The day I thank God for Plumbers and Pipe Repair!

Something happened yesterday that made me thank God for the plumbers!

Early morning yesterday while I’m taking a bath, I heard a loud noise suggesting that something ceramic is broken! When I get out from the bathroom I saw my brother limping half unclad! You guess it right. He’s using the old toilet seat downstairs and it broke to pieces!

We called the plumber of the house and I appreciated the quick response. We called him around 6:30 am and he’s at home around 8:00 am. For less than an hour, he finished setting up the newly-bought toilet seat.  To maximize his time, we also let him do some pipe repair of the leaky faucet in the kitchen and the clogging of the toilet upstairs.

You see, never underestmate the job of plumbers! Without them, who would do the dirty jobs for us?

However, there are preventative plumbing maintenance we can learn by own to help us save a lot of money by preventing the need for large repairs.

Bathroom Maintenance:

1. Do not flush tissue paper, cotton balls, facial tissues or make-up pads,  sanitary products or even loose hair in your toilet. Obviously, these items  do not dissolve and can clog the lines. Toss them away in your trash container in your bathroom.

2.  See to it that your strainers are fitted to catch hair and soap chips. Clean the strainers regularly.

3. Once a week run hot water down the drain to help keep it free-flowing.

Kitchen Maintenance:

1. Never put your carrot peels , mango peels , fibers of your string beans or even fish scales and poultry skins into your garbage disposer. Throw them directly to your trash container.

2.  After frying , don’t just pour used oil down the drain. Dispose them directly in the trash. Then, wipe congealed grease from pots and pans with a paper towel and dispose of in the trash.3. Run cold water down the drain for 15 seconds before and after using the garbage disposer to flush waste through the line.

Homeowners shouldn’t overlooked the importance of the plumbing system in the home. Like owning an automobile, your home also needs regular maintenance and upkeep. Don’t hesitate to choose a trusted plumber- not just a plumber in name but someone who’s highly skilled professional trained not only to unclog toilets and install new faucets. He should be someone who can  protect your home from damage.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post however, all the points and views are my own.

The Importance of Background Check

When you’re hiring a nanny, housemaid or new employees in your company, don’t forget to check their background. In Philippines, upon applying, we’ll include to submit our NBI clearance for criminal background check along with our resume. A Certificate of Good Moral Character from our University is also a must. It’s one way to vouch how reliable we are.To date, the simplest check is to go online and punch in the name of the person to get search engine hits on everything his name is tagged with, from articles he or she wrote to those written about him. Also, it’s best to phone the schools he attended and the offices he used to work in. No matter how charming, disarmingly candid and harmless he or she looks, it’s best to do a thorough background check before you hire anyone. Caution is key. It’s also for your own peace of mind and the safety of co-workers and family. Doing so will prevent future damage like lost equipment, stolen valuables , whisked away documents or worse people get hurt!

Gearing up for the Holidays

Lent is one of the most opportune times to spend holidays with the family. It does not matter whether you plan to hit the beach, stay in the house to save instead, or splurge and go on that dream holiday abroad. What matters most is that you will get to spend precious time with the people that you love. While on vacation, do not forget to stock up on the essentials: sunscreen, loads of it, if you and the family are going out for a swim, comfortable clothes and sunglasses to keep you cool in these hot, hot days, flip flops, sneakers, motorcycle boots, if you must, or any pair of comfortable footwear to keep you on your toes all summer long. The list goes on and on, so make sure you make one ready just so you won’t forget anything, right? ;)

Always Wear Helmet , Protective Clothing and Eye Protection while Driving your Motorbike

Riding a motorcycle, you are far more likely to get in an accident and far more likely to get hurt than if you are driving a car.

That’s a fact.

By God’s grace, my hubby’s not been involved with accident here in Thailand since he used motorcycle in 2007. But something happens in the morning of January 26 while he’s on his way to school. While my husband is proceeding straight , a car driver who was coming out from its driveway didn’t stop its car for a moment to check if the highway is clear of any approaching vehicles. My husband stepped on the brake promptly and swerve the motorbike to avoid the side of the car. He successfully brought the motorbike to the ground but its front body and side mirrors were broken and he got few bruises on thigh and elbows. Thanks to his good body protection . I couldn’t imagine what will happen to his face if he hadn’t wear his HJC SYMAX 3 helmet. The side of the helmet was severely scratched!

The car driver acknowledged that he’s at fault when the police investigated the accident. He paid about $75 my hubby for the damaged he caused to the motorbike. I’m glad and so thankful to God for sparing my hubby’s life from that accident. From what happened I could say that when driving motorbike, always wear your  helmet as well as  protective clothing and eye protection . They can lessen the severity of injuries during an accident. Trust us. We knew.

What to do with Clogged Bathroom Drains?

Our bathroom drain downstairs clogged itself. It’s a real nightmare- mess and flooded bathroom floor! Before we call a plumber we tried to clear it by ourselves first. My hubby removed the drain cover and clean under the surface of the drain. We find lots of hair accumulated underneath the drain but still it’s clogged. We called the house plumber and after checking twice, he opted for a drastic measure- drill the ground, find the pipe, and change the direction of the pipe because it’s formed letter L .

Last weekend, the plumber brought all his tools-from drills to micrometers (use to measure the diameter of pipes). It’s a two-day work and finally the drain was cleared! We got new drainage pipes, cleaner bathroom and we could take a bath as long as we want!

Bathroom clogs can be annoying, but they don’t have to be a catastrophe. Here are a couple of simple tricks that will save you a lot of headaches:

1. Use a screen over your bathroom drains. You can buy drain screens in any hardware store or home center. You simply position these over the drain, and they catch any hair or lint–before it goes down the drain. Simply clean the screen out regularly.
2. Once a month, clean the drain with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Simply shake some baking soda down the drain, then follow with a bit of vinegar. There’s no measuring needed here–once the baking soda/vinegar mix starts foaming up, you know you’ve got enough vinegar. Let this work for about five minutes, then follow with boiling water. This will keep your drains clean, as well as deodorized.