Life Hacks and How They Can Help You Around the Home
Life hacks, why are people talking about them and what are they? Wiki defines them as a strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one's time and daily activities in a more efficient way.
We've compiled a list of the best lifehacks to help you around the home, including a few tips you can try before you call us to help with your blocked drains.
Making your showerhead brand new: Pour some white vinegar into a , and secure it to the shower head with a . Run the shower, and the white vinegar will go to work and clean it like new.
Paper clip trick: Use paper clips to hold the cut-off spot on sticky tape.
Removing water stains in your laundry, kitchen or bathroom: Clean water stains by rubbing them with a sliced lemon. The citric acid dissolves the stains like magic.
Getting a firmer grip on tools: To get a firmer grip on a hammer or screwdriver, wrap a rubber band around the handle.
On-the-go BBQ with your Toolbox: Check out this cool contraption! http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Portable-Tool-Box-Grill/?ALLSTEPS
Improve the seal on your plunger: Need to deal with a blocked sink? If you don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty, some petroleum jelly can increase the suction power of your plunger.
Flush your blocked drains with boiling water: One of the first and easiest things you can do is simply flush your drain with a kettle full of boiling water. It’s not guaranteed to unclog physical or grease blockages, but if you have a slow drain that you think is due to a light or small blockage, a good boiling water flush can clear it out with minimal effort. Wait until the sink or tub has finally drained, and then flush with water.
A note of caution though: the boiling water trick works best on metal pipes. If you have PVC pipes, boiling water can soften or melt the joints in your pipes. If you don’t know, don’t use boiling water — just use hot water, or water as hot as your tap normally makes it.
When All Else Fails: Yes, you can use chemical drain cleaners, but as we said earlier they can do more harm than good in some cases, and if you’re trying to be environmentally friendly they’re certainly not green. The bigger problem with chemical drain cleaners is that they’re just not very effective at the type of clogs that you would need a snake or plunger for anyway, and if they don’t work you wind up with a sink or toilet that’s backed up, clogged, and now full of drain cleaner. Only use them as a last resort, if at all.
If none of the above methods work, it's definitely time to call us. You may have a deep clog somewhere in your walls, or a backup beyond the reach of most household tools. Remember you can save $30 using our handy online booking system here