Blocked Drain

How Do I Fix a Blocked Drain?

Blocked drains can be frustrating, inconvenient, and downright annoying. However, they are usually quite easy to fix if you have the right plumbing knowledge. Difficult blockages often have to be removed by a professional plumber, but this is rare.

With this in mind, we’ve put our heads together to come up with a few of the best ways to clear your blocked drains. Prevention is obviously the best method, but if you do suffer a blockage for some reason, you can try the following:

Use a Mixture of Baking Soda and Vinegar

You might not realise it, but a simple mixture of baking soda and vinegar can work wonders when it comes to unblocking drains, especially in the kitchen. Since it uses harmless chemicals, we recommend it as the first thing to try stinky drain.

  1. Pour a kettle full of boiling water down your drain.
  2. Add a cup or so of baking soda.
  3. Wash the baking soda down with double the amount of vinegar.
  4. Plug the drain and wait some time for it to work its magic.

This method is good for small blockages, but it certainly won’t work for everything.

Glass Fencing Hardware

Top Tips For Keeping Your Glass Fencing Hardware Shiny And Clean

Glass pool fencing comes in two main styles – frameless and semi-frameless. Both styles are composed of two main components. First, you have the large safety glass panels which form the barrier between your pool and the rest of your yard. Holding these panels together and fixing them to the ground is the job of a range of different fittings, many of which are made from tough, corrosion resistant stainless steel or aluminium.

Keeping your pool fencing clean and shiny will go a long way to maintaining an overall tidy atmosphere in your backyard. However, it’s not always as easy as you would expect to clean the stainless steel and aluminium parts of your fence, which is why we’ve put together the following list of quick tips. They will help you maintain a clean and shiny glass pool fence for years to come.

Avoid Too Much Abrasion

The surface of both stainless steel and aluminium is treated prior to installation to make sure that it’s as shiny and clean as possible. Using tough abrasives like sandpaper, emery or steel wool can damage this coating, which can shorten the lifetime of your fence.

Save Money on Electrical Work

How to Save Money on Electrical Work

Can we safely say that the days of non-qualified tradespeople doing work in your house are gone? Or are there still remnants of those types of people wandering the neighbourhood offering their services door to door? When it comes to hiring an electrician you are sometimes caught between the need to save money and getting an expert job done in an area where mistakes can be fatal. So, hiring an affordable electrician can sometimes feel like Catch-22.

You don’t want to take any shortcuts on electrical work. But you also don’t want to hand over a king’s ransom for a minor electrical job. Let’s look at a few ways you can save a bit of your heard-earned when you’re in the market for trying to find an electrical contractor.

Pool Cleaner

How to Keep Your Pool Cleaner

Automatic pool cleaners are ideal for cleaning the swimming pool and can save a lot of hard work. Some are good for large debris such as leaves and grass, while others are made to clean the water of small particulate that makes it cloudy.  More expensive cleaners do both, but what they all have in common is using up power.

So how can you keep that pool cleaner and save money? If your pool tends to have a lot of leaves and grass in it, the best thing to do is remove it before it gets to the pool, then you will be able to purchase the kind of cleaner that attends to the finer particulate.  This can save costs in power and in the kind of cleaner purchased.

Carpet Cleaning Myths

6 Carpet Cleaning Myths Exposed

Most homeowners choose carpet as a floor covering for at least some of their rooms. It is increasingly popular for bedrooms, but it is also used in the lounge or family room. Carpet is ideal for a home with toddlers as it makes a soft landing when they are learning to walk, much better for them than falling on hard tiles. A carpet cleaner should be booked on a regular basis.

When you have carpet, it needs to be cleaned in order to remain hygienic.  You may have heard a great deal of conflicting advice about carpet cleaning and maintenance, so here are 6 myths exposed to ensure you deal with your carpet in the correct way.

1. If the carpet looks clean it doesn’t need a professional carpet cleaning treatment. This is simply not true. Most dirt and dust falls to the bottom of the carpet fibres so you can’t see it. A carpet that is only a year old may be quite dirty and in need of cleaning by a professional.