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How to Clean Shower Tile Grout

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Nov 9, 2017 9:43:23 AM

TV commercials make cleaning your home look so easy, don’t they? Just spritz on this magic formula, and in seconds your bathroom is sparkling clean! If only.

One of the hardest things to clean in a bathroom is tile—specifically, the grout in between tiles. Grout stains relatively easy and it’s porous, meaning it’s easy for dirt and other gunk to get trapped deep down inside.

In a warm, humid environment, grout can also become a harbor for mold and bacteria. Good thing our showers are warm and humid environments!

Cleaning your bathroom tiles, particularly those in your shower, is important so you can avoid the health issues associated with biofilm and mold growth.

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Topics: Bathroom

Why Is My Toilet Running, and How Do I Fix It?

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Oct 12, 2017 9:32:54 AM

Tired of the sound of your toilet running long after you flush it? Not only is this common household plumbing issue annoying, but it can waste up to 200 gallons or more of water in a single day. That comes out to about wasted 6,000 gallons a month—waste that you have to pay for!

Thankfully, a running toilet is often a simple and inexpensive fix that many cases you can handle yourself. So stop throwing your money down the toilet and get ready for a little DIY home maintenance:

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Topics: Toilets, Bathroom

How to Repair a Dripping Tub Faucet

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Aug 30, 2017 4:10:17 PM

Dripping tub faucet driving you crazy? Even if the incessant sound doesn’t keep you up at night, the constant drip can cause staining in your tub, plus waste water—up to 20 gallons a day!

Instead of letting that money go down the drain, take care of the problem right away. If you’re in the mood for a DIY project, grab your plumbing toolbox and get ready to do some work.

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Topics: Plumbing Hacks, Bathroom

What Temperature Should I Set for My Water Heater?

Posted by Admin on May 25, 2017 8:33:44 AM

Your home’s water heater has a maximum temperature setting that controls how hot the water in your faucets may be at any given time. While most of us don’t think about this setting being customizable, it is actually something you can control.

A new water heater is typically preset to a maximum temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Some say that’s the ideal temperature, while others argue that it’s better to reduce the maximum temperature to 120.

There are two distinct schools of thought on this topic. Let’s take a closer look at them:

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Topics: Water Heaters, Plumbing Hacks, Bathroom

How to unclog a drain without harsh chemicals

Posted by Admin on Apr 5, 2017 11:44:33 AM

In our last post, we talked about natural bathroom cleaners that can help you keep your bathroom surfaces disinfected without using dangerous chemicals.

This week we’ll focus on how to unclog a drain without commercial drain cleaners such as Drano or Liquid Plumr.

Of course, the best step is prevention. To learn how to avoid problems in the first place, read our post on preventing clogs before they happen.

Why should I avoid chemical drain de-cloggers?

Using natural cleaners helps you remove unnecessary toxins from your home, plus avoid headache-inducing fumes. In the case of drain cleaners, however, there’s also another factor consider: Regular use of commercial drain cleaning products can actually damage your pipes!

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Topics: Drains & Sewers, Plumbing Hacks, Bathroom

Natural bathroom cleaner recipes

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Mar 22, 2017 3:09:44 PM

Want to keep your bathroom clean but don’t want to expose your family to harsh chemicals and unpleasant vapors? While commercial cleaning products are popular because they do work well, you can swap them out with natural cleaning products that are gentler on your bathroom fixtures and better for your health.

Sometimes natural solutions take a little more elbow grease to reach sparkling perfection, but on the plus side, they’re easy (and cheap!) to make.

Here are some natural cleaner recipes for keeping your bathroom clean:

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Topics: Bathroom

Do You Have a Biofilm Problem?

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Sep 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM

How long do you usually wait until you clean your bathrooms and kitchen sink again? If it's been a while since you've last bent over to scrub out the mold and mildew in your porcelain tub, you could be putting yourself at risk of biofilm. To be clearer, this bacteria is the sticky and slimy goo you find in your tub, shower stall, toilet bowl, tiles, and sink that produces a pinkish color. Have you ever pulled a hairball from your shower drain and seen the ooze that comes up with the hairball? That's biofilm as well. We're here to tell you why you need to rid yourself of it. 

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Topics: Bathroom

Why Does My Toilet Keep Running?

Posted by Ken Flournoy on May 4, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Running toilets are nothing but trouble! Not only is the sound annoying, but all that extra running water means higher water bills (which is another kind of annoying). 

Fortunately, this is a fairly common plumbing problem so the causes are pretty easy to identify. In this article, we've laid out the four most common causes of running toilets so you can finally eliminate one of life's little annoyances. So before you run out of your house to buy a new toilet and start from scratch, let's get started!

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Topics: Plumbing, Bathroom, Toilets

How to Clean and Prevent Mold and Mildew in Your Bathroom

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Apr 20, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Do you find yourself spending more time in your shower cleaning out mold and mildew spots than you do cleaning yourself? With the constant cleaning and sanitizing, how is it possible that the mold keeps coming back?

Mold and mildew occur when your bathroom has leaks, a lack of ventilation that keeps moisture from drying, and/or the presence of organic materials (cotton rugs and towels, paper products and drywall, etc.). Without solving these problems, there is no amount of cleaning you can do to achieve the long term results you're looking for. So while this isn't the most severe plumbing issue you could face, we'll walk you through how to prevent mold and mildew in your bathroom.

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Topics: Bathroom

How To Properly Clean EVERYTHING in Your Bathroom

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Feb 17, 2016 8:00:00 AM

The bathroom rule is like the kitchen rule: if it isn’t clean, the house isn’t clean. And when you really step back and think of all of the unsanitary and down right gross things your bathroom floors, countertops, and showers experience, there's a good chance your bathroom isn't clean. So, before you offically start gearing up for spring-cleaning, let's discuss how to properly sanitize your bathroom.

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Topics: Bathroom