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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, a running toilet is a fairly common plumbing problem that is 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 go out and replace your toilet unnecessarily, 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

Plumbing Hacks: When to Use Hot Water vs. When to Use Cold Water

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Nov 11, 2015 8:00:00 AM

When you turn on your faucet to wash dishes or take a shower, do you use hot or cold water? What about for laundry — do you do separate loads with different water temperatures, or do you throw everything in with some soap and call it a day?

Believe it or not, there's a time to use hot water and a time to use cold water. Fortunately, we know when to use which and want to let you in on the water "secret" so you can be a pro when to comes to washing clothes, dishes, and even you!

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Topics: Plumbing Hacks, Kitchen, Bathroom

Plumbing Hacks: How to Save Water

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Oct 21, 2015 8:50:15 AM

You already know the most basic water saving tips — "Turn the water off while you brush your teeth," and "Do larger loads of laundry."

These tips help, but there are a lot of other things you could be doing to aid in the conservation effort. We've pulled together a list of plumbing hacks you can adopt in order to save water as well as save yourself a little cash!

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Topics: Plumbing Hacks, Kitchen, Bathroom