July House Cleaning Checklist: 10 things to include in your home cleaning and preventative maintenance program this month.
Some tasks only need to be done once or twice a year.
The problem is that we forget to do them once or twice a year.
Instead, try the monthly approach to home maintenance for July.
You know the signs of a backed up toilet: the bowl water is rising, and the rest of the family runs for cover.
It's an emergency plumbing disaster waiting to happen.
Your natural inclination, understandably, is probably to get as far away from the toilet's rising germs and gunk as possible, and to reach for your cell phone.
Be brave: You can usually handle this plumbing repair yourself - without having to call an emergency plumber.
Here's how to fix it in 3 easy steps.
Fixing a backed up sink drain yourself has two big advantages: You save time and you save money.
After all, who has the leisure time - or the inclination - to wait all day for an expensive plumbing service to stop by?
When sinks in the kitchen or bathroom back up, pouring liberal doses of very hot water down the drain will often help by melting greasy clogs away.
If that doesn't cut it, here are 3 ways you can clean the clogged drain yourself. You'll be glad you didn't spend your time or money waiting around for someone to do it for you!