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Trends in Green Construction

It’s no secret that green building trends are on the rise. From simple features like low-flow toilets to entire homes built around the idea of ‘going green,’ experts predict that the trend toward more eco-friendly home construction is here to stay. Let’s look at a several trends that are taking hold.

Net Zero and Passive Homes

Both of these ultra energy-efficient home types are built with the same end goal: smart use of natural or renewable energy sources in order to eliminate or offset traditional energy consumption. The methods for each type, though, are a little different.

Net zero homes utilize renewable energy sources like solar panels in order to offset a home’s energy use. As the name implies, the aim is to generate enough power so that no fossil fuel consumption is needed.

Passive homes are built to be heavily insulated and airtight, with well-placed windows and other building features that allow the building to be able to self-regulate its temperature with little interference from traditional heating and cooling. Passive homes boast a 60-80% reduction in energy consumption when compared with traditionally built homes.

Both home types are currently in high demand in Europe. Industry leaders predict popularity stateside is not far behind.

Smart Water Usage

With drought becoming a mainstay in the southwest region and California — and predictions of similar conditions on a global scale — it’s no wonder homebuilders have begun to add water-conserving features to homes with some regularity. Low-flow toilets are a typical way homebuilders make use of water-saving equipment. Expect to start seeing construction companies boasting composting toilets and gray water recycling as options for your newly built home.

Composting toilets work the same way as your average backyard compost bin. Human waste is turned into useable compost instead of sent to your city’s water treatment facility.

According to Kalsi Engineering (click here), gray water is water from showers, washing machines and the like. Gray water recycling filters and cleans this water on site, making it ready for safe reuse – and saving you money on your water bill.

Experts predict landscaping will follow the lead of homebuilding in regards to water conservation, taking into greater consideration storm water runoff and water pollution issues when creating a plan for a home’s green spaces. Look up and you’ll likely see a green roof or two – living roofs use low-maintenance plants to mitigate water runoff and as insulation.

Efficient Lighting

According to Kalsi Engineering, a recognized expert in the industry, between 10 to 30 percent of a building’s energy use goes toward keeping it lit. LED lights only need about 10 percent of the energy as incandescent light bulbs, and around half the energy of compact fluorescents. In addition, they last over 40 times longer than these other bulbs. These traits make them an easy choice for inclusion in green homes. Keep an eye out for new LED applications, like the recently created OLEDs — organic LED lights that are thin, flexible, and can be embedded into floor or ceiling tiles.

Affordability

The most exciting prediction is that the trends and home features listed above will be used more and more, bringing eco-friendly design to the masses instead of only the elite. As they become more widely known and in demand, green homebuilding practices will be used in a wider range of homes – not only on high-end builds. Experts predict that this trend will be quickly adopted by modular and prebuilt home manufacturers offering homes with built-in green features.

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Jewelry as Home Decoration

Jewelry is an essential part of any great outfit, but personal ornamentation can be far more versatile than you might realize. Those shiny adornments that you wear around your neck, on your wrists and in your earlobes can also be used to dress up your home in style. From utilizing loose stones as accent pieces to framing and hanging gorgeous pendants on walls, the possibilities are seemingly endless.

Display Items You Wear

Storing jewelry only in a box may not be maximizing its potential. When you’re not wearing those pieces you love, another option is to display them for all to see. Instead of hiding your necklaces in a box, try hanging them from one section of your bedroom wall. You can hang them from a series of tiny nails positioned in a creative manner, so they form the shape of a star, circle, or triangle.

Another option is to create a necklace and bracelet holder from a pretty flatware divider. If the divider is old or plain, you might line it with attractive contact paper. You can install small screws into the top of each section, and hang each piece accordingly.

If you don’t wish to create your own jewelry displays, or if constructing such things is not something you feel you are capable of doing, you still have viable options to consider. You can find plenty of jewelry holders in stores that require minimal, if any, assembly. Many of these items are made specifically so that you can exhibit your favorite pieces from the tables, desks, countertops, and shelves of your choice.

