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Creating a 50/50 Parenting Schedule

Getting a divorce comes with a significant amount of life changes you’ll need to navigate. One of the biggest challenges of divorce is child custody. Getting down to the nitty-gritty of dividing your children’s time between you and your ex-partner can be a serious challenge. Most divorces are more straightforward when children aren’t involved because you don’t need to worry about planning a parenting schedule with your child custody arrangement.

 

Dealing with the emotional struggles of divorce can be a lot easier with the proper parenting schedule. This goes for both adults and children. Your custody schedule depends on several factors, including the child’s age, schooling, extracurricular activities, parents’ work schedules, and the distance between both parents’ homes. Still, if you’re willing to work together, you can create an effective plan that works for everyone involved.

 

While all custody arrangements are different, let’s discuss some excellent tips to help you create an effective 50/50 parenting schedule.

 

Tips for Planning 50/50 Parenting Schedule

 

There are several ways you can plan your parenting schedule, but the most common are the alternate approach and rotations. With an alternate plan, you can simply divide time between parents with alternating weeks or even months. With rotations, you can rotate the days spent at each parent’s home.

 

The Alternate Approach

 

The alternate approach is common, but there are several different variations. When deciding which will work best for you, you have to choose what’s best for your schedule and your children. Remember, your children’s wellbeing should always come first when planning your parenting schedule. Some different types of alternate schedules include:

 

1.    Alternate Weeks

 

The most popular 50/50 parenting schedule is alternating week because it is a much simpler and easy-to-follow approach. With this approach, children spend one week with one parent and the following week with the other parent, with transitions usually occurring on Fridays or Sundays.

 

2.     Alternate Every 2 Weeks

 

If the distance between parents is significant or schedules are more demanding, alternating every two weeks may be more realistic. While this isn’t always a great option for younger children, it works well for older kids in high school that can stay away from each parent for two weeks with minimal impact.

 

3.    Midweek Visit in Alternate Weeks

 

If your children are young, even a week can be too long to spend away from one parent. For couples with younger children, planning a midweek visit when alternating weeks can be helpful. For example, the opposite parent can take the child to dinner or the park or spend time with them in another way halfway through the week.

 

4.    A Midweek Sleepover in Alternate Weeks

 

If your child is having a particularly difficult time with the alternate week approach, you can also schedule a midweek sleepover. This strategy involves the opposite parent taking the child for one overnight halfway through the week and dropping them at school for the other parent to pick up.

 

5.    Alternate Days

 

If the location of both parents is close or children are having a particularly difficult time being separated from one parent or the other,  you can alter your weekly plan into alternating days. Keeping the 50/50 split up in mind, parents can alternate every other day, every two days, or whatever works for your family.

 

Rotations in 50/50 Parenting Schedule

 

Another common approach is the rotation approach. Again, there are several versions. You should pick what works best for your family.

 

1.    3-3-4-4 Rotation

 

In this schedule, the child spends three days with one parent, the next three days with the second parent, followed by spending four days with each parents.

 

2.    2-2-3 Rotation

 

In this rotation schedule, the week is divided between the two parents. Since there are an odd number of days in the week, one parent will have the child longer in the first week and the second parent will have them longer in the second week. The week will be split by two days with parent A, two days with parent B, followed by three days with parent A.

 

3.    2-2-5-5 Rotation

 

This rotation is much similar to 3-3-4-4, except one parent has the child from Sunday to Monday, and the second parent has the child from Tuesday to Wednesday.

 

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5 Signs It’s Time to Call a Plumber

There are many plumbing problems homeowners face daily. While many seem minor, some plumbing issues can quickly escalate into significant problems that leave you with significant expenses.

 

Luckily, a reliable plumber can easily handle most residential plumbing problems. Still, you need to know when to call for service if you want to avoid significant and costly damage. The best way to handle plumbing issues is to be proactive in your maintenance. When you keep an eye on your home’s plumbing system, you will be able to identify issues more quickly.

 

As soon as you notice a problem, you should call a professional for help before more significant damage occurs. So, how do you know it’s time to call a plumber? What issues are considered emergencies, and which ones can wait until regular business hours? Let’s discuss the clear signs that it’s time to call a plumber immediately.

