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.

How To Unclog A Bathtub Drain


A clogged tub drain is a common plumbing issue for homeowners, but luckily, it is a problem that can be fixed without the need to call a plumber.  Here are easy instructions to unclog a tub drain yourself.

Remove the stopper.

Depending on the type of stopper you have, you may need a screwdriver to remove it. Remove the stopper from the drain, using a utility knife to cut any hair that is tangled in the stopper that may prevent you from removing it completely.

Fish out the hair.

Hair and soap scum is usually the culprit when it comes to clogged bathtub drains. Using a coat hanger that has been bent to form a hook small enough to fit down the drain, insert the hook through the clog and then pull it straight out.  Needle-nose pliers can be used to pull out whatever the hook cannot catch.

Use baking soda and vinegar.

If the drain is still clogged after pulling out any loose hair, mix equal parts vinegar and baking soda in a glass and pour it immediately and quickly down the drain. You want the mixture to still be fizzy when you pour it down the drain so it can work at the clog.  Let it sit for five minutes and then pour a pitcher of hot tap water down the drain.

Use a plunger.

If your drain is still clogged, fill the tub with enough water to cover the drain. Use a damp cloth to plug the overflow drain so you can secure proper pressure while plunging the drain. Using a plunger, plunge the drain five to ten times, hopefully causing the clog to be forced out of the drain.

Use a plumbing snake.

A plumbing snake can be purchased at any hardware store and is used to reach deep into drains to remove debris. A plumbing snake can reach up to 25 feet to get to clogs that are further down the pipe.  Put the plumbing end into the drain and crank the handle on the opposite end. This will help the snake get down the drain, picking up debris as it goes in and out of the pipe.

A small screen over the tub drain will help prevent future clogs and is definitely worth the investment. If you are unable to clear the clog using the above methods, it might be time to call in a drain cleaning professional.


11 March 2015