Show Off Your Supplies

According to Houston Gold Exchange (www.houstongoldexchange.com), if you’re the type of person who buys beads and baubles in order to make your jewelry, you probably have a variety of supplies that you haven’t yet used. Keeping such supplies organized is important if you wish to make the best use of them. However, this does not mean that you cannot organize them and use them as home decor, as well. If you buy tiny beads that you intend to use at some indefinite point in time, try storing them in glass bowls. You may want to get bowls with lids, so you can avoid a mess on your floor if a bowl is bumped inadvertently.

When you purchase loose diamonds or other fine stones, you can exhibit them exquisitely in crystal glasses or bowls made from colored glass. Even if you decide to buy such items as an investment instead of future jewelry components, they can still be displayed instead of sitting in a safe deposit box. Loose stones glittering under the lights in your living room could make an ideal ornamentation.

Jewelry Transformed  

Costume jewelry can easily be transformed into lovely home accents. Old pendants and broaches that you no longer wear are perfect for adorning plain lampshades and other items. Try pinning several pieces on a pillow or old sofa cushion; you can then position that almost anywhere, from your bed to your hall table to the desk in your home office.

You choose jewelry that reflects your personal sense of style, and many of those pieces might look just as gorgeous in your home as they do on you. Have some fun with your jewelry, and find creative ways to exhibit it proudly. Whether you typically buy genuine diamond earrings or inexpensive baubles, you can double your investment by making your jewelry work double duty for you.

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Where, oh Where Do You Put that Beautiful New Couch?

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As likely the largest piece of furniture in a room, it’s important a couch must be placed to suit the needs of the household first and the aesthetics second.

For many people, the most important piece of furniture (after the television – we jest – kind of) in their sitting room is the couch, often opposite the fireplace. The good thing is, no one can tell you where to put your furniture. Well, someone can, but it’s your choice to listen or not. It’s unsurprising people turn to interior designers. However, there are those to whom the only priority is comfort and/or ease of manoeuvring throughout the room. It’s likely the most popular room in the house, and most frequently used. Make this decision first: are you able to wrangle your household into keeping a set-up that may not be as conducive to TV viewing and gaming or neighbour watch meetings, but looks like the pages of Home Beautiful? Or, are you completely focused on the needs of your household?

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If you saw the highly underrated John Hughes’ film “She’s Having a Baby,” you may recall a scene in which newlyweds (played by Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern – she’s now best known as “Lady Grantham” in BBC’s “Downton Abbey”) by laying out newspapers in lieu of furniture, in order to figure out how best to arrange things.

 

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The first step is to determine how your family uses the room.

  • Next, look at the entrances to the room. Are there doors? Do the doors open in or out? This question is important, because it determines the placement of furniture (you have to leave that space open for the doors to open fully).
  • Is the room a destination room or a pathway to another room? Let’s assume that since you’re considering putting your couch there, it is a destination room
  • Consider what kind of vibe you’d like your room to have – are you someone  who prefers an open and spacious feel, or one who likes cosy and intimate?
  • Will you use the room for entertainment? If you’re planning on hosting meetings, events, or parties, you’ll need flexibility in your furniture choices. You might want to have folding chairs, squirreled away in nearby closets, for easy access.
  • We will assume that you’re leaning towards a more traditional sitting room. That means, there are furniture placement guidelines
  • Between the sofa and side chairs, designers allow 48- to 100-inches. But, again, you don’t have to adhere to anything but your own interests.
  • Coffee tables are generally placed in front of the couches and the normal placement is 14- to 18-inches from the sofa. If you have either smaller children or a tall household, you’ll want to adjust the table accordingly.
  • Will television be a priority? (It sure is in our house.) The “normal” guidelines is that the TV should be placed at three times the screen size. Given the popularity of gigantic TVs, this may not be realistic.

Traffic

For traffic lanes, three-feet of space is recommended, but if you have those aforementioned tall and/or large family members, or several children, you may opt for an extra foot as a safety precaution for both family and furniture.

Tips for Couch Placement

  • Place the largest couch in front of a window (facing into the room) and the loveseat or smaller couch facing it. The room will be balanced.
  • It’s not a rule – you don’t have to put your couch in front of the fireplace.
  • If you have a large room, place two same-size couches across from each other.
  • Speaking of size, as tempted as you might be, remember that sectionals only work in larger spaces. A sectional should be your only couch in the room and is actually designed for TV viewing, not conversation.
  • For a small room, choose a smaller couch and chairs as seating. You can consider an upholstered table as additional seating, too.
  • For an unusual shaped room, choose the best-suited wall for the couch and balance it with a table and chairs.
  • You may be tempted to push a couch back against the wall. It’s actually better to put it inches away, as it creates breathing room and makes small spaces appear larger.