 

5 Signs You Need to Call a Plumber Now!

 

The following signs indicate it’s time to call a plumber:

 

1.   Flooding

 

If you notice puddles of water on your bathroom floor, near your kitchen sink, or anywhere near a plumbing fixture, you should consider it a threat to your home’s plumbing system. Several minor issues can appear as small leaks but progress quickly into significant flooding.  As soon as you notice an issue, you should call a plumber right away to inspect your system. Ignoring the issue can result in significant damage that requires expensive plumbing repairs. To keep everything safe and reduce expenses, call your plumber immediately.

 

2.   Rising Water

 

When your drains are clogged, and water can’t pass through, you’ll notice water rising in your sinks, toilets, and shower drains. The water will continue to rise until you cut off the water supply or fix the issue in many cases. The water can continue to spill around the floor, damaging your property, furniture, and belongings and creating a health hazard. That’s why rising water should be considered a severe problem. Quickly call a plumber to unclog your drains and reduce the risk of significant water damage.

 

3.   Burst Pipes

 

Burst water pipes can be a significant problem for your property. Burst pipes don’t just require significant plumbing repairs, but they can also cause expensive water damage. In some cases, the water will continue to spurt out of the pipe until a professional comes to help. If you have a pipe burst, you should call a plumber to fix it as soon as possible. Since the water can move into your walls and furniture, significantly damaging your property, you’ll want to be timely with how you react.

 

4.   Running Toilets

 

Running toilets are a common issue that many homeowners face. Although it’s often more of a nuisance than an emergency, you should call a plumber for repairs. Running toilets account for significant water waste, increasing your utility bills. They can also lead to an overflow of contaminated water that can be very dangerous for your health.

 

5.   Low Water Pressure

 

Low water pressure is often a sign that there’s a cracked or broken pipe in your home. If you once had a good water flow coming out from your bathroom or kitchen taps, and now you are receiving low water pressure, you should call a plumber for an inspection.

 

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3 Things to Know About Generators During Power Outages

Generators are an amazing asset for home and business owners, and they are particularly helpful in areas with frequent power outages. As with any electrical appliance, you need to know how to work your generator the right way to avoid an issue.

 

Generators feature transfer switches responsible for monitoring the electrical currents that flow throughout the system. Once flipped on, they send power through the wiring system to your unit. Some generators can be set to automatically switch on if there is not a sufficient electrical source to your home or business.

 

Since high electrical currents power generators, it’s essential to understand how to use them correctly. This article will talk about the most important facts you should know about generators during power outages. Let’s dive right in!

 

Things to Know about Generators During Power Outages

 

1.   Inverters Protect Generators from Dirty Power

 

If generators lack inverters, they can ultimately produce what the industry calls dirty power. Electricians measure the quality of your power supply by its THD or total harmonic distortion. When a live current has low THD, it can easily damage your electronic devices that are plugged in when the generator powers on. In some generators, motors get overheated when the electrical currents come with high-grade THD, which only further damages your property.

 

If you want to ensure clean power to your home and electronic appliances, ask your electrician to install a generator with the inverter. Inverters lower THD to almost 5%, keeping your appliances safe during power outages and surges.

 

2.   Pay Attention When Generators are Running

 

Having a generator ensures instant power with no additional effort. Still, it’s necessary to perform maintenance regularly to ensure that your appliance works during a power outage. Keep your generator clean, and check it frequently for dirt, debris, or other buildups.

 

If the generator lacks adequate airflow, it will overheat and fail to work correctly. Dirt and debris can damage the generator’s components and covers, making it challenging to perform. With some simple maintenance steps, you can keep your generator in top shape for years. Follow these tips to ensure the longevity of your investment:

 

  • Clear away any debris from your generator and at least five feet around its sides.
  • Remove anything off the top of your appliance.
  • Check whether the vents are free of buildup.
  • Keep your appliance supplied with fresh generator oil that’s proficient enough for safe and effective operations.

 

3.   Avoid These Improper Ways of Using Generators

 

Another way to avoid a problem is to ensure you’re using your generators the right way. These tips will help:

 

  • Never backfeed the electrical throughout the system unless you are familiar with the proper transfer switch and setup. Improper electrical setups can cause severe damage to any electronic device that is plugged into the electrical source.
  • Try not to place your generator in a closed area without ventilation, such as a basement or garage.
  • Do not put your generator near your AC unit because it can suck carbon monoxide into the system and throughout your home.
  • Try not to put the generator in a wet area. GFCI protected outlets are ideal for keeping the cords off the ground.
  • Install additional carbon monoxide detectors in your home when you are using the generator for an extended time.

