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Flooded Home do's and don'ts

If your home has been hit by flooded due to a broken pipe, spring runoff, or backed up sewer, your first instinct is probably to start removing the water right away by whatever means are readily at hand. However, there are right responses and wrong responses to a flooded home and for safety's sake it's essential to know the difference. Here are some do's and don'ts to help you mitigate the problem quickly, safely, and effectively and preserve as many of your belongings as possible.

Do's

* The first thing to do is always to safeguard the safety of your family and pets. If the flooding is severe, have them stay at a neighbor's or family member's house at least until help arrives.
* The second thing to do is to call a good disaster cleanup company in your area: you want professionals on the scene as soon as possible who have the right equipment and the right training to bring about the most positive outcome to a negative situation.
* Do remove paintings, other art objects, and priceless photographs to a safe place right away: this involves making very fast mental prioritizations and then acting on your decisions quickly. Remember: the expensive stereo can be easily replaced, but photos of your children cannot.
* Do use buckets, clean towels, and mops to remove as much of the water from the afflicted rooms as possible. Use white towels on carpets and furniture to prevent bleeding.
* If the ceiling above is bulging with water, do place a bucket underneath the spot and poke a small hole into the ceiling to relieve the pressure and let water through: proceed with care, however.
* Do place sheets of aluminum foil between furniture legs and wet carpet.
* If the weather is nice, open all windows to allow air in and remove as many belongings as possible to dry outside in the sunshine.

Don'ts

* If flood waters include sewage, vacate the house immediately and leave all cleanup duties to the disaster cleanup company.
* Don't attempt to remove standing water using your vacuum cleaner
* Don't turn on electrical appliances in rooms where flooding has occurred
* Don't turn on ceiling fans or lights if the ceiling is wet
* Don't leave colored clothing, magazines, or newspapers on wet hardwood floors or carpeting since discoloration may occur.
* Don't go into any rooms where you feel you may be in danger.

Any level of flooding in a house is serious, since the possibility of mold growth is always present under these conditions. Whether you need Utah disaster cleanup or similar services in Atlanta or Houston, make sure you partner with a disaster response company that can offer you fast professional help when you need it most.

DIY Bathtub repair

Repairing a bathtub doesn't always require professional help. If the problem is basic, anyone can rectify it with the help of a few tools. This article describes some of the bathtub problems that are commonly faced, along with their solutions. Find your DIY bathtub repairs guide inside this article.

 

Imagine this - It has been a long day at work and your limbs are aching and sore. You totter into your apartment, flip on the lights and your "idea-bulb" comes on too! You reach for some heavenly-smelling bath salts, and run towards your bath tub to draw a luxurious bath to soak in with a nice book…and horrors! You remember that you’d forgotten to dial for your plumber to fix that crack on the bathtub that’s causing a leak! Or worse, a drain that was majorly clogged is now completely choking. Or is it a bathtub stopper that refuses to pop up? Have you faced any of these situations? If yes, then you have come to the right place. Read on and learn DIY bath tub repairs.

Bathtub problems are bad especially when you need to relax after a tiring day. However, basic bathtubs repairs can be done in a jiffy and are, dare I say, child’s play. Read on to ensure that you can always settle down for a nice bath anytime you want.  

Different Types of Bathtub Problems and their Solutions:

Clogged drain

A clogged drain is a common problem and no doubt it is the worst of all. Clogged drains are probably due to a build-up of hair and inane dirt-rocks from when you hosed yourself off in the bathtub after trudging through slush on a rainy day. If you think it’s just air, work a suction cup on the mouth of the drain. If it is an actual clog, a simple, cheap apparatus called a ‘blow bag’ or a hydraulic ram, which is predominantly a rubber balloon that expands and blows up when filled with water, can be used. Shove the blow bag into the overflow pipe of the bathtub until its past the bend in the tub drain. Turn on the tap to fill it with water as it expands and lodges itself firmly in the pipe. Once the bag is completely swollen up, it will aggressively break open, loosen up the clog and wash it down the drain. If this is not the case, close the tap immediately and get a ‘plumbing snake’ a.k.a., a closet auger. It is a long, flexible yet tight metal wire with a firm end that is pushed down the drain to jostle the clog out of its tight spot. Put on some water-proof gloves and thrust the snake into the drain. Wedge it clogged draindeeper by turning it in the clockwise direction. When you feel you have reached the clog, unscrew it a bit and push the auger back in again for increased force on the clog. If the auger has lodged into the clog, pull it out for a completely clean tub drain. Be ready to wash the mess once the clog is out. Too much hassle? Of course, prevention is better than repair, so use chemical drain cleaners as required according to the bathtub’s usage and keep the drain clear of hair, soap and shampoo dregs.

