Monday, October 30, 2017

October Family Photo and Football Banquet

I can't believe that  October only has one day left, time  flies so quickly.  It's time to post our monthly goal of taking a family photo.  Our plan was to take some  photos at the Williams Golf and Country Club at Marland Heights but it was raining and  cold that we  scraped the idea.  We just took a couple  of shots when we arrived home after the party.
This year's football season was not a really victorious for the Junior Dons but still a learning  season for all of them.  My son is  discouraged and doesn't want to play next year, we will see.  This is his second season playing and I think he wants to be able to have a and on the ball, after all he is given the position where he is supposed to get the ball  through the course of the  each game but nothing.  He wanted to quit  in the middle of the season but we told him to finish  it and  have a break  next year.  
He wasn't feeling well  since Friday but since we already paid for the  banquet, we went there and celebrated with the rest of the  team and their families.  One thing I like  about the football program is that at the end of every season, the  coaches  give each athlete the recognition they deserve which means  that they care.
 All  players were given  a Jr. Dons  blanket and a hat and  the older boys get big framed photo which is nice.
It's hard taking  clear photos with my long lens.  My short camera lens got damaged when we  had our vacation in Las Vegas so I am using the long one.  Hopefully, Santa will bring me a new lens to replace  the other one.
 The scenery going to the golf course is beautiful.  Photos were not as bright as it was raining and taking photos in a wet windshield is  rough.
 I love  Fall but when it rains, it  is depressing. 
 Anyway, here's to another month that will passed by.  Two  more months and 2017 will be history.  MY daughter is already asking when we are putting the Christmas decor.  I told her that we might get it up after the Halloween.  We will see.  
 Hopefully, my son will feel better so he could enjoy the occasion.  I am not  looking forward for the cold  but it is  always safer to go with the kids when trick or treating.  With the crazy things happening these days, it's hard to not worry about your children's safety.  Have a safe Halloween celebration everybody. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Five Common Mistakes That Often Lead To Blocked Drains

While the plumbing system is undoubtedly one of the most important features in your home, you probably don't give it much thought until something goes wrong. This is a frequent mistake among homeowners. That's because the most common plumbing issues are highly preventable. Following are five plumbing missteps that can be easily avoided.

Not Educating Small Children About Drains

Small children are often fascinated with commodes. They simply cannot conceive of being able to make things disappear in a whirling, swirling pool of water. When you start potty training your youngsters and allowing them more independence in the bathroom, take the time to tell them about how your plumbing system works. This should stave off any curiosity about whether or not toothbrushes, small toys, hair accessories, and other small-sized items will go down. You should also avoid putting paper towels in the  bathroom for drying tiny hands. These heavy-duty paper products don't break down when flushed and thus, they're almost certain to cause blockages at one point in your plumbing system or another.
Allowing Small-Sized Toys In The Bath And Shower

Most blockages and overflows happen in the bathroom. In addition to limiting what people do and do not flush in your home, make sure that your kids aren't playing with any toys in the tub that are small enough to slip down into the drain when the water is let out. You should also be sure to check toys for any small, detachable parts that could come loose and cause problems. Moreover, adults and teens can be cautioned to exercise care when using small-sized hygiene products in bathing and showering areas. Razor caps, hair accessories, and the tops to body wash, conditioner, and shampoo bottles are all things that can lead to blocked drains.

Failing To Upgrade Clay Pipes At The Property Exterior

Sometimes blockages start outside of the home. Older properties often have clay pipes that connect the building plumbing to the sewer main. These pipes can be easily penetrated by invasive tree roots and weeds. Once they are, solid waste and other materials can get caught up on them. This can result in a whole-house back-up, severe property damage, and potential health issues. Even if your home is a historic one, having outdated clay pipes swapped out for more durable and resilient options is always your best bet.

Using Store-Bought Drain Cleaners

Drain cleaning solutions that are purchased in-store should never be your first option for clearing out slow-moving or blocked drains. These lye-based products are so corrosive that they're capable of eating through your pipes and other plumbing components. This is especially true when they prove incapable of clearing blockages out and wind up sitting in pipes for an extended period of time. While it may be possible to use store-bought drain cleaners on occasion, it's generally best to call in a plumber Atlanta GA can trust. In fact, you should seek professional help whenever you have a blockage that can't be cleared with either a plunger or a drain snake. Plumbing professionals have specialized equipment that will allows them to accurately diagnose the causes and the locations of plumbing issues, and without damaging any plumbing system components in the process.

Not Disposing Of Grease Properly

If you're the type who loves going online in search of household cleaning hacks,then you may have stumbled across recommendations for safely disposing of grease and oils down the drain. A number of bloggers and homemakers are recommending that people put grease down their kitchen drains while chasing it with cold water rather than hot. The idea is that grease will solidify early on and can then move through the system unimpeded, rather than cooling slowly and adhering to the interior of the pipes. The truth, however, is that grease should never be introduced into local water supplies. Not only is this environmentally irresponsible, but it can additionally open the door to a number of latent plumbing problems. You can never be sure that grease has made it all the way to the sewer main before warming up enough to leave a thick and problematic residue behind.

Good drain care can save you thousands. By educating your household on what and what not to flush or put down the drains, you can prevent costly blockages from ever occurring. Best of all, your diligence in this area will ensure that you always have the benefit of properly functioning drains throughout all areas of your home.