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Clogged drains are a simple fact of life. At some point, you’re likely to find yourself searching the internet to find out how to fix a clogged drains. When your sink or shower suddenly stops draining, your first instinct might be to call a plumber to unclog a drain pipe, but the solution to clogged drains is often a quick and fairly cheap process that most people can manage on their own. If you want to save some money on plumbing, here’s some advice for dealing with sink clogs or a clogged bathtub drain. These easy tips can get your clogged shower drain, clogged bathroom sink, or other clogged drains working like new again.

1. Baking Soda and Vinegar

Mix 1/3rd of a cup of baking soda with 1/3rd of a cup of vinegar in a measuring cup. It will fizz immediately, and you should waste no time pouring it down the clogged drain. The fizzing action will help to remove the gunk, hair, and grime that has built up in the pipe. Let it sit for one hour or even overnight if you can. Flush with hot water. Alternatively, get as much of the dry baking soda as you can down the drain first, then pour on the vinegar.

2. Boiling water

First, remove as much standing water from the sink as possible (using a cup or container). Next, pour an entire pot or kettle of boiling water directly into the drain. You might have to repeat this procedure several times for it to work, but it’s an easy and inexpensive fix. If that’s not working, remove the standing water again, and then pour salt down the drain before the boiling water. Let it sit, and then flush again with hot water to clear.


3. The Wet & Dry Vacuum

If you have a wet & dry shop vacuum, it can become a terrific tool to unclog drains. First, set it to vacuum liquids. Cover up the vent to prevent a mess. Then, create the tightest seal you can over the drain. You may want to get creative and adapt an old plunger head for this purpose. With the vacuum turned on its highest setting, it can be powerful enough to draw the clog up the pipe and into the vacuum bag. It doesn’t always work, but it’s worth a shot.


4. Caustic Soda

Get some rubber gloves and eye protection. Caustic soda (also known as Sodium Hydroxide) can cause nasty chemical burns. You can pick some up from your local hardware store, but always use caution handling it. Pour 3/4 gallon of cold water into a mop bucket, and then add 3 cups of caustic soda. Stir it well with an old wooden spoon. It will begin to fizz and heat up. Pour it into the clogged drain and leave for 20-30 minutes, then flush the drain with boiling water. Repeat if necessary.

Floor Designs (Epoxy)

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Epoxy is a term that’s come to represent a class of materials for floor designs and the act of using those materials. Epoxy “systems” are based on a combination of resins and hardeners. When mixed together, the resin and hardener chemically react to form a rigid plastic material. The final material is strong, durable, resistant, and bonds extremely well to most base layers. Epoxy floors are so strong that they’re often used in heavy traffic areas such as industrial environments, hospitals, or sports facilities.

Types of Epoxy Flooring

There are several different types of epoxy flooring that you can choose from. These include:
Self dispersing epoxy floors: This is a very strong floor and thus is used in areas of high traffic and heavy use.

Self dispersing epoxy floors with quartz sand: Same as a self dispersing epoxy floor but with excellent anti slip properties.

Self leveling epoxy floors: These floors are easy to clean and look after and they are very popular for use in kitchens, dining rooms, and so on.

Mortar epoxy floors: This is the strongest of all epoxy floors available. They are also good for repairing cracks before laying another type of epoxy floor.

Graveled epoxy floors: This the most decorative of all epoxy floors but it is also the most complicated floor to lay. These floors have good anti slip qualities.

Epoxy terrazzo floors: These are also very decorative epoxy floors and they are mainly used in large spaces.

Epoxy anti static floors: These are used in sensitive areas where there should be no static present in the environment at all.

Epoxy flaked floors: These floors are epoxy based but they actually have coloured chips or flakes laid within the floors for decoration. The flakes also provide a slightly rough surface that provides good anti slip qualities. The flakes come in different colours and can be mixed in the combination of your choice.

Epoxy Floor Coating Advantages

Epoxy floor coatings offer many advantages when compared to other traditional coatings applied over concrete:

1. Creates a shiny high-gloss surface that can significantly increase the brightness of interior areas

2. Offers a hard-wearing durable surface able to withstand heavy and continuous traffic

3. Quick and easy to install, requiring no layout, cutting additional adhesives, or special tools or equipment

4. Durable and easy to clean

5. Ideal for warehouses and industrial applications

6. Resists oil stains and water

7. Creates a seamless surface that can last many years

8. Can be combined with paints and colors to mask off chips and cracks

9. Provides a chemically resistant surface ideal for manufacturing plants

10. Offers enhanced safety when the surface contains anti-slip additives

11. Can be applied in different patterns to create visible driveways and/or identify walkable areas

12. Prevents wear and tear on existing concrete floors

13. May be compatible with self-leveling products that can be applied over new or old concrete, depending on the product

14. Requires little or no major maintenance

Gardening and its benefits

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Gardening is the practice of growing and cultivating plants as part of horticulture. In gardens, ornamental plants are often grown for their flowers, foliage, or overall appearance; useful plants, such as root vegetables, leaf vegetables, fruits, and herbs, are grown for consumption, for use as dyes, or for medicinal or cosmetic use. Gardening is considered by many people to be a relaxing activity.

