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Exploring Roof Builds, Techniques and Tools

Hey everyone, my name is Patricia Brown, but everyone calls me Trish. I will use this site to explore residential roofing materials and building techniques. Roofs protect the home from the elements and provide a stylistic touch unmatched by any other feature. There are a wide range of materials used for roof construction, including copper, asphalt and tile shingles. Even the hardware varies considerably depending on which type of roof you'd like for your home. Every roofer has their own set of tools and techniques used to complete the job. Roofers may utilize high tech tools to measure grades and find leaks. I could go on forever about roofs, so I created this site for my ideas and discoveries about this fun industry. I'd love for you all to follow along with my journey through roof exploration. Welcome!

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6 Things That You Should Never Put Down Your Drains

A clogged drain is a very common plumbing problem, and you can encounter this problem all around your house. Sinks, toilets, and bathtubs can all become clogged if you aren't careful. Here are six things more about this topic that you should never put down any of the drains in your home.

Grease

Dumping hot grease down the drain is fast and easy, but it's a bad idea. Grease is only a liquid when it's hot, but when it cools, it solidifies. This solid grease will stay in your drain, and other objects that go down the drain will stick to it, forming a mass. When you're done cooking bacon or another fatty meat, wait for the grease to cool, and then put the solid grease in your kitchen garbage. 

Personal hygiene wipes

Personal hygiene wipes are marketed as being flushable, but that doesn't mean that they're good for your pipes. These wipes don't break down in water like regular toilet paper does, so if a wipe gets stuck in a bend in your pipes, it's going to stay there. Toilet paper, on the other hand, breaks down after being submerged in water for only eight seconds, which means that it won't cause serious plumbing problems. 

Coffee grounds

Many people think that pouring coffee grounds down the drain will help to keep their pipes clean, but this is a myth. Coffee grounds don't keep your pipes clean, instead, they can cause horrible clogs. This is because the grounds can get stuck in the bends of the pipes and over time, a clog will be the result. If you need to put the grounds down the drain, at least run water down the drain for a couple of minutes afterwards. Putting the grounds in your garbage (or better yet, your compost bin) is a much better idea.

Hair

It's hard to avoid getting hair in your drain after a bath or shower, but it's very bad for your drain! Long hairs mix with soap scum in the drain and form large clogs that can be hard to remove. After you take a shower or bath, take a moment to remove any shed hairs from the drain. Also, consider investing in a shower drain protector. This will keep the hairs from washing down the drain and creating a hard-to-reach clog that needs to be snaked. 

Dental floss

Dental floss seems harmless, but it's just as bad for your drains as hair is. It can form knots inside the drain, and even worse, other objects that go down the drain can get stuck to the floss. This creates a tangled mess that will block your drain. Save yourself the aggravation of a clogged sink or toilet by putting your floss in the garbage can.

Cat litter

Cat litter is another thing that you should never put down your drain. Some types of cat litter are marketed as being flushable, but just like with "flushable" wipes, this can cause serious problems. When cat litter comes in contact with water, it absorbs the water and expands. This waterlogged cat litter can easily clog your pipes and cause an expensive plumbing problem. Why is cat litter such a problem? Some types of cat litter can grow to fifteen times their original size!

It's tempting to use the drains throughout your house as a convenient disposal method for various items, but this can cause serious (not to mention expensive) plumbing problems. Putting items in the garbage can takes more time now, but it will save you time, money, and hassle later. If you've already flushed one of these items and now have a clog, call a plumber right away before the problem can get worse.