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Money (And Toxic Chemicals) Going Down Your Drain? 4 Affordable, Natural Options For Removing Kitchen Sink Clogs

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Washing dishes, cooking, and cleaning can wreak havoc on your kitchen sink. Leftover food, grease, dirt, and debris can build up inside your sink drain, leading to annoying clogs, foul odors, and expensive repairs. Considering the average cost to clear a tub, kitchen, or bathroom drain can run between $109 to $214, you may attempt to remove a clog on your own.  Unfortunately, removing the clog with drain cleaning chemicals creates toxic fumes and possible corrosion of your underlying plumbing due to the harsh chemicals. Read More»

Monthly Maintenance Musts You Might Have Forgotten About

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When you own a home, the maintenance required can seem unending at times. During the summer, you need to remember to change your air conditioning filters. In the winter, you should check your oil levels so you aren’t caught unaware with no heat or hot water on a freezing cold day. The lawn needs to be mowed weekly in the summer, leaves raked in the fall, snow shoveled in the winter and weeds pulled in the spring. Read More»

4 Tips To Extend The Life Of Your Pool Plaster

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Pool plaster is essentially the glue that holds your pool together. After the general construction of your inground pool takes place – the drains, the return lines, the in-floor cleaning system – then the pool is shot with gunite. From there, the tiling and stones are placed in the lining of your pool. Finally, it is troweled with plaster. Pool plaster holds together all of these parts and also acts as a watertight sealant so your pool does not leak and waste water. Read More»

How to Diagnose & Fix Your Ductless Heat Pump's Remote Control

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There are plenty of things that you’ll notice about your new ductless heat pump that’s a bit different from a typical central heat pump. Instead of a conventional thermostat, your ductless heat pump is controlled by a handheld remote. In the event that anything goes wrong with your remote control, you can easily troubleshoot the problem with the helpful advice found below. Check Those Batteries First If you’re having trouble out of your remote control, you should check the batteries first. Read More»

2 Reasons Why Your Slate Roof May Fail

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If you own a historic residence, then you may be surrounded by ornate beauty. This may include the roof if a slate construction was utilized to form the top portion of your home. These roofs can last between 40 and 200 years. However, if your roof appears to be deteriorating well before the 200 year mark, then a replacement or repair may be in order. To better understand why this may be the case, keep reading to learn about two common reasons why a slate roof may fail. Read More»