Monday, April 21, 2014

Drain Cleaning - Los Angeles

Drains, drains - they won’t go away. You wouldn’t want them to - you need them - in your bathroom, in your kitchen sink. You use them all the time, and like anything that receives heavy use, problems can occur.

With kitchen drains, grease and food waste can stick and make drains run slowly or clog and back up - and then it’s time to call the pizza delivery service, because you won’t want to be washing dishes until the issue is resolved!

In the bathroom, hair, soap, and grime are the build up culprits. Keep an eye on your shower and tub - before a drain becomes completely clogged it may simply run slowly. That’s not normal - water should drain right away when you shower, and rapidly post-bath.

Toilets can also be problematic. Whether it’s an excess of toilet paper or accidentallly flushing baby wipes or facial tissue which dissolves less easily than toilet paper, clogs do happen. A plumbers’ snake is usually the easiest way to cut through the clog and clean the drain at the same time.

Then there are the drains you may not usually even consider - ground level drains such as drains on patios, in driveways, or laundry rooms. These drains usually contain a trap that can get clogged, causing back up.

Using drains everyday means that over time, almost inevitably, there’s going to be a clog or two. You can try to prevent this by using a drain filter in the bathroom to catch hair, running hot water anytime you put anything down a drain, pouring boiling water into a mildly clogged drain and being patient, adding more and more hot water until the clog - whatever it may be - dissolves.

But none of these measures help all the time. Sometimes you need to bring in a pro to do the cleaning. And you want to make sure you’re working with someone who knows what they are doing. Look at online reviews, ask for referrals. Drain cleaning Los Angeles style: get rid of that clog fast and efficiently, or prevent it from happening in the first place with professional cleaning before a problem arises.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spring in LA

In some parts of the country, it’s hard to believe spring has arrived, what with all the snowy weather and storms. But here in Los Angeles, we’ve got blue skies, blue sea, and flowers bursting out all over. Not to mention - it’s going to be Dodger time again!

How do you put winter behind you? Here are some of the things I do to put the winter months in the rear view mirror:

After work exercise. Gone is the need for early morning sessions at the gym. Now I can take a run along the sand at the end of the work day, with more daylight to guide me through the sunset.

Garage sale. Yes, spring cleaning. It sounds like a cliche, but one of the best ways to clean out the house is to get rid of unwonted items. Whether it’s outgrown children’s toys or that apple-baker your great aunt gave you, having an old fashioned garage sale is a great thing to do. Not only can it put a little extra cash in your pocket, left overs can be donated to a worthy charity of your choice.

Home maintenance. You don’t have to go overboard. Just pick one necessary item and make sure it gets done. So whether that’s cleaning out or replacing rain gutters, or replacing that leaky shower head, just do it. No procrastinating.

Finances. Yes, it’s almost tax time. Spring is the time to get your receipts and your 1040’s in order, whether it’s you putting it all together or your accountant.

Recreation. Have you been longing to take up tennis again? Or learn how to surf? Or do you have a great Los Angeles location you want to visit but haven’t - like the Griffith Observatory for a picnic and a look at the planetarium, or a great dim sum place in Chinatownt? Apply the same principle here as you would to chores - just pick something and do it