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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 8/20/2019

A clogged sink and a slow shower drain are significant issues that most homeowners face.  Problems like these have simple solutions like plunging or introducing gunk-melting chemicals into the pipes.  Fixing a clogged line is simple. In most cases, the clogs are close to the main sewer, and the repair is both simple and affordable if you call upon a plumber. 

In contrast, the main sewer line clog is not simple to fix. You cannot do the fixing yourself like the clogged sink or shower drain. If the blockage is because of a crushed part of the sewer line, a costly repair might be inevitable.  This repair may involve landscape reconstruction and backhoe excavation. 

To avoid such costly repairs, you need to be knowledgeable about the sign of a main sewer line clog.  Detecting this early enough will help you get the issue fixed before it becomes a big one.  Here are some red flags to be on the lookout for:

When Backup Drain is More Than One 

Your home comprises two plumbing systems.  The first system carries waste water away from the house while the other line brings clean water into your apartment.  You can visualize the drain system as a tree with many branches.  The lines that carry waste waters away from the sinks, tubs, and toilet are the branches known as the secondary drain lines.  These secondary drain lines connect with the tree trunk (main sewer line) and then to the municipal sewer line.  

The first indicator of a blocked main sewer line is backups in more than one drain. If two or three drains are draining slowly—backing up—you have to take prompt action toward correcting the problem which could be because of a clog in the main sewer line. 

Backup in the Sewer Cleanout pipe 

The Sewer cleanout pipe is usually outside the home; it's a pipe standing vertically. The sewer cleanout leads to the home's main sewer line.  If water or sewage is coming out of this pipe, it indicates a clogged sewage line.

Sewage Backup in the Floor Drain 

When there is a floor drain backup in the basement, it might be a sign of a sewer clog.  If your house does not have sewer line cleanout pipe, you can access this drain without having a plumber remove your toilet.

Early detection will save you the stress and money involved in fixing a clogged main sewer line, check for any of the signs above for quick detection and fixing of your issues relating to blocking of your main sewer line.




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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 1/15/2019

Home improvements are a vital part to keeping your home up-to-date with the times and also to ensure that it doesn’t lose value when it comes time to sell.

To save money, many homeowners take the do-it-yourself route and use the tools at their disposal to upgrade their homes. Sites like YouTube have made it easier than ever to follow step-by-step tutorials that show you how to make substantial repairs and upgrades to your home without having to pay a professional.

The down side, however, is that when you choose to DIY, you take on the risk of going over budget by making mistakes. You also risk stretching out your project weeks or months longer than necessary due to a lack of time to work on it.

In today’s post, we’re going to talk about how you can stay on budget and on track to finish your home improvement project without bringing in the professionals.

Making a timeline

Let’s start with the big picture for your home renovations. When deciding which improvements to make, it’s important to know your limits in terms of the work you can do.

Set a reasonable number of hours you can work on your projects per week. Go easy on yourself. Most of us are already tired when we get home from work and probably won’t be able to start tackling big projects in the evenings. Rather, try to give yourself one weekend day to work on your projects and one weekend day to relax.

The most important aspect of creating your timeline is to try and keep your schedule open. So, write down the time you want to work on your home in your calendar, planner, or whichever app or tool you use to plan your time.

This will help you to avoid creating conflicting events and obligations, and help you stay on track to finishing your improvement projects.

If you’re looking for an evening activity related to your home improvement projects, it’s a good idea to start watching some video tutorials of people doing the same renovations as you. This will help you avoid mistakes and look out for common obstacles that you’ll face along the way.

Budgeting your improvement

You’ll want to save up for your project in advance, if possible, to avoid accumulating credit card debt. Your home improvement project should, in effect, gain you money by increasing the value of your home, not make you lose money on credit card interest payments.

Budgeting in itself is an art that few of us are taught in school. Fortunately, there are several free budgeting apps available. Or, you can simply draw one up yourself.

The key to creating a home improvement budget is to know how much of your monthly savings you can devote to this project without having to dip into other funds. To do this, you’ll need a clear understanding of where your income goes.  

Once you have a budget and a timeline for your home improvement project, you’re ready to begin. Just make sure you check in on your timeline and your budget throughout the length of the project to make sure you’re meeting your goals and aren’t overspending.




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