 

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Everything You Need to Know About Traveling with Kids by Charter Bus

Whether you are on vacation or on your way to an event with family and friends, traveling with children can be incredibly stressful. Kids love adventure, which often makes them overly excited about any trip your family takes. This excitement can eventually cause trouble for parents, as the kids can spiral out of control and create a fuss. While this takes away from your overall enjoyment, there are some steps you can take when traveling by charter bus that eliminate the worry of this.

 

A calm, stress-free journey can only be attained if it’s managed with the proper planning. With the right steps, it is possible to keep your children safe and allow everyone to enjoy themselves. Let’s discuss some excellent tips to help you take the stress out of traveling with kids.

 

4 Practical Tips for Stress-Free Charter Bus Travel with Children

 

If you plan a charter bus trip with children, these tips can help take the stress out of your travel.

 

1.   Bring Variety of Snacks

 

Snacks are essential, whether you are an adult or have children traveling by charter bus. While it may come as a no-brainer for most parents, packing enough snacks for your charter bus ride is particularly important. Many children can get antsy when they are hungry. Even worse, younger children who can’t tell you what they want can start crying and throwing tantrums in the middle of the bus.

 

Whenever you travel on a charter bus with your kids, make sure to bring along various snacks. This will ensure that your children are calm and prevent unwanted tantrums when they get too hungry. You don’t have to go crazy when it comes to snacks. Stay away from anything that will emit an odor and disrupt your fellow passengers. Instead, pack some energy-filled snacks, such as peanut butter crackers, protein bars, nuts, and fruit.

 

2.   Plan Activities

 

Another key to a happy and comfortable trip with your kids is to keep them busy with various activities they can do on the bus. You can plan many games for them to play throughout your travel and add some intervals of rest in between. When your kids are occupied, there is less chance for them to act out or get fussy. They can stay mentally engaged and pass the time in healthy ways, and you’ll be at your destination before you know it. With the practical activities, you may be able to get some rest as well.

 

3.   Be Prepared

 

Being a parent, you probably know that unexpected emergencies and messes happen when you’re traveling with kids. With spilled drinks, diaper leaks, cuts, and bruises, you need to be prepared for whatever might come your way while you travel. Make sure to pack a small first aid kit in case your child gets hurt. You should also pack extra clothes, diapers, and napkins or wipes. You need to be prepared for anything that comes your way while you’re traveling with kids. This will ensure a healthy and comfortable trip for your kids, family members, and fellow passengers.

 

4.   Dress your Kids Comfortably

 

The success of your trip depends on the comfort and happiness of your children. If they are happy, they are likely to create less fuss. On the other hand, something ruins their mood, it can be a disaster for you. One way to ensure their comfort is to make sure they dress for your trip in comfortable clothes. In the summer months, have kids wear something light and relaxed. Bring an extra sweatshirt or blanket in case the AC gets to be too much. In the winter months, make sure your children have enough clothes to stay warm and dress them in layers so they can take clothes off if they get too hot.

 

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4 Common Questions About Wills That Everyone Should Know the Answers To

Most people when confronted with wills and probate are not quite sure what it really is. It can be a confusing and difficult thing to understand that takes some time to understand. But with the right help and the right lawyer, it can make more than enough sense to help you through the process. It is important to know that probate and wills tend to go hand in hand, and while people know quite a lot about wills, probate is not as widely known. It is important to start with a basic understanding of what probate is. Probate is the legal process that occurs after someone dies. It had numerous different parts, but the main ones are proving the will of the deceased person is valid, identifying and taking account of the deceased person’s property, paying back debts and taxes, and distributing what is left of property as indicated in the will.

 

Here are 4 common questions about wills that everyone should know the answers to and how they relate to probate.

 

  1. What are the requirements for a will to be considered valid?

There are a few requirements that are recognized as important to make a will valid. It is important that the person creating the will and signing it is witnessed doing so by two uninteresting parties(people who are not labeled as beneficiaries in the will) and for those two people to be considered of sound mind when witnessing this. It is also important to note that the witnesses have to be at least at the age of 18. It is important to note that these rules and laws do vary from state to state so make sure you do your research before creating a will to make sure it will be valid.

 

  1. What happens when a person that does not have a will dies?

Laws in your state usually have a “default will” that is used in the situation that someone has died without a will. It is usually that the spouse and children of the deceased receive all assets and property and if there is no spouse or children, assets and property usually go to the parents of the deceased.