Ultimately, you may find you’ll have to try at least a couple variations (likely more) to see what works both aesthetically and practically for you and your family.

Four Ways to Have a Successful Home Renovation

Successful home renovation projects take time, effort, and a bit of planning. Regardless of whether you are renovating just a portion of the place or starting from scratch, there are a few tricks of the trade that can help keep the process running smoothly from beginning to end.

Here are four tips that can help keep your renovation on track and as hassle-free as possible:

1. Organization

Being as organized as possible throughout the remainder of the renovation can help keep the project on track. Being equipped with a game plan will help you maintain a semblance of normalcy throughout the project, as well as help you keep track of the budget. Although unexpected expenses and unforeseen circumstances cannot be accounted for, having a well-organized renovation plan can help eliminate any stress with remodeling projects.

2. Safety

Some of the most dangerous accidents happen on construction sites. If you are living in the home during the remodel, be aware of your surroundings. Open gas lines, active electrical wires, and dangerous tools are some of the most common sources for accidents. For example, a landline phone cord generates electricity, and if used or touched, it could send a shock or even start a fire. In that instance, your best bet would be to use Austin TX phone service, which provides a landline home phone service via wireless Internet. But, in general, when it comes to home renovations, live wires and other dangerous issues can arise at any moment; thus, it is imperative to be on guard.

3. Recommendations

If you decide to hire a contractor instead of completing the renovation work yourself, the first step is to find a contractor who is reliable and comes with a high recommendation. There has been many a person who has been burned by shady contractors who have left job sites incomplete or not structurally sound. When picking a contractor, ask them for references and check to see if they have a good record with the Better Business Bureau. And, if possible, evaluate a potential contractor by visiting one of their current job sites.

4. Temporary Camp

Perhaps the toughest part of any renovation is living through it. While temporarily moving in with friends or family can be straining, if you decide to live inside of your home through the renovation, it can be extremely frustrating to live normally through the project. In these moments, recall why you took on the renovation in the first place, and picture the end result. This will help to ease any stress that creeps in while living through construction.

Consider setting up a temporary camp inside of the house where you can have some semblance of normality. This idea is especially crucial when it comes to kitchen renovations, as living without a kitchen for an unforeseen time can prove to be one of the most difficult obstacles. Set up an area that includes a refrigerator, a microwave, toaster oven, and a coffee machine so that you have an area to cook in.

Following these tips can help keep your project running as smoothly as possible.

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Top Geeky Books for 2015

There were some brilliant books released in 2014 and it already seems as though 2015 is going to be as good if not better.

If you are looking forward to settling down with a few cracking good reads in the coming years then here are a few titles to bear in mind.

Pocket Apocalypse – Seanan McGuire

This 2015 paperback release follows the adventures of cryptozoologist Alexander Price. Leaving behind his tangled family and personal life he heads to Australia. The adventures and the danger really pick up once he gets Down Under. You can expect a cracking pace, some interesting twists and lots of werewolves in this book. It definitely sounds like it could brighten up a few of our days this year.

I am Princess X – Cherie Priest

The intriguing premise for this book is that a couple of friends create a comic strip style heroine called Princess X together. One of them dies and the Princess comic idea ends with her death. However, years later the surviving friend sees Princess X images everywhere. Is her supposedly dead friend still alive? The book promises to be illustrated with comic book images and sounds like it could be a fascinating read for fans of the comic strip genre.

Cold Iron – Stina Leicht

It´s a June 2015 release date for this new book. Cold Iron follows a couple of royal twins who get swept up in an epic fantasy adventure. It promises to be filled with battles, magic and even some pirates. This book sounds as though it could be a really good new read and a fine way to get caught up in a fantasy world for a few days of reading.

Binary Star – Sarah Gerard

One of the most eagerly awaited books of 2015, this is the tale of a mixed-up couple who go on a road trip and discover vegananarchism along the way. The critics who have had a sneak preview of the book have pretty much all been impressed and there is a feeling that it could be one of the most exciting and successful books of the coming year.

