Wilkinson Era Real Estate

How to Avoid Blocked Drains

by Mundy Bringuier 09/29/2019

Clogged drains are one of the common preventable plumbing issues that occur in the home. Places that are more vulnerable to this problem are the toilet, showers, and the sink. In most cases, drain blockage is because of the accumulation of debris.  You might not be able to fix the issue yourself if you had neglected the problem for a long time. Therefore, quick intervention is one way to get it fixed without calling for help. A clogged drain can cause remarkable structural damage because of the build-up of overflow and backups. Apart from that, it can lead to the development of mildew and mold in the home. Your best strategy against this plumbing problem is to embark on preventive drain maintenance. 

What causes clogged drains? 

Drain blockage is because of prolonged negligence. For instance, the kitchen sink gets blocked when food particles and grease accumulate in the drainpipe until a point where it obstructs the movement of water.  The toilet is another part of the house that gets clogged. When you flush the items that are not ideal for flushing, the toilet gets blocked. Such things are paper, towel, and other similar materials. Also, the sink of bathtubs and bathroom can get blocked by hair, toothpaste, and other everyday products used in the bathroom. You can prevent clogging by making sure you that you follow the drain maintenance tips below:

  • Avoid combing your hair or styling over the drain as the hair blocks the pipes.
  • Grease can accumulate in the drainpipe, so do not wash it down the kitchen sink. The best way to dispose of used oil is to pour it into a dedicated container for disposal.
  • Soap scum, hair, food, oils, grease, and other debris can clog the pipe, therefore make sure you don’t introduce any of them into your kitchen sink.  
  • Cold water can displace stuck food particle, so it is advisable to run chilled water whenever you are making use of a garbage disposal
  • Never wash coffee ground down the drain; you should throw them away.
  • Do not dispose of chemicals through the drain; look for other ways to eliminate them.
  • An excellent way to keep hair from entering the pipe is by covering your bathtub and bathroom sink.
  • A good preventive maintenance habit is to pour boiling water down all the drains once every month.  By going this, you will dislodge debris. 

You can avoid clogged drains and all its attendant effects if you follow all the preventive measures mentioned above. However, if you still experience a clogged drain after taking all these precautions, contact your plumber to get it fixed. 

About the Author
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Mundy Bringuier

 

When Buyers ask why I need a REALTOR®, here is my response....... with 19 years of experience. For one thing we have the experience, we know the pit-falls, and we know what to look out for when something doesn’t look right from experience.

A REALTOR® with experience is PRICELESS. A REALTOR® is well worth the money that you don’t pay. We can save you from losing money, there are many things that can go wrong (“Time is of the Essence”) in a contract, which means you make one mistake, miss a date on contract it can cause the contract to be terminated and can lose your Ernest Deposit Money which can be devastated to any buyer especially a first time home buyer.

A REALTOR® job is to protect you to the best of their ability, look out for your best interest, be loyal to you, provide you with all material facts that could influence your decision(s), follow your lawful instructions, keep confidential information confidential and to help you negotiate the best price.

Here are some things you may not be aware of: in just one purchase transaction:

  1. There are nearly 300 communications that takes place between, the seller(s), agents, attorney, lender, inspectors, insurance companies, surveyors, appraisers with emails, text, faxes and phone calls.
  2. Nearly 400 documents/pages, all of which have significant consequences if you don’t fully understand.
  3. Review of documents/Insure accuracy: Offer to Purchase and Contract, HOA documents (covenants & restrictions), Loan package, Addendums, Property Disclosure Statements, Attorney documents, Review the final financial statement (HUD-1) to insure you get every penny that is due you.
  4. Coordinate all events: starting making appointment to show properties, home and termite inspections, surveyors, appraisers, repairs to be done, closings. The list goes on of probable unforeseen things that may come and they do come up that needs to be handle to keep everything running smooth and to help prevent the contract from being terminated.
  5. If the purchase transaction doesn’t close it can be devastating to all parties involved in the transaction. There is consist communication with the lender and the attorney.

It is the REALTOR®’s job in represent the buyer to accomplish all of the above and to do what’s best for the buyer and it doesn’t cost the buyer one penny.

Bottom line.... Get a REALTOR® to represent you, I course I would hope you choose me but whether you choose me or another REALTOR®, get yourself a REALTOR®, after all purchasing a home is not something you do every day, twice a year or even once a year. We do, it’s all we do every day, all day.

As for New Construction:

A common misconception when purchasing new construction is that you don’t need a

REALTOR®. Ask any sales agent working for the builder and the answer you'll get (guaranteed) is that you don't need a REALTOR®, they can take care of everything. This may be true but it doesn't get you personal representation that all buyers should expect and have.

A good question to ask is, "Who will represent me?" Now the answers come down to, "We will...." Think about it, these representatives are employed by and responsible to the builder. Why would someone believe that the potential for a "conflict of interest" doesn't exist?

Case in point, "Do I need an inspection?" The answers provided by the builder is, no, we inspect and do several reviews of the property before you take ownership and you have a "full one year warranty" that covers w, x, y, & z.

Any REALTOR® representing you will tell you that you should have a personal structural inspection conducted even with new construction. Some of the issues identified with our new construction inspections include: missing roof tile, black mold in the attic, sealed vents, faulty smoke detectors, wiring violations, foundation, structure issues, etc. These are the types of problems that the normal home owner may not identify for years beyond the warranty. Now who benefits from being told that an inspection is not necessary?

When buying new construction, having a REALTOR® that represents you personally is a huge benefit from negotiations, asking important questions, monitoring the building process, etc.  The choice is yours, but wouldn't it make sense to protect yourself with personal representation?

Also make sure your REALTOR® accompanies you on EVERY first visit of new builder viewings, as the builders will not take kindly if you view their models without your agent and you may lose your agents representation if you decide to purchase from them.
Choose an experienced REALTOR® when working with new home builders, because every builder is different and each situation is unique, you want someone on your side guiding you step by step through the process and making sure the builder is doing their part in the transaction.

One last comment: It is a common misconception that not using a REALTOR® when buying new construction will save you money. Builders have their fee to the REALTOR® budgeted separately from the house price. So it’s not costing you in the price of the house.

When a buyer does not use a Buyer agent (REALTOR®), the builder pays their sale represented a higher commission, pockets the saving or throws it into their marketing budget.

So instead of asking yourself, “Why should I use a REALTOR®?” the real question is,

“Why wouldn’t you hire a REALTOR®?” At no cost to you, hiring an agent will save you

time today and money tomorrow.

The decision is yours, I'd be honored for the chance to help you. Please call or e-mail me for an appointment that's easy and convenient for you. Thanks for stopping by. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

Mundy Bringuier, Broker/REALTOR®

PS: Hablo Espanol