 

A pop-up bathtub stopper that won’t pop-up

stuck pop up

This problem could cause the bathtub to waste water, not fill properly or have lethargic draining. Lift the stopper out of the drain, and check if the rubber seal has waned or was damaged. If so, it must be replaced. If this is not it, then screw or ease the nut on the underside of the stopper to adjust its rocker linkage as needed, and cork the drain with the stopper again.

Rust or Stains

rust stains

Rusts or stains on the surface of the bathtub can be scrubbed and removed with some lemon juice mixed with salt. Soak the blotch with some of the solution and scrub it again if it is a tough stain. A natural pumice stone can also be used to get rid of stubborn stains.

Cracks

Cracks are a common menace and those on the surface of fiberglass bathtubs must be fixed with non-abrasive care. Clean and dry the tub and sand the crack with sandpaper lightly. You will need to purchase a fiberglass tub repairing kit, which will cracked bathtubcontain a filler and colors. Mix them together and fill the crack with the kit filler. Once it has dried, smooth the surface with a sandpaper rub. For a porcelain tub, clean and dry the tub, before you apply some caulk onto the crack. Dab at any excess and let it dry. Follow it up with matching porcelain enamel paint. A quick fix for deeper cracks can be a silicon waterproofing sealant followed by the same process. From the above mentioned points it is ascertained that bathtub repairs are easy to carry out if the problem is basic, and the certain required tools are available at hand. However, if the situation gets out of control, it's better to seek a professional help. This would not only save your time, but money as well.

Clogged sink drain cleaning

 

Look familiar? Keep your sink drain clean

The drain in your sink is plugged. What are you going to do about it? If you’re like most people, you reach under the kitchen sink and pull out a jug of Drano to clear the clog. But is this really the best course of action? Probably not. For those of you who are interested in doing more than just postponing dealing with the problem, here are a few drain cleaning tips to keep your water flowing smoothly:

  • Identify what’s causing the clog. There are different ways of dealing with different types of clogged drains. The most common reason that a drain becomes clogged is because there is hair in the drain. This is particularly true for shower drains but may occur in sink drains as well. A drain stick with barbs on the side can be run into the drain to collect the hair. This same solution won’t work if you’ve got something, such as candle wax, that’s adhered to the sides of your drains. Knowing what solution to use requires that you know what’s causing the clog.

  • Stock up on a few simple tools. You can’t do a job correctly if you don’t have the right tools to do it. And you don’t want to wait until you have a clogged drain to go out and buy what you need. The aforementioned drain stick should be a common household item. Get one that’s smooth and one with barbs. A small wet/dry vacuum is also a good item to have in the kitchen closet. And of course, every bathroom should have a plunger.

  • Start with natural solutions. Instead of pouring the harsh chemicals like Drano down your drains, try out a solution that’s based in natural ingredients. A strong vinegar-and-lemon solution might do the trick if you just have some build-up that’s caking the sides of your drain.

  • Take it apart and use some elbow grease. If you’re handy in the home repair department, you can take apart the pipes of your drain and clean them out. A toothbrush and scrubbing pad should do the trick. Just make sure that you know what you’re doing before you start dismantling your plumbing. You don’t want to get the whole thing taken apart and make it shiny brand new if you don’t know how to put it back together again!

The best thing that you can do to clean your drains properly is to prevent them from getting clogged. Use a strainer to catch hair so that it doesn’t get caught in the drain. Run a natural solution down the drain on a bi-weekly basis. Prevent problems before they occur. At the other end of the spectrum, don’t assume that you can take care of everything yourself. If you’ve dug out the hair, run the solution and dislodged gunk with the wet/vac and you still have a clogged drain, you need to call a plumber. You don’t want to do damage to the pipes that make your home run smoothly.

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