Find Me – Laura Van Den Berg

The author of this book is better known for her short stories but Find Me could be a big hit in 2015. The basic idea is that a young woman with some problems in her life appears to be the only person who is immune to a terrible epidemic sweeping the land.  Expect a lot of dark humour and some exciting action as our heroine travels across the turmoil of the epidemic ridden US to try and find her mother.

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

This new thriller has a January release date and already has a film option attached to it, so a lot of people are really looking forward to reading it. The Girl on the Train is about a girl who gets unwittingly drawn into a murder mystery on the usual daily commute to work. It has been described as a gripping thriller that will have you turning the pages all night long.

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Having a Custom Home Theater

Going to the movies was once a fun, popular and affordable way to spend an evening out. As technology progressed, more people desire to re-create the movie theater experience in their own homes. Home theaters make it possible to enjoy the same high sound and picture quality without the aggravations that come with watching a movie in public. There’s no more missing parts of the dialogue because someone was talking or having to make a bathroom run. Best of all, people could skip the ever-increasing concession prices by making their own snacks.

Choosing a Room and Other Considerations of a Home Theater System

After first deciding to get a home theater, the next choice is where to put it. You obviously want to use a room that your family doesn’t use for a lot of other purposes. The size of the room is also extremely important. A home theater system will not produce good results if you place it in a room that is too small. It also forces you to sit too close to the screen, which often results in a grainy picture quality. Be sure to consider where you will be sitting when you choose the size of your screen.

Acoustics are another major consideration. Square rooms tend to produce poor sound quality, while those that are rounded or rectangular do better. If possible, choose a room that has few or no windows. This helps to contain the sound better. Be sure to consider where you will be sitting before you place the speakers. Keep in mind that the sound surrounds you and that it will sound distorted if you place the speakers too close.

Importance of Professional Installation

After you have gone to the trouble to select the best room and equipment for your home theater, you might assume that installing it will be easy. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for most people. A proper home theater installation requires many professionals to work together to ultimately ensure a satisfactory viewing experience.

In addition, home theater installation experts must make several technical calculations that the average homeowner doesn’t understand. If the electrical supply to the room where the home theater is going is not wired properly, this must be corrected before the installation gets underway. When homeowners ignore these basic considerations, it can result in serious safety issues for their family.

Choosing a Home Theater Installation Company

Many people choose to purchase their home theater equipment from the same company that installs it. If you plan to do this, the first thing to do is find a company that offers free consultations in your home. If you aren’t certain of exactly what you want, this gives you the opportunity to receive professional feedback about a wide range of products. It also enables the home theater company to understand your home’s decor and architectural style as well as your budget. The person who provides your estimate should tailor his or her approach to your individual needs.

Your installation team may consist of an interior designer, lighting consultant, electrician and architect. Each person should have several years of experience in his or her specialty and be able to answer your questions with confidence.

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Do a Literary Tour of England

England has produced some of the finest works in the history of literature and we continue to do so to this day. The novels that come from this small isle have such memorable settings that they attract people from all over the globe that are looking to see where Tolkien got his inspiration for Middle Earth or to see the Scottish Highlands where Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is supposedly situated. Let me take you through four of some of the best literary sites to see. There are too many to name, so I thought I’d pick four contrasting ones.

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The home of the famous detective from Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels and short stories. Sherlock Holmes proved so popular that when Doyle killed him off, the demand and outrage from the readers forced him to bring his favourite creation back to life. If you too would have been there in Victorian London, campaigning for your favourite hero to be brought back to life, then you can’t ignore 221b Baker Street in London.

Stratford upon Avon

Sherlock may be one of England’s most famous exports; however he is eclipsed by a little known playwright by the name of William Shakespeare. The Elizabethan writer has managed to capture the hearts of the world like no one has or probably will do. Aside from a few isolated tribes, every living human has heard of Shakespeare and almost everyone has seen a play of his. There are literally hundreds of things we say every day that were first said in a Shakespeare play. In fact, I’ve probably used one in this article without realising it. Anyway, when coming to England, be sure to go to Stratford and visit his home and that of his mother and wife. Afterward you can see a Royal Shakespeare Company production of one of his plays at the RSC.

