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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
Office:  215-643-3200
Cell:  267-481-1786
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Your Household: 6 DIY Drain Tips

March 21, 2016 1:39 am

(Family Features)—When it comes to clearing household clogs, don't be afraid to do it yourself! The tips below will help you handle the most common clogs, without the need for a professional plumber.

For hair-clogged drains, use an entire bottle of a product specifically formulated for hair clog removal. Be sure the product is safe for all types of pipes. Instructions vary by product, but generally, allow the product to work for a few minutes, and then run hot water down the drain to rinse it away.

If possible, transfer water that won’t drain and any lingering dregs in the sink basin into a bucket. Carefully remove stoppers or strainers from the drain. If you're removing screws, store them somewhere safe so they don't fall down the drain.

If you need to remove stopper parts from under the sink, keep a bucket underneath the pipes. Remove any building up from the stopper or strainers, and then run water to flush down remaining material and test the flow.

For clogged toilets, the best tool is a plunger with a flange, which is a smaller opening on the bottom of the plunger that resembles a cup. Place the plunger into the toilet drain straight and vertical. Create a tight seal with the drain, with the plunger fully submerged in water.

Plunge gently at first, then vigorously, in an up and down motion. If the clog remains, or the toilet still isn't flushing properly, a drain snake or a closet auger can help.

To keep clogs from occurring in the future, perform maintenance periodically. Certain down-the-drain products can help keep pipes clean, prevent new clogs from forming and keep drains smelling fresh. These can be found at any local hardware or home improvement store.

Source: Liquid-Plumr

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Breaking Down Spring Home Project Costs

March 21, 2016 1:39 am

(Family Features)—Before you grab your toolkit or enlist the help of a professional for spring projects this season, do your wallet a favor and conduct some research.

HomeAdvisor’s most recent True Cost Report found that 38 percent of homeowners don't know how much it will cost to hire a professional for home projects, and nearly 70 percent are concerned about overpaying as a consequence of not having reliable cost information.

If you’ve got any of these projects on the agenda this spring, keep in mind these tips.

Repairing the roof: Maintaining the roof protects a home from the elements and can raise property values. Small repairs keep a roof in good shape for several years and help avoid costly damages. Most homeowners assume repairing a roof can be costly. In fact, the average roof fix only costs $550, according to the True Cost Report.

Remodeling a kitchen: Kitchen remodels boost a home's resale value and add functionality to the most utilized space in a home. Many factors go into remodeling a kitchen, including flooring, plumbing, appliances and electrical, so bear in mind these additional costs when budgeting.

Remodeling a bathroom: Homeowners can choose from different types of bathroom remodels, depending on style preferences and budget. The average cost of remodeling a bathroom is $9,000, says HomeAdvisor.

Painting the home's exterior: Painting the home's exterior not only boosts its curb appeal, but it also acts as a home's primary defense against weather, insects, and other damage. Consider your region’s climate before selecting a color and/or finish.

Installing landscaping: Landscaping can dramatically change the look of a house and property. Adding landscaping such as an outdoor patio, flowers or shrubs can increase the value of a home. The True Cost Report points to an average cost of $2,938 for landscaping.

Source: HomeAdvisor

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