Maximize Space in Your Custom Built Home

Building a custom home is a great experience. But sticking within your budget can be difficult. When figuring out how much your new home is going to cost, you usually have to think in terms of square footage. But there are ways to increase your square footage and still save. For example, building up by adding a second story on the house is less expensive than building out, because that’s less area that will need a foundation and roof coverage. I started this blog to help you find ways to get the space that you need in your custom home, without having to spend more than you can afford. Building my custom home was the best money I ever spent, and I’m happy to help you learn how to get the custom home you want.

Clogged Drain? How To Clean It Out


Most homeowners can take care of a clog using a plunger and/or pouring chemical drain cleaners down the drain. There are some cases, however, in which these things do not work. Either the clog is still there, or the clog keeps coming back. If this happens, something was either flushed or pushed down into the drain, such as your children flushing a toy, and more measures need to be taken.

Cleaning the Drain

If you used a liquid chemical drain cleaner and it did not work, physically cleaning the drain is likely the only way you can remove the clog. Purchase a plumbing snake from a hardware or home supply store, and feed it down the drain to see if you can reach the clog. You will know this if the snake hits up against something, and you can no longer move it.

If it reaches a clog, pull the snake back out to see if the clog comes along with it.  If your sink is clogged, remove the trap, and feed the snake down this pipe. Check the trap to make sure there is nothing in it. This is a good time to run water through it to clean it.

If you still have a clog, a power auger works effectively to break through it. You should only use this machine if you have some plumbing knowledge. If you use it in the wrong way, you can damage the draining system and pipes.

You may want to consider calling a plumber like ACC Drain & Sewer to do this for you. They will have a stronger auger than what you can purchase in a store. While they are there, ask them to inspect all of your drains to prevent further problems.

Making a Drain Cleaner

If you want to save money and do not want to use chemicals down your drain, you can make your own drain cleaner that can do the job. Put three cups of water in a pot and boil. When it starts to boil, add a cup of baking soda, and half a cup of vinegar to it. Pour it down the drain, and see if it can clear the clog.  You may have to do it a couple of times. The baking soda reacts with the vinegar, and it will start to fizz and eat through the clog.

If the drain is clogged with hair, you can purchase a hair-removal product to remove it. This is less toxic than a chemical drain cleaner.

Maintaining the Drain

To keep the drains in your home from becoming clogged in the future, pour an enzyme culture down them once per month to keep them clear. You can purchase this product at most home supply stores. This also helps to remove any odors coming from your garbage disposal, if you have one.

Never mix different drain cleaners together. In many cases, the chemicals react with each other violently and produce dangerous fumes as well as cause serious damage to your septic system and pipes.


21 January 2015