Brontë’s Yorkshire Moors

Wuthering Heights is one of the greatest novels of the 19th Century (in my opinion, one of the best in any century) and for any lover of this novel, the Yorkshire Moors (the setting) will prove a magical experience. A lot of the Moors have remained untouched since Brontë’s life time and so would be a great place to explore. You could even look for dog friendly hotels in My Pawson and bring them along as the walks in this part of the country are stunning. As are the ones in the next section.

Hardy’s West Country

The West Country has proved again and again to be of great inspiration to writers, but probably none as much as Thomas Hardy; the writer of Tess of the d’Urbervilles and The Mayor of Casterbridge to name just two. The West Country is, in my opinion, the most beautiful part of the whole of the British Isles (but I’m biased). You’ll have to decide for yourself whether it’s truly as special as I think it is. Bring your dog, walk along the coasts and rolling hills of this beautiful area and you’ll see what I mean, as hopefully you will with the whole of Britain.

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Deciding what to take with you when moving abroad

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If you decide to move abroad, then you are going to have to weigh carefully exactly what you are going to take with you. Moving can be an expensive business and the more you have, the more it will cost.

With the world seeming to be a lot smaller place, you find that people emigrate to all corners of the globe for various different reasons. Many people dream of moving to a sunnier climate, or for a better quality of life. If you intend to move abroad, you will need to plan your move accordingly. One of the first things you will need to do is to sort out what you are going to take with you, and what you are going to leave behind.

What Furniture to Take?

Before you decide to take any of your furniture with you abroad, you are best off checking out the price of furniture in your destination. You may find that furniture is relatively cheap, and the cost for shipping your furniture outweighs the cost of buying new furniture. You may have a sentimental attachment to some of your furniture so would not want to leave it behind. No matter how much you are looking to take with you, you will find that one of the most cost efficient ways to transport large amounts of cargo is to hire a shipping container. A shipping container allows you to transport large amounts of cargo easily, and at a reasonable cost.

Packing up your Home

As well as hiring a shipping container, you will also need to buy packing boxes in order to pack up all of your belongings. These are readily available and come in a variety of different sizes. You are best to work on one room at a time and fill the boxes with everything that you wish to take. Make sure that you load the heavier objects at the bottom of the box, and also use plenty of packing tape to seal the boxes. It is also a very good idea to use a marker pen to write on the outside of the box. You should write the room the box came from, as well as a brief description of the contents, as doing this will make unpacking at your destination a simpler task. Work your way through each room and pack up everything you need to, putting everything that you are not taking in a spate pile.

Loading up your Shipping Container

When you have packed up all of your contents, it is then time to load this onto your shipping container. Just as when you pack your boxes, you will need to make sure that place all of the heavier and bulkier items at the bottom of the shipping container. Line the walls of the shipping container with the boxes that you have packed, and keep the more fragile items in the centre of the container. You will need to make sure that you do not over stack the boxes, and keep the heavier boxes at the bottom. Within the inside of the shipping container, there are bullrings that you can use to lash down your cargo. You can also use a spread a cargo net over the load, and then lash this down securely at the points along the container walls. The cargo net and lashings will help to make sure that your possessions do not move during transit, and get damaged. All you need to do then is have a shipping company collect your container and it is on its way to your new home. Shipping can take a number of weeks, depending on where you are moving to, which gives you time to go ahead and secure yourself a new home. When you shipping container arrives, you can unload the contents in your new home, and get ready for a new chapter in your life.

 

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Taking Better Care of Your Fence

A fence represents a significant investment to homeowners, and it is far cheaper to repair or restore most fences than it is to replace and re-install these features around the home. Depending on the types of fence present on the property, there are some simple ways to extend the life and maintain the fencing so it continues to provide security and containment.

Some tips that can help maintain a fence include the following:

Choosing the Right Fencing

The type of fencing that a homeowner buys will dictate how much maintenance it will require, as well as how much it will cost. When shopping for fencing materials, the primary purpose of the fence is an integral issue and will determine the best and most cost-efficient approach for homeowners to take. Whether the buyer is seeking a picket-style fence for curb appeal or a barrier to contain livestock or pets, home improvement venues and fencing contractors will be able to help narrow down the field of options to find the most practical fencing solution.

