Plunger-less clog solutions for your home
Everyone knows the feeling, you flush the toilet and nothing happens. Or worse it starts filling up!
Your friends at A to Z Dependable Services want to help you in your time of need with some simple advice to solve your clog.
It’s a really good idea to have a plunger in the bathroom for the next time the toilet is clogged. It can easily be stored under the sink or in a storage closet. And it is the best and quickest way to clear most clogs from the toilet.
But what if you don’t have a plunger? Maybe you’re at the cottage without a plunger. Maybe your plunger broke and you haven't hand a chance to get a new one. Is there any hope for clearing a clog?
Put on the kettle and pour a full kettle of hot water into the toilet. This works surprisingly well most of the time. It works even better when used in conjunction with a plunger, but will often been effective even without it.
Baking soda and vinegar
You might have heard of the recommendation to use baking soda and vinegar to unclog a sink. This fizzing/dissolving solution can sometimes work for a clogged toilet too. You don’t want to recreate your volcano project from elementary school so be careful with the amount of baking soda and vinegar you combine in the toilet bowl. Start by scooping out a quarter-cup of baking soda into the toilet bowl as close to the drain as possible and then add an equal amount (quarter-cup) of vinegar. The bubbles and fizzing action should drop down to the clog. Depending on the result you see you may want to repeat or try a half-cup. Follow it up by pouring a kettle full of hot water into the bowl.
Even if this doesn’t full clear the clog, if you see improvement repeat the baking soda and vinegar. When it fully works you should hear a quick suction sound and then see the water drain naturally. Follow up with hot water and a couple of flushes to be sure it’s cleared.
What not to do
Many homeowners will run to the grocery store and purchase a bottle of chemicals that are supposedly "guaranteed" to clear the drain. We do not recommend these products as they are harsh chemicals. They are unsafe and may be corrosive to your plumbing or cause damage to older pipes. They may even cause serious injury if they splash on you or on a technician who comes in to clear the clog. Consumers often report that these drain-cleaning chemicals fail to clear stubborn clogs. In many cases you’re just pouring your money down the drain with these chemicals.
Don’t ever use baking soda and vinegar before or after using these drain-cleaning chemicals. Remember it’s impossible to completely clear out all these different items before trying something different because after all the drain is clogged.
The best solutions…
If the hot water and baking soda, vinegar and hot water methods fails to unclog your toilet, you could always go out and buy yourself a plunger. There are definitely times when a clog is so stubborn that only a professional plumber will be able to clear it completely and quickly. So don’t hesitate calling a plumber if these methods fail to clear the clog.
If this is a persistent problem you might be in need of a new toilet. Toilets can corrode over time and clogs may be a result of needing to replace old plumbing.
No matter what the situation if it seems to hard to handle or you just need
a professional plumber
contact A to Z at 330-652-0511 or online at www.OnlyAtoZ.com.
a professional plumber
contact A to Z at 330-652-0511 or online at www.OnlyAtoZ.com.
Superior Solutions For Sinking Concrete Slabs & Sinking Foundations
As the Ohio regions premier concrete leveling and foundation repair company, for 20+ years
On The Level, Inc. (Your local A-1 Concrete Leveling operator) has only used an environmentally safe Limestone Grout material to perform the lifting and leveling of sinking concrete.
We call ourselves a “Foundation Repair Company” not only for the ability to repair foundations and to repair sinking concrete but all of our solutions solve issues with what’s going on underneath. With our extensive knowledge and experience with the soil makeup of the western PA/OH region, we are uniquely qualified to provide the most appropriate solutions.
Drawing on that time in the field provides us a thorough perspective on how to properly resolve problems our customers deal with.
We equally pride ourselves in being an environmentally compassionate company and maintaining that trust is very important to us.
Our customers feel vested in our approach knowing that they are utilizing a process that replaces lost earth due to erosion, poor drainage or compaction with more solid earth. A 40+ year proven process of success.
Concrete Leveling is an art. It takes years of experience and many projects under the belt to fully appreciate how intricate and difficult manipulating concrete slabs can be.
One of our strengths as a company is our people. The teams that will be working on your project, (Pittsburgh, Erie or Youngstown) have logged a minimum of 6 years refining and honing their craft. Most of the team that is in the field have been with the company over 10 years.
The same can be said for resolving foundation wall issues and sinking foundations. Our permanent solution to bowing/cracked walls is the best in the industry. Likewise, our solutions for piering and lifting sinking foundations has many years of engineering experience behind it as well.
Our commitment to each customer and to each project is to apply all of our knowledge, experience and quality to the best of our abilities in the solutions we provide.
We look forward to being of service to you.
Helpful tips for pruning your trees
Trees may require pruning for a variety reasons. Storms may have damaged branches, necessitating a pruning. In other instances, trees may have outgrown their yards, overpowering the landscape.
Tree services, like those from Outdoor Services, provide a host of services but some trimming and pruning can be handled by do-it-yourselfers if the branches are smaller and more manageable.
Practice on thinner branches before moving on to thicker ones, which may require extra help. Branches may be heavy, and it takes a guided hand to ensure the branches fall in a safe manner so they do not cause damage or injury.
If you need help with tree work Outdoor Services is here to serve valley residents.
Branches also need to be trimmed properly to facilitate good healing. Trees will form a callus bark covering over cuts to keep out disease and decay, much as a scab forms over a person's wound. Damaging the bark on a tree while pruning may interfere with that process, so do-it-yourselfers need to take the time to prune correctly.
According to Danny Lipford, home improvement expert and host of the radio program "Today's Homeowner," larger limbs may require three cuts instead of one.
The first cut is a small notch in the bottom of the limb, around two to three feet from the trunk and about one-quarter of the way through. This helps prevent the bark from splitting. A relief cut is then made a few inches away from the notch cut, and goes all the way through. This removes the weight of the branch so that the final cut can be made without the branch splitting and falling.
The final cut is made right where the limb extrudes from the branch collar, or the swollen bump that then forms into the tree limb. Follow the slant of the branch collar when making the cut. Smaller or thinner branches may not require the same three steps, but every effort should be made to reduce injury to the tree.
When deciding how much to prune, less is usually more. All pruning can put some level of stress on the tree and increase its vulnerability to disease and insect infestation. A good rule of thumb is to never prune more than 25 percent of the crown.
According to experts at TreeHelp.com, living branches should comprise at least two-thirds the height of the tree. In some instances, the rules may need to be bent if trees are interfering with utility lines or to meet community laws. However, always prune minimally to avoid damaging the tree.
The right tools also make the job safer and easier. Use a pole pruner and lopper, rope saws, folding pruner, and a bucksaw.
A chainsaw can be used in some instances, especially when pruning larger limbs. Always disinfect pruning tools after you're done to prevent the spread of disease to other trees.
Consider hiring a Outdoor Services if pruning proves beyond your capabilities. Doing so is safe and often well worth the investment.
For more information about Outdoor Services, or to get a free quote on tree work or their other services call 330-333-3263, or visit them online at OutdoorServicesOH.com