 

  1. When should someone make a will?

The simplest answer is as soon as possible. Death typically comes as a surprise and not usually known of so we are not prepared. Creating a will is sometimes the best thing to do for your family and loved ones so that you can make sure it will always follow your final wishes and what you want it to do. It is important that you also update the will when need be so that it does remain up to date with your final wishes and what you want done when you do pass on.

 

  1. Who should or can create a draft of my will?

If you do not create/draft your will yourself, it is only possible for a lawyer or attorney to create a will for you. It is important to note that if you do create your own will, you should meet with a lawyer so that it is complete and thorough so it is not considered invalid in court. If ever in need of professional help with probate, contact this Palmdale CA probate firm.

 

Common Signs Your Water Pressure Is Too High

High water pressure is as dangerous to your residential plumbing system as high blood pressure is to your physical health. If you have high water pressure in your home, you should address the issue immediately. Otherwise, you will find yourself facing significant damage that requires costly repairs. Let’s discuss some of the most common signs that your water pressure is too high.

 

Common Signs Your Water Pressure Is Too High

 

If you are worried that high water pressure is dangerous, you can look for the following signs in your house:

 

Leaking Pipes

 

An increase in water pressure can cause stress on your residential plumbing system. Eventually, this can create holes or small cracks in your pipes that are not easily visible. This often results in water accumulation, mold growth, or other severe water damage. Leaking pipes in the floor, ceiling, or walls can result in more significant damage because they aren’t readily noticeable. If you have increased water pressure in your home, contact a local plumber immediately before leaks occur and progress.

 

Water Hammer

If you hear a loud clanking sound after you shut off a kitchen or bathroom faucet, then it most likely means you have high hydraulic pressure. This sound is commonly referred to as a water hammer in the plumbing industry because of the uncanny resemblance to the sound of a hammer. The noise is mainly due to the pipes banging into each other or to the surrounding framing.

 

Damaged Appliances

 

Does your dishwasher, washing machine, or water heater make loud noises? Are your appliances suddenly not working as they should? High water pressure can damage your appliances’ seals and mechanical pieces, eventually wearing them out and resulting in significant damage. While some companies provide a warranty for water damage, you should identify the issue immediately and contact a local plumber to adjust your water pressure.

 

Leaking Faucets

 

If more than one of your taps keeps running even after shutting off the faucet, you might have an issue with your water pressure. Another sign occurs when you open a tap and the water spurts or sprays out with force. An increase in water pressure often causes leaky faucets. Contact your local plumber immediately for assistance.

 

Running Toilets

 

A constantly running or involuntary flushing toilet means that the fill valve of the bathroom is at fault. This is often due to high hydraulic pressure that can cause the fill valve to wear down, causing water to leak into the toilet bowl. While there are several other causes of running toilets, you should call your local plumber to ensure that this issue isn’t caused by high water pressure.

Short Hot Water Supply

 

An increase in the water pressure can decrease the hot water supply in your house. This is because the speed with which the hot water is being withdrawn from the heater is greater. Therefore, the tank is refilled with more cold water at a higher pressure and speed, resulting in less time to heat it. The whole process eventually leads to a decrease in your hot water supply.

 

High Utility Bills

 

Another way to determine if you are dealing with high hydraulic pressure is to look at the water bill. If your bill has increased compared to your previous bills with no apparent reason, you might be dealing with high water pressure.

 

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4 Things to Ask Your Contractor with Swimming Pool Excavation

If you are planning to install an in-ground pool, there are several things you need to consider before you start your project. If you require excavation services, you need to hire a reliable company to get the best results. With so many options available, how do you do that? Let’s look at some questions you should ask your contractor when hiring for swimming pool excavations.

 

4 Things to Ask Your Contractor with Swimming Pool Excavations

 

Some of the most important questions to ask a contractor before hiring for your swimming pool excavation are:

 

How Much Experience Do You Have?

 

The first and foremost question you need to ask your contractor is about their work and credibility. Asking your contractor about their experience in the industry. How long have they been doing excavation? What other jobs do they have that are similar to your project? You should also ask for examples of previous work to help you understand your potential contractor’s skill set and whether it meets your needs.

 

How Much Time Will It Take?