Maintaining Wood Fencing

Wood is a popular fencing choice due to its inherent functional and aesthetic qualities. Wood fencing is versatile, and can be painted or stained to become cohesive with a home or building. Some other wood fencing tips include using pressure treated wood for the posts to avoid the deterioration from moisture and insects. Painting and staining may also preserve the pickets or rungs of the structure, too. Cedar and Redwood are good choices that are particularly resilient toward the elements. Wood fences can last up to fifteen years, with maintenance and care.

Making the Most of Metal Fencing

Metal fences are also versatile, and shoppers may be looking for practical and sturdy chain-link or the most visually appealing wrought iron fence for their property. It is important to buy materials that are treated with a rust-inhibitor, and to reapply this solution in spots that are scratched or flaking. Plan on washing the metal fencing every six months to keep it clean, as well as to identify any issues or rust that may appear. These can be removed with steel wool, and treated with vinegar to curb any further deterioration. Two good coats of paint are another way to protect the metal fence from disrepair. With attention, a metal fence can last a lifetime.

Protecting plastic fencing

Perhaps the easiest fencing to take care of is the PVC vinyl fencing that is available on the consumer market. These are easily cleaned with a garden hose, and are remarkably versatile in any climate or conditions. These fences are not prone to cracking or breaking, and they are offered in styles that replicate the look of a more traditional wooden fence. While these are an ideal choice for practically any climate, they can display the propensity to mildew when used near water sources or in the path of a sprinkler system. The cost of a vinyl fence is prohibitive to some consumers, and these fences typically last up to 30 years.

According to Lone Star Fence (www.lonestarfenceco.com), taking care of the home’s fencing is a practical alternative than having to replace an ill-maintained fence. When homeowners select the most appropriate fencing materials for their property and needs, as well as take effort to provide preventative maintenance on their fence, it can last for years and years to come.

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Avoiding Clogged Pipes

It’s happened again. Your sink is draining slower than a bucket of frozen molasses. Every time you wash a dish or brush your teeth, you end up with a sink full of nasty water, and all you can do is wait for it to trickle away, and then call the plumber—again—or reach for the Drano.  You haven’t been putting anything ridiculous down the drain and you’re pretty sure your kids’ toys haven’t been spelunking in the kitchen sink lately.

It turns out that you may have been putting more down the drain than you realize. Here are a few basic things you can do to avoid constantly clogging drains:

Don’t Put That Down the Drain

There are some things that just shouldn’t go down a drain! Some are pretty obvious: you shouldn’t put rocks down your drain; you shouldn’t try to wash your pet hamster’s bedding down the sink. Others are less obvious. Some examples of things that should never go down the drain are: paint, hair, cooking grease, chunks of food (anything bigger than a grain of rice is liable to become a problem) and bones. There are other culprits, of course, but these are the most common. One of the reasons is, as you’re probably thinking right now, it seems pretty hard to avoid getting hair down the drain! And what are you supposed to do with the leftover grease from that delicious chicken dinner you just made?

Get Drain Covers

These look like tiny strainers, and you can find them at hardware stores, department stores and even some grocery stores. The best ones sit in your drain, rather than being a dome above it, so that they don’t get knocked out of place easily. These little guys are a lifesaver. When you’re done using the sink, just dump the contents into the trash.

Flush it!

That’s right. A lot of stuff that can’t go down the sink can be flushed down the toilet. This mostly applies to things like wads of hair or chunks of food. According to Tiger Industrial Rentals, your number one choice when looking for affordable pipeline construction, the pipes coming from your toilet are bigger than the ones to your sink, so they aren’t going to get choked up by your beard trimmings, or that terrifyingly ancient pot of soup you found in the back of the fridge.

Dealing with grease

Leftover cooking grease can be a problem. Of course, the best method is to dump it into an empty jam jar and then put it in the trash. There’s also a way of rinsing it down your sink, if you don’t have much (less than a cup). Just add dish-soap to whatever the grease is in, and mix it up until the whole thing turns a milky color (this can take a lot of dish soap, depending on how much grease you have). The soap breaks down the grease, so that it won’t be able to congeal later. Then, turn on the water as hot as it goes, and rinse it all down the drain. Keep the water on for about a minute after you pour the grease in, just to make sure it’s all gone.

These tips are basic, but that’s part of what’s great about them! With just a little effort, you may never have to clean out another blocked pipe.

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