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Mineral oil to the rescue

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A problem with basement floor drains is that the water in them can evaporate and sewer gases can enter your house.  What is the simplest way to prevent this from happening?  Put some mineral oil in the drain.  The oil will form a barrier on the surface of the...

Yellow Submarine Drainstick

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If you have young children, I’d like to recommend that you keep drain-opening chemicals locked up or outside your house. For a chemical-free alternative, check out the Yellow Submarine Drainstick. This nifty little gadget basically spins a special stick that you put down your clogged drain. It runs on...

A drain dilemma

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Two safety tips on cleaning a clogged drain: 1. Never mix different drain products. You could have a violent chemical reaction. 2. Never plunge a sink that you’ve poured drain opener down. The chemicals could splash back on you and get in your eyes!

Turning your water off is not enough!

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When you leave your house to go on vacation it’s important to turn off the water off to your house and it’s a little known fact you should drain your pipes as well. At this point you should know how to turn the main water off to your house...

That smells better!

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Do you have a smelly bathroom sink? Spray some bleach into the overflow holes and put some down the drain.

Yellow Submarine Drainstick

Shop-it-to-me

If you have young children, I’d like to recommend that you keep drain-opening chemicals locked up or outside your house. For a chemical-free alternative, check out the Yellow Submarine Drainstick. This nifty little gadget basically spins a special stick that you put down your clogged drain. It runs on...

Filter effect

I’ll confess, I never knew that there are so many things that you can do with coffee filters besides make coffee. For example, you can use them to clean windows and mirrors. They’re lint free and don’t leave streaks. You can use them to drain used cooking oil and...

Cut the fat

The microwave is the easiest way to brown ground beef. A lot of you already know this, but here’s a tip you probably don’t know. Before microwaving, place the beef in a microwave-safe colander and then place the colander in a bowl. When microwaving, the fat from the beef...

Shine, don’t whine

Make sure you use a plastic funnel when you pour drain opener down your sink or tub. Why? Most drain openers have harsh chemicals that can damage the finish of your chrome or brass. Trust me on this one — I learned it the hard way!

Protect your porcelain finish

My wife had a plumber at our house one time to fix some slow drains. Unfortunately, the plumber used some really harsh chemicals, (harsher than the stuff you and I can buy at the store) and damaged a small area of our bathtub’s finish. Here’s the tip: Any time...