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How to Prepare Your Bathroom for Holiday Guests

How to Prepare Your Bathroom for Holiday Guests

The holidays are a time filled with the joyful sounds of a house full of family and friends coming together to celebrate the good things in life. As you race around your house trying to clean and prep for guests this holiday season, don’t overlook your bathroom! Use these tips to make sure your bathroom is ready for your house guests. Check the Water Heater Between showers, dishes, and hand washing, your water heater is in for a rough time when the family is in town. Make sure yours is ready for the challenge with the help of a certified plumber who understands how to coax the most warmth out of it. Toiling at the Toilet A toilet bowl filled with stains and grime can be horribly off-putting to guests, and it’s one part of the house that everyone will visit before they head home. You can use a tank insert with a cleaning solution to limit the development of toilet troubles, but even the cleanest toilet can use sprucing up before a major event. A seltzer tablet in the tank will sizzle through the gunk and break it down in preparation for a scrubbing. Let Your Tiles Shine As soap, water and other substances splash over the tiles of the bathroom, a thin film forms over them. Put 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of ammonia and seven cups of water into a bucket to make a powerful cleaning solution, and then get down there and scrub. Save the tiles for last in case your other cleaning knocks dust and other particles onto the tiles. Get the...
What You Shouldn’t Put Down Your Drain after Thanksgiving Dinner

What You Shouldn’t Put Down Your Drain after Thanksgiving Dinner

Clogged or sluggish drains are one of the most common household complaints when it comes to plumbing. In fact, they are so common that you have probably already dealt with one yourself. The good news is many problems with clogs can be avoided with a little care and attention in the kitchen and bathroom. So before you start cleaning up after your Thanksgiving dinner, make sure you know¬†what foods you shouldn’t be putting down your drain. In the Kitchen Nearly everyone knows that pouring grease or fat down the drain is a no-no, but not everyone realizes that there a host of common foods that also contribute to grease buildup in the drain. Fats from cooking should always be poured into a can or other container and discarded in the trash once the grease cools. Dishes used to cook or serve the following foods should be scraped thoroughly before washing in the sink. Gravy and Sauces: It seems logical to rinse these foods down the drain, but you are asking for trouble if you do. They typically contain high amounts of fat and grease that will cling to the insides of your drain pipes. Cheese and Dairy Products: Cheese is a high-fat food that also contributes to drain problems. Dishes from casseroles, dips and sauces that contain cheese and dairy products can add grease to the drain. Soups: Many homemade soups, especially those made from homemade broth, contain fat and grease. Meat Drippings: Those drippings in the bottom of the pan might look like juices from the meat, but most are laden with fat. Bits of food, coffee grounds...