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Could the holiday season affect your plumbing?

It is interesting to image a situation where plumbers have their busiest day of the year. You would think plumbers are called out to random jobs that require a drain to be cleaned or pipes and leaks to be fixed. Well, it turns out there is at least one day a year that the plumbing industry giant Roto-Rooter has reported.

“Brown Friday” is Busiest Day of the Year for Roto-Rooter

CINCINNATI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for plumbers and drain cleaners. Holiday meal preparation and after-dinner cleanup create “the perfect storm” for plumbers who stay extra busy unclogging kitchen sinks, disposals, toilets and sewers. While shoppers and retailers call it Black Friday, many plumbers refer to the day after Thanksgiving as “Brown Friday” because of the dirty water and sewage they are called upon to deal with.

According to Roto-Rooter, America’s largest provider of plumbing repair and sewer and drain services, “Brown Friday” is its busiest day of the year. The company’s incoming calls for service increase by 50 percent over an average Friday, and it sees a 27 percent uptick in business over any other Friday through Sunday period in November. read more at businesswire.com

clogged drainNow as I read that in slight disgust and slight intrigue, I am reminded of a conversation I had with a friend who owns a great plumbing and heating company in Calgary, Ontario Canada. He explained that people in general, take their plumbing for granted and simply do not respect it until they have to pay some like him hundreds or thousands of dollars to unclog and fix the problem. Most people simply do not think about their plumbing.

So we are encouraging that you and your family take your plumbing seriously this Thanksgiving and use precautions when preparing food, or taking care of your business after dinner. This is not common advice, but as you can see it could save you thousands of dollars, and you avoid contributing to ridiculous “day after Thanksgiving” statistics.

Happy Thanksgiving!

How hard is to remodel a bathroom?

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Redesigning a bathroom can be an enormous task and can take lots of planning. We have seen our fair share of issues and we understand how important this area of your home can be! We have found some great resources with that can help any bathroom remodel.

The first step to making changes to any existing property is the planning phase. This is vital to organize and focus all of the people involved and all the aspects that must change. In the planning phase, it is best to capture your own vision and work backward from there. So if you are looking for a victorian feel, or a more modern design you must have a loose idea of what that will look like once all the work is finished, otherwise you will find yourself backtracking and creating your own problems along the way. Here is some advise from one of our favorite blogs kitchenbathdesign.com

kitchenbathdesign.comDESIGN TRENDSFrankie Castro, creative director, Square Footage Custom Kitchens & Baths, in Ajax, Ontario, encourages her clients to customize their spaces in a way that reflects themselves, rather than following any particular trend. “I tell them, ‘Trends come and go, but your personal style will always remain,’” she says. “Once you understand your personal style, you can interject a trend and be ‘on point.’ Your space becomes who you are.”

Creative tile design/new shapesThere has always been an emphasis on tile in the master bath, notes Castro. “For years it was 12″x24″, a little more lineal and graphic, but now it is more playful and patterned, with different shapes,” she says. “We’re seeing strong geometrics, especially hexes. They can provide a 3-D effect, or you can use several patterns together, allowing personalization so no one else has the same look. The possibilities are endless. It’s exciting because for such a long time, tile has been looked at as just a protective material. Now it is making more of a statement.”

As you can see the best way to create as space for yourself is to make it reflect yourself. Only you know what you like, so you must plan in such a way that you can share that vision with the other professionals involved.

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Next, you must decide what resources are necessary tools, materials, and professionals you will need to accomplish your vision for your new bathroom. If you are a DIY kind of person, you will likely already know what to expect, however, if this is your first renovation you will want to do your research and make sure you understand how to build in such a way that the bathroom will withstand common everyday use.

There are many resources out there, and we put together a small list to get you started.

Obviously, you local home improvement store will be first on the list.

Home Depot and Lowes come to mind. Remember though just because these types of stores are convenient, they may not always be the best quality or price.

Types of tools you will need:

Trowel
Screw Driver
Drill
Hammer
Caulking Gun
Tile Saw
Circular Saw
Pipe Cutter
Pipe Wrench
Sawsall

Other resources:

Go to a local Habitat For Humanity Restore for materials.
Local Pawn Shops Often have tools that you can pick up at a discount
Use Google to research how to do specific projects.
Buy Parts instead of new pieces.

Parts Suppliers

Ace Hardware – General fittings and plumbing
Bay Motor Products – Electric Fan Motor Replacements
Fastenal – Screws, Nuts, Bolts and other fasteners
My Knobs – Cabinet knobs and hardware

Use Youtube for specific instructions – Here is a great video to start with, it is a couple years old but can provide some good insight into your projects!

3 Top Home Improvement Strategies

Home Improvement entails improving your home’s features to increase its aesthetic and economic value. Today, many homeowners are more interested in creating strategic improvements on their homes to take good advantage of the existing space as well boost the functionality and efficiency. Homeowners feel that they need access to established home improvements strategies which can actually enhance their living space. This article will highlight 3 top home improvements strategies that will ensure your home is transformed from good to perfect with lightning speed:

Best Home Improvement Strategies

1.Solar Power

Studies have shown that installing solar power system on the house’s roof can enhance your home’s value. Solar is a great investment you might make in the home as it can increase the value of your home by $24,000. The costs of buying and installing a solar panel system are less than $15,000, meaning that after selling the home you can recover your costs and still remain with some good profits. Living in a solar-powered home can help decrease or even completely eliminate electricity bill. Solar panels may protect you from the ever rising utility rates for more than 25 years that they generate power. Moreover, solar decreases your effect on the environment through producing emissions-free electricity for the home.

2.Bathroom

A bathroom needs to have fixtures, materials, and amenities with great value and provide high comfort for the user. A midrange bathroom improvement is a good investment as although it can cost $26,000, you can recover around 60% of those expenses when you finally sell the home. To make good use of the space available, it is important to have tubs and glass door on baths. A pedestal sinks may use less space than a vanity. Locating new fixtures near existing sanitation pipes can help you save reconstruction costs. Radiant heat floors and multiple shower heads are great features to add to bathroom improvements. Bathroom ventilation is vital for getting rid of excess humidity that makes the floor slippery, fogs mirrors and causes the growth of mold and mildew. Mold remediation is costly and excess humidity may damage painted finishes and cabinets.

3.Kitchen

Open kitchens have gained popularity in this modern times. The hottest trend in home improvements is removing the wall between the kitchen and the living room. This strategy appeals to most homeowners as it immediately creates more room and vividly changes the feel and look of their homes. Creating open kitchens helps make smaller houses look bigger. The kitchen is not only seen as a room for cooking but also for schoolwork, socializing and eating. The attractiveness of open kitchens has generated a new flooring style: hardwood floor. Many people are installing hardwood floors rather than tile in their kitchens. Most people have already installed hardwood floors in their living rooms and hence they want to achieve the same continuity in their kitchens once they open up the wall from the sitting room. Despite the fact that hardwood floors are expensive to install compared to the other flooring options, they are durable and offers a comfy, timeless feel and look that never gets out-of-date.