 

Another critical question to ask your contractor is how much time it will take to complete your project. You need to establish a timeline so you can plan for the other steps of your pool installation. If you want to have your project completed within a specific timeframe, this is also essential information. The timeline of the swimming pool excavation depends on the quality of the soil and the design and size of the pool.

 

What Can I Do To Minimize the Costs?

 

Calculating the cost of your excavation services is also essential. Adding a pool to your property can be a significant expense. In addition to installation costs, studies have revealed that pools cost about 50 percent of the household energy consumption. So, you want to be sure you have the proper budget for the entire project. Talk to your contractor about easy ways to save some money. You may be able to clear some of the areas yourself or help with preparation to reduce costs.

What Are My Options For Pool Design And Construction?

 

Perhaps one of the most important questions to ask is about the options you have with your property. Talk to your contractor about the style and design that best fits your needs and the existing area. You might be limited with some of your options due to the ability to excavate. Ask your contractor if they see any excavation issues that can impact your design and pool construction. Your excavation service should also give you some insight into what types of materials you should use to get the best results once your excavation services are complete.

 

What Kind Of Warranties Will Be Provided?

 

Your pool comes with many warranties. From the materials to the pool installation services, you want to get the best coverage. You should talk to your excavation services about warranties as well. You want to make sure that the hole is dug as it should be once it’s time to install your pool.  Any reliable excavation service will stand by their work and be willing to come back and fix any issues if there’s a problem during installation.

 

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7 Questions To Ask Your Opthamologist At Your Next Eye Exam

When at any sort of doctor’s appointment, it is important to know of any important questions or things in your life you need to ask your doctor about. This could be at any old health exam, the dentist, or even the ophthalmologist. These appointments are also the perfect time to get any clarifications on the respective field that the doctor works in. Asking these questions can help you get the most out of your appointment and any exam that is performed. When getting an eye exam done, it is very important you know and understand everything that is happening and get everything clarified for the future since your eyes and sight are a very important part of your lives.

 

 

If you are not sure about what to ask at your next ophthalmologist appointment, here are 7 questions that are perfect to ask.

 

 

  1. What tests are being performed?

 

Knowing what tests that are being performed can help you prepare for what the doctor is going to do. Some great follow up questions if you are unsure about these tests are “what is that test like?” or “what are these tests measuring?”

 

 

  1. What do the results of these tests mean?

 

Knowing what the results of your tests means is very important to help you understand what you need to do to help improve your eyesight or any issues with your eyes. If the issues cannot be improved, it can help you understand what is wrong and how to help prevent any more damage to your vision.

 

 

  1. Will I need to book follow up visits?

 

If the doctor needs you to book a follow up visit, it is likely they will tell you, but it is also important to ask just in case you are unsure or if the doctor does not say anything.

 

 

  1. What signs or symptoms should I look out for just in case?

 

Knowing what to look out for as possible new issues or worsening issues with your eyes can help make sure that issues can be prevented or slowed down so you can continue to have great eyesight.

 

 

  1. Can the problems with my eyes be treated?

 

If there are any problems that have appeared in your eyes or sight, knowing if they are treatable, and what to do if they are treatable, can help relieve some stress as well as help you understand what is happening with your vision.

 

 

  1. Should I prepare for any sight or vision changes as I get older?

 

In some cases, worsening vision as you get older can start to be noticed while you are younger and knowing if you need to prepare for worsening vision can help you get ready for the inevitable.

 

 

  1. What measures should I take to keep my eyes safe?

 

Knowing what you need to do in order to keep your eyes safe can help you prevent new or any issues occurring with your vision.

 

 

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4 Tips for Maintaining Your Laundry Room Plumbing

Have you ever stopped to think about all the everyday uses of your plumbing system? One of the most critical plumbing uses of most residential properties is laundry. Laundry room plumbing is a bit different from other plumbing setups. However, it works in a similar way to your bathroom plumbing.

 

In most laundry rooms, you’ll find large drains connected to several hoses that go to your laundry machines. If you want to avoid expensive plumbing bills, you need to make sure to maintain your laundry room plumbing. It is one of the most-used components of your plumbing system, especially if you have a more prominent family. This article will discuss some practical tips to maintain your laundry room plumbing.

 

4 Tips to Maintain Your Laundry Room Plumbing

 

These plumbing tips can help you protect your plumbing system and laundry room appliances and avoid costly plumbing bills:

 

1.   Check Your Hoses

 

In your laundry room, you may notice a couple of different hoses attached to the back of your washing machine. While these hoses are built to last, they can become damaged over time. If you notice any signs of wear and tear, such as cracks, you should call a professional plumber to replace your hose immediately. Make sure they install a high-quality hose because it will last longer, and you won’t need to buy and replace your hoses as frequently.

