Recent Drains Articles

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Household Plumbing Questions You Always Wanted to Ask

Posted by Laura Firszt | Feb 23, 2016

Q. Do I need a permit to upgrade my plumbing? A. When in doubt, check it out. Even an apparently minor plumbing upgrade like water heater replacement may require a permit, and every...


Are You a DIY Plumber Wannabe? 10 Basic Do's and Don'ts

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jan 25, 2016

DON'T just dive right in -- figuratively, that is -- when it comes to DIY plumbing installation and repairs. Learn by partnering with someone experienced at first. When you are...

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11 Easy Tips for Natural Tooth Care

Posted by Laura Firszt | Feb 19, 2015

How to keep your teeth clean and bright and your breath smelling sweet? Regular brushing and flossing are essential, of course, but there’s even more you can do. Whether you’re...

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27 Dishwasher Maintenance Tips to Maximize Performance

Posted by Laura Firszt | Nov 13, 2014

A dishwasher is a marvelous time- and labor-saving device. A green one will also conserve energy and water, actually consuming less water than washing plates and pots by hand. (Besides,...

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The Best Ways to Clear a Clogged Floor Drain

Posted by Laura Firszt | Oct 23, 2014

On the floor of your home's utility areas such as the laundry room, basement, and garage, lives a hardworking, underappreciated piece of plumbing known as a floor drain. Although it...

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Why Roto-Rooter is a Household Word for Drain Cleaning

Posted by Laura Firszt | Aug 26, 2014

Roto-Rooter has become so synonymous with sewer and drain cleaning in the minds – and speech – of most Americans that many of us are shocked to find this common term is...

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Healthy Fixes for Unpleasant Household Odors

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jul 23, 2014

Phew! What’s that smell? We human beings are very sensitive to disagreeable household scents, which make a house feel somehow less clean and homey. Get rid of unlovely odors with...

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Uses for Eggshells that Would Make Grandma Smile

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 08, 2014

My introduction to recycling came in my grandmother's garden. Granddad was a big-city veterinarian who, years ahead of this century’s homesteading movement, decided to buy a farm...