unclogging drain without drano

5 Ways to Unclog a Drain without Drano

A slow, sluggish bathroom sink drain is a very common plumbing problem. Often the pop-up stopper will collect a lot of hair and debris because the sink is used daily. Another cause is the soap, hair products, and so forth that are washed down the drain can slowly collect in the drainpipes. The build-up that naturally collects over time reduces …

water damage on wood floor

How to Fix Water Damage on Wood Floors

Most homeowners know that standing water and wood never mix well. If large amounts of water or another liquid has made friends with your wood floor, they’ll never be the same…but you can help keep them from having to be replaced entirely! How? Move Quickly! The sooner you can get to work, the better. Rent or borrow a shop vacuum …

slate flooring pros and cons

Pro & Cons of Natural Slate Flooring

Natural slate can bring a sense of strong, functional beauty to any home. But as with any flooring, there are pros and cons. If you’re considering slate as your flooring option of choice, check out our list to determine if it’s the best option for you! Pros of Slate Flooring Durable! Slate is one of the strongest natural stone flooring …

staining wooden deck

Types of Porches and Decks and How Much They Cost

There are several different kinds of porches and decks. Some have no covering and are fully exposed to the elements. Others may have a roof, fenced-in walls, or screens. The type of porch that you have will determine the kind of flooring materials that you can use. Keep in mind that if you are going to install porch flooring in …

Linoleum vs Vinyl: Which is Best for Your Home?

We’ve posted about several various floor types in the past, but one we’ve not mentioned often has been linoleum. Linoleum may not be as trendy these days, but it’s still a viable option when it comes to flowing. Often mistaken for vinyl due to their similarities, linoleum is actually quite different. However, both are very resilient, so it’s important when …

DIY How to Remove Black Mold

No one wants mold in their home, but unfortunately it makes an appearance from time to time, usually in the water-prone areas of our houses such as the bathroom and basement. To remove black mold, you’ll need to figure out why the mold is there to begin with. Once you know the cause, you can clean it up and then …

5 Easy Ways to Advertise Your Open House & Sell Your Home

When it comes to an open house, the best plan of action is advertisement. Advertise, advertise, advertise! Your house may be the best on the block, but if you don’t market it well, then no one will know about it. There are plenty of free and inexpensive ways to advertise your open house. Here are a few ways to spread …

Clean Gray Black water damage

Identifying Clean, Gray, or Black Water Damage

Water damage is a common household problem, but what some people may not know is that there are three water types that lead to water damage, each with their own set of methods for cleaning. Here’s our quick guide to help you determine what kind of damage you’re dealing with! Clean Water Damage Also known as fresh water damage, this …

How to Prevent Damage to Your Rug

You’ve finally purchased that Oriental or Persian rug you’ve always wanted – but for all their durability and strength, these treasures are also vulnerable to several common household issues that can shorten the life expectancy of their color, fibers, or both. Even less expensive rugs are at risk of a shortened lifetime when exposed to these issues. While you don’t …

how to clean tile floors

Easiest Ways to Clean Tile Floors

Tile floors are beautiful and can last a lifetime if properly cared for. This is great news because tile floors are quite easy to take care of. Warm water, soap or another floor cleaning product, and a chamois mop or rag is all you need to keep your tiles sparkling! It’s easy, yes, but there are still a few things …