 

Plumbers usually recommend stainless steel braided hoses. Steel hoses do not break as easily as rubber hoses. Another benefit of steel hoses is that they can handle the high strains of water pressure and hard water without breaking down.

 

2.   Faulty Washers

 

A washer is a metal plate with a hole in the middle that goes between your hose and its connector. It is used to secure the connection and adequately distribute the pressure placed on your pipes. Faulty washers can be a primary cause of plumbing leaks and other issues with your laundry room appliances.

 

If any of your washers are making rattling noises, or you notice a leak around the washes, you probably need a replacement. Contact a professional plumber to replace them immediately, so you don’t need to deal with leaks and water damage.

 

3.   Strainers

 

If you have a laundry drain with a strainer over it, you need to check your filter regularly. When filters aren’t properly maintained, it can result in clogged lines and water backup. You need to keep these strainers to avoid clogged drains. Remove any lint, hair, or built-up debris from your filters before it is forced into your drains and causes a blockage. Check your strainers at least once or twice a month to ensure they are working and free from debris buildup.

 

4.   Prevent Drain Clogs

 

Your laundry drains are one of the essential components of your laundry room. They are used to drain all the dirty water from your appliances. Many laundry rooms have floor drains, which need to be adequately maintained to prevent any problems.

 

The best way you can maintain your laundry appliances is to avoid clogged drains.  If you suspect any clogged drains, contact a professional plumber immediately for a solution. With a bit of extra care, you can save high costs on expensive plumbing repairs. You can also ensure that your laundry appliances are working as they should be when you need them most.

 

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5 Tricks About Drain Cleaning You Wish You Knew

Residential drains are designed to drain out excess water and waste into your primary sewer system. Still, a drain only works effectively if it is cared for and properly maintained. Contaminants such as piles of hair, lint, soap residue, heavy liquids, grease, and food particles can enter your drain system and block it over time.

 

Many residential homeowners wonder if professional drain cleaning services are necessary. While it’s essential to keep your drains professionally cleaned, there are also some ways you can prevent drain clogs at your home. Let’s explore!

 

5 Drain Cleaning Tricks You Need to Know

 

The following are some drain cleaning tricks you wish you knew before an issue occurs.

 

1.   Use Hot Water

 

Hot water can do wonders when it comes to drain cleaning! It can bring back your clogged or dirty drains to their optimal performance. With pressurized hot water, you can ensure that your drains stay clean and anything stuck inside is dislodged before a more significant blockage occurs. The simplest drain cleaning method you can use is to flush your drains with hot water regularly.

 

2.   Basic Tools

 

Most people have essential tools at home, and these can come in handy if you have a blockage. You can simply clean your drains using tools you already own. Before you go out and buy a plumbing snake or other tools, try a bathroom plunger. Placing a plumber over your drain and flushing it with hot water can often dislodge whatever is clogged inside. You can also take your drain cover off with a screwdriver and use a clothing hanger to pull out any clogs at the top of your drains.

 

3.   Homemade Mixture Solutions

 

Most people don’t realize that chemical drain cleaners can do more damage than good. Luckily, you can make a natural drain cleaner at home that is safe for your drains. A simple mixture of vinegar and baking soda is incredibly effective in cleaning out your dirty or clogged drains. Pour one cup of baking soda into your drain and pour in some white vinegar. You will notice a fizzing reaction that means the solution is starting to work. Once the fizzing stops, flush the drain with hot water for at least 15 minutes. You should notice that the clog has been removed. You can also try soap and hot water, baking soda and salt, baking soda and lemon, or hot water and vinegar solutions.

 

4.   Drain Snake

 

If other methods fail, you can try using a small drain snake to remove the clog. Still, you should be careful with this method because you can do more harm than good if you don’t know how to use these tools. While it’s often easier to call a professional plumber, you can buy the tool at affordable prices from any hardware shop and keep it in your home for cleaning drains.

 

5.   Soda:

 

This is an interesting drain cleaning trick you might not have been aware of, but you can use sugary sodas to clean your drain. The phosphoric acid in them can often break down clogs and clear your drains quickly and easily. Just pour it into your clogged drain and see the results!

 

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