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The bathroom is one area of the home that you shouldn’t put off cleaning. Unlike living areas or bedrooms, bathrooms are exposed to much more than everyday dirt or dust and the occasional spill. Surfaces like sinks, toilets, bathtubs and shower fixtures can collect bacteria, hard-water deposits, mold or mildew, soap scum and other gross buildup over time, so it’s crucial to stay on top of regular bathroom cleaning.

Once you’ve experienced the trauma of frozen water pipes, you take extremely cold weather and your home’s vulnerability more seriously. The low temperature freezes the water inside the pipes. The pipes can then burst, causing extensive damage. Take some precautions to prepare for water pipes freezing and avoid waking up on a cold morning and turning on the faucet to find no water coming out.

We have the uncanny ability to find our bathtub drain clogged before we have a busy day and not much free time. Our solution to unclog the drain works sometimes, but not always. Most clogs in a tub drain occur from a buildup of hair in the drain; the choice is unclog it yourself or call for help.

The trend in remodeling continues, reports the recent Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) from Harvard’s Remodeling Futures Program. Any upgrade even replacing a bathroom faucet won’t go unnoticed if you decide to sell your home, so don’t hesitate to make the upgrade and enjoy using it.

Toilets are a pretty important part of your life is my guess. They may appear simple to you, but in reality, they’ re quite complex. I’ m going to try to demystify the porcelain pedestal in an effort to minimize problems you might have with one in the future.

TikTok creator @jessicahaizman shows you an easier way to clean calcium, lime, and mildew out of your shower head and sink by putting a vinegar filled bag over the opening of each. Letting it soak before you scrub saves you a ton of effort.

TikTok creator @shaynateresetaylor uses a natural method to get rid of weird odors in the kitchen sink. First, fill the sink with baking soda and let it sit. Then pour in some distilled white vinegar. The reaction will break down old grime and food particles for a deep clean without scrubbing.

Do you wonder how septic systems work? I never gave it much thought in all the years I lived in Cincinnati. Every house I lived in was connected to a municipal sewer line. Just about every house I built I connected to a sewer line. Few of the houses I built needed their own septic systems.

While it may seem that replacing a kitchen faucet will be a straightforward swap of an old faucet for a new one, the first phase of the job may be the most challenging. Another issue is working in the dark on your back with your head and shoulders squeezed in the confines of a base cabinet. There is a staggering amount of kitchen faucet styles, finishes and features to...

I’ve been a master plumber since 1981. I’ve always loved doing plumbing because it’s a very interesting three-dimensional challenge to install drain, waste and vent (DWV) piping in a new home or a large remodeling job. Because I was also the lead carpenter and builder on my jobs, I was able to think ahead to ensure that all the framing and rough lumber was installed so it would not have to be butchered to get the pipes in.

A nice upgrade to a bathtub with an old stationary showerhead is replacing it with a movable hand shower on a bar. It’ s a popular improvement and convenient addition that extends the use of the bathtub. With a movable head, it can become a soothing spray of warm water to massage sore joints, back pain and muscles.

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In general, grass needs 1 to 2 inches of water a week for a healthy root system. Keep an eye on the daily temperature and make sure you water the grass before the first frost. This will strengthen the grass and protect it from cold damage.

Unblocking a clogged sink drain is one of life’ s little lessons that everyone should know how to handle. In the kitchen, a clog is caused by grease or food scraps lodged in the drain; in the bathroom, it’ s hair and a buildup of soap scum. Wherever it happens, a clog in a drain stops the water from flowing through the pipe.

An outdoor shower is ideal for a nice, quick wash down with fresh water after a day at the beach, dip in the pool or swim in the lake. While you’ve probably seen custom-built outdoor showers that look like they’re an indoor bathroom with hot and cold running water, we’re talking about a more modest freestanding shower unit hooked up to a garden hose outside.

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The average gasoline price jumped six cents to $2.96 over the past week, and it's expected to continue climbing because of the pipeline closure, according to AAA. Mississippi, Tennessee and the East Coast from Georgia to Delaware are the most likely to experience limited fuel availability and higher prices, and if the national average rises by three more cents, these would be the highest prices since November 2014, according to AAA.

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