Gardening ranges in scale from fruit orchards, to long boulevard plantings with one or more different types of shrubs, trees, and herbaceous plants, to residential yards including lawns and foundation plantings, to plants in large or small containers grown inside or outside.

It may be very specialized, with only one type of plant grown, or involve a large number of different plants in mixed plantings. It involves an active participation in the growing of plants, and tends to be labor-intensive, which differentiates it from farming or forestry.

Gardening surprisingly has a lot of health and environmental benefits, some of which are explained below.

Global Warming

Global warming, the end all and topic of countless conspiracy theories! Here are the basics of global warming.

• C02 is a greenhouse gas that helps to trap heat from the sun on the Earth. Too much C02 can be a bad thing.
• Global warming is caused by too many greenhouse gases, making it difficult for the Earth to cool naturally.

In the natural process of photosynthesis, plants take in C02 and release valuable oxygen molecules. There is a good chance that we all learned this back in secondary school! Should have been listening! By investing time in your own garden, you can effectively help the collective effort to reduce the amount of C02 in the Earth’s atmosphere! A concerted effort in areas known to contain high levels of air pollution and smog can definitely benefit from this!

Wildlife Preservation

With a constantly growing global population, it can be easy to forget about the natural environments that we impact when we alter the planet. The Earth is composed of small inter-dependent ecosystems. Growing a garden can create habitats for smaller life forms like birds, insects, aphids, ants and other species that thrive and reproduce in the ecosystem. Each creature plays an important role in helping the environment!

As most of us already know, slug repellent can kill slugs and effectively keep them from eating your leaves! But wait! Slugs and other bugs are necessary for the ecosystem and serve their own particular role! If we remove these smaller creatures from the ecosystem, it could create negative implications for animals higher up in the food chain! That is why it is important to preserve wildlife, keep the Earth healthy, and practice organic gardening!

Increase property value

A garden/landscaping design is considered an investment for the future. A tastefully designed yard can add “curb-appeal” to your house and in turn increase the overall value of ones home. Besides adding monetary value a garden can help one sell their house faster than the average home owner.

Keeping Fit

Staying fit doesn’t have to mean expensive gym. Working on your garden is an excellent way to get all-round exercise for improving strength, endurance and flexibility and can reduce the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other medical conditions.

Strengthening Your Immune System

Soil comes with plenty of germ and bacteria, which does not sound like something you want your hands on. However, exposure to these microorganisms, especially for young children, could help increase their immunity against diseases later on in life. For example, a report from the National Wildlife Federation suggests that children who are confined inside would run the risk of major health issues such as obesity and vitamin D deficiency. If you are a parent then make sure your your kids are participating in fun, outdoor activities.

Breathe easier

Gardening doesn’t have to be an outdoor activity – there are many varieties of plants that can be grown inside, too. As well as making rooms look nice, indoor plants can help improve air quality in enclosed spaces. Some studies also suggest that indoor plants can boost the concentration and focus of office workers.

Not all plants will grow well indoors, so you’ll need to research which varieties will grow well in the lighting and temperature of your room.

The Benefits of Recycling

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Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. Most of our used items can be recycled and turned into other new products, but most people do not know this. A lot of people also do not know that the process of recycling is very important as waste has a negative impact on the natural environment. We’ve highlighted some benefits of recycling for your enlightenment.

Recycling saves resources: When we recycle, used materials are converted into new products, thereby reducing the need to consume natural resources. If used materials are not recycled, new products are made by extracting fresh, raw materials from the earth, through mining and forestry. Recycling helps conserve important raw materials and protects natural habitats for the future.

Recycling saves energy: Using recycled materials in the manufacturing process uses considerably less energy than that required for producing new products from raw materials – even when comparing all associated costs including transport etc. There are also extra energy savings because more energy is required to extract, refine, transport and process raw materials ready for industry, compared with providing industry-ready materials.

Recycling helps protect the environment: Recycling reduces the need for extracting (mining, quarrying and logging), refining and processing raw materials. All of these create substantial air and water pollution.

Recycling reduces incineration: When we recycle, recyclable materials are reprocessed into new products, and as a result the amount of rubbish sent for incineration reduces.

Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions: When you recycle products, you tend to save energy which results in less greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse gases are primarily responsible for increase in global warming. It helps to reduce air and water pollution by cutting down the number of pollutants that are released into the environment. A recycling rate of 30% can is almost equivalent of removing 30 million cars from the roads.

Recycling creates jobs: A report we published a few years ago calculated that at least 50,000 new jobs could be created by 2025 if we can reach the target of recycling 70% of our waste. It’s ambitious but achievable. (As we’ve said it’s around 45% now). Roughly 30,000 of the new jobs would be in recycling directly, with about another 20,000 in supply chains and the wider economy.