid flooding indoors, as this line drains from a basement to an outside area. If the drainage area is blocked by snow or flowing into a puddle, freezing could occur as well as water backing-up into the house.

How to Clear a Clogged Drain with Vinegar

How to Clear a Clogged Drain with Vinegar

If you’ve noticed standing water in your tub or your kitchen sink draining slowly, you probably have a clogged drain. Fortunately, if caught early you can clear a clogged drain using common household items. Vinegar, baking soda, borax, and lots of hot water are simple, yet effective tools in clearing slow-draining sinks.

Part 1 of 3: Preparing the Drain Mixture

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    Drain any water from the sink or tub. If it’s really slow-draining, this may take a while, but if you remove the water, you drain-clearing mixture will be able to work on the clog much faster.
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    Gather household cleaning/kitchen items. You have several options for creating a non-commercial drain opener. Most involve vinegar and another substance that create a chemical reaction when combined. See if you have any of these drain-opening agents on hand:

    • Vinegar (white or apple cider vinegar work) is the acidic base for creating the foaming reaction.
    • Lemon juice is acidic like vinegar, but smells refreshing. This makes lemon juice a good option for clearing out clogged kitchen sinks.
    • Baking soda is frequently used as a multipurpose cleanser.
    • Salt will help eat away at the clog.
    • Borax is frequently used as a multipurpose cleanser.
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    Pour vinegar and another drain-opening agent down the drain. No mixing is needed before pouring down the drain. The mixture will foam up on its own as the chemical reaction occurs.[1]

    • For a vinegar and baking soda combination: use 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of white vinegar.
    • For a lemon juice and baking soda combination: use 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of lemon juice.
    • For a salt, borax, and vinegar combination: use 1/4 cup of borax, 1/4 cup of salt, and 1/2 cup of vinegar.

Part 2 of 3: Agitating the Clog

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    Cover and let the mixture sit. Either use the tub stopper to close the drain or cover it with a steaming hot cloth. Keep the drain closed for 30 minutes. During this time, the foam will be working on wearing down the clog.[2]
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    Plunge the drain. Use a small, sink size plunger to agitate the clogged-up material. Create a seal and push up and down on the rubber base of the plunger.

    • Plunging works best if you fill the tub or sink with water. The added pressure from the water will help force open the clog.
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    Use a hanger to pull out the clog. If the drain is clogged with hair, take a metal hanger and twist it till you have a long piece of metal with a small hook at one end. Carefully feed the hook end of the wire down the drain. Twist the wire around and try to snag the clog. Gently pull the wire back out once you’ve caught the clog.

    • Take care not to scratch your sink or tub with the exposed metal. Also, use caution when untwisting the hanger. The metal may be sharp.
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    Use a drain snake. A drain snake looks like a long metal rope. You’ll need to carefully feed the snake into the drain. When the snake gets stuck, you’ll want to turn the cable. This will make it catch onto the clog. When you slowly pull the snake back out, the clog should clear. Flush with water and repeat.[3]

    • Wear work gloves since the metal snake can be sharp. You should also have an old towel and bucket handy to set the clogged material.

    Part 3 of 3: Flushing the Drain

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    Flush the drain with hot water. Boil at least 6 cups of hot water or several kettles full of water. Uncover the drain and slowly pour the hot water down.

    • If you have plastic piping, just use very hot water. Avoid pouring boiling water in the drain.[4]
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    Repeat. If the water is still draining slowly, repeat the process again until the drain becomes clear.

    • If the clog still stubbornly resists draining, you may have a hairball stuck. This may require manually removing the clog. Consider calling a plumber, especially if the drain completely stops up.
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    Use gravity and pressure to flush the drain. This works best on a clogged tub, since you can fill the tub with gallons of water. Fill the tub with hot water. Then, open the drain and let the pressure of all that water help break up the clog.[5]



  • Concentrated vinegar (acetic acid) and caustic soda are sometimes used for clearing drains, but both are irritants.They can cause irritation to skin, eyes, nose and throat. Avoid direct contact with skin, eyes and clothing.
  • Avoid using these methods if you’ve already poured commercial drain cleaning down the drain. The vinegar and chemicals in the commercial cleaner can create dangerous fumes.

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A Crash Course in Bathroom Faucet Finishes

A Crash Course in Bathroom Faucet Finishes
Choosing a bathroom faucet finish often stumps people. What’s the difference between brushed and polished nickel? What are the benefits of satin brass versus satin bronze? Fear not. Here’s a crash course in faucet finishes that will elevate your knowledge in less time than it takes you to brush your teeth.

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