Plumbing and heating can me a major expense, these days. As things like oil and fuel prices rise, your heating and water bills will soon follow. Here are six tips from your Bournemouth plumber that may help to lower heating and plumbing costs, and save money.
Keep a grease vat in your kitchen to pour all used cooking grease into. Grease is a big reason that kitchen drains slow and eventually, stop up. Even the harshest blocked drain products, tend to not be a match for a heavy grease clog. The grease you save in the vat can be formed into balls and rolled in bird seed for wonderful winter bird feeders.
Many of the activities listed in the “Freestyle Daily” are not free. Most of them state that a fee applies. Sometimes it was on almost every other line of the activity sheet. It got so bad that you did not know what was included and what wasn’t anymore. Beware, some of the activities have fees even if it is not stated in the newsletter. You will find this out when you attempt to go to the event.
To make a vase support, cut away the base of the hanger to create a long, straight piece of wire. Use the wire cutters to bend back one end to create a one inch hook. The support should resemble a shepherd’s crook. To use, simply place the stake near the pot, with the hook facing inwards. Push the stake into the ground, catching the edge of the vase or pot with the hook. With the flower pot attached to the stake in this manner, toppled graveside flowers will no longer be a problem.
One thing that a strainer will not help with is people pouring grease down the sink. clogged drain sink companies report that this is the primary cause of clogs and blockages. Because grease does not dissolve in water it accumulates and acts as glue for other things that come down the pipes. It will catch bits of food, paper, hair and other trash that somehow make their way through the plumbing. This causes serious stoppages and leads to a myriad of problems.
Mothballs: The common mothball is made of paradichlorobenzene, which is harmful to liver and kidneys. Cedar chips in a cheesecloth square, or cedar oil in an absorbent cloth will repel moths. The cedar should be ‘aromatic cedar’, also referred to as juniper in some areas. Cedar chips are available at many craft supply stores, or make your own using a plane and a block of cedar from the lumberyard.
Drain Cleaner: For light drain cleaning, mix 1/2 cup salt in 4 liters water, heat (but not to a boil) and pour down the drain. For stronger cleaning, pour about 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, then 1/2 cup vinegar. The resulting chemical reaction can break fatty acids down into soap and glycerine, allowing the clog to wash down the drain. After 15 minutes, pour in boiling water to clear residue. Caution: only use this method with metal plumbing. Plastic pipes can melt if excess boiling water is used. Also, do not use this method after trying a commercial drain opener–the vinegar can react with the drain opener to create dangerous fumes.
You should not allow any big particles to be washed down the drain. Things like peels of vegetables, hair and other objects can easily block the drain. It is very important to use a drain cover so that nothing large can go down the drain. You should also clean the cover regularly to remove hair and dirt that gets accumulated on it.
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