5 Reasons to Keep up with Your Drain Cleaning

Plumbing

When problems happen at your home, it can be an incredible hassle.  These problems could include your hot water heater going out, a window breaking, your lock on your front door not functioning properly, your air conditioning going out, or a pipe bursting in the wall.  Not only do these problems force you to find time to fix them, but they can also cost you a great deal of money.  The best way to solve problems such as these is to prevent them from ever happening.  For example, getting consistent maintenance checks performed on your hot water heater will catch any problems before they arise. The same goes for the issue of having a pipe burst or having water back up into your home.  All you need to do to prevent this issue is keep up with your drain and duct cleaning.  Here are five reasons to do so.

1.  Prevention.  This was outline above, but it’s important enough to reiterate. The best way to prevent a major issue in your plumbing system is to have that system regularly cleaned and checked. A plumbing company can put what they call a “snake” down your pipes and force any items that may be stuck in their out, such as food debris or toilet paper. Regularly getting your pipes “snaked” is the best way to prevent them from getting damage down the road. In addition to this, they can also put a line with a video camera on it down your pipes, to see if there has been any erosion. By doing this, you catch problems before it is too late.

2.  Simplicity.  The process of having your drains cleaned is simple, so there is really no excuse for not having it done consistently.  It only takes a few short minutes to prevent hours of headaches later.

3.  Affordability.  In addition to the simplicity of cleaning drains, it is also incredibly affordable.

4.  Protect Against Unexpected Costs.  If you have ever had a pipe burst, then you understand how much it can cost you. Not only do you have to call in emergency service to shut off the water and replace the pipe, but wherever the pipe burst it also will cause significant water damage. If it happens in your living room, you might have to purchase all new furniture. No matter where it happens, you’ll probably have to replace some drywall and even replace the floor. In the end, it can cost you thousands of dollars. Having your drains cleaned prevents these costs.

5.  Safety.  Finally, having a pipe burst can be dangerous. It causes a large amount of water to rush into your home, where it can be dangerous for animals or small children.  Take the time to clean your drains and save your family from these risks.

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Three DIY Garden Decoration Ideas

Decoration Ideas

The outdoors is a wonderful place most of us really enjoy spending time in, fresh air and sunlight can do good for anyone. Even if we really don’t have much time to deal with it, we can still create a unique and interesting experience for all who enjoy our garden space. You can really change things around, but to do that you will have to do a good bit of work yourself. There are a few ideas ahead which will give you an idea about the things you can do to make it happen. Even if you happen to be a novice at gardening, you won’t have to worry about it too much, as you can still do a good bit of decorating done without wasting too much resources. Whether it‘s a patio or a large backyard, the following ideas will work for all situations with a little bit of preparation

Ideas are Following

Making a Glass Bottle Border

The next time you decide to toss your glass bottles in the trash, you may want to consider using them for other purposes. Saving them up and using them for another purpose will give you a lot more to use when you need it. Bury the tops of the bottles and use their colorful bottom ends exposed to the elements for a simple, yet rewarding border for your vegetable or flower patches. If you don’t really buy glass bottles too often, you can usually find them pretty cheap online or at recycling centers or even a restaurant you may visit, giving them a second chance at life around your home. 

Hanging Beaded Planters

Grab a wire cutter, wire, some beads and buttons, needle-nose pliers  and anything else you believe you may need to thread together, as well as a container. You can drill some water holes into the container, just a few on the bottom and three around the lip of it so you can thread the wire through it. Loop said wire through the holes and twist it a few times to give it strength. You will then need to begin threading the flare into the wire, such as plastic beads, buttons and other similar colorful additions, so they can shimmer and shine in direct sunlight. Make sure you thread all 3 wires in the same length and twist them around the edges, making a loop for it to hang on.

A Fire Pit

You will need the following materials: some marine silicone, small oval rocks, glass frames, a metal mesh, a metal planter with an edge and gel fuel. Once you have all of this, you will need to move on to making the glass box. Run a bead of silicone on the edge of the glass panel, then place another piece over the siliconed edge. Press the edge onto it and hold it together like that for a few minutes until it settles and holds. Follow that up by doing the second edge, then wait for it and prop both sides up until they can stand and look like four walls. You will now need to run a thin bead of silicone on both exposed edges of the glass, then place the final piece between the two edges and make sure you don’t smear any of it. When you’re done you should have a box. Once it dries off, you can place it on top of the metal planter, making sure you have enough edge near the center so you can put metal mesh on it. Cut a piece of the mesh that fits the glass box, then place your gel fuel in the middle, still in its can. Cover the surface of the planter with the mesh, then cover it with some rocks, leaving some space between the rocks so the fire will still burn. You should always use fuel meant for gel fireplaces and you would be even able to use the fire pit indoors too. Always make sure you use a metal planter for the bottom. The flames will last for about three hours and you can always snuff them out by covering the can of gel fuel with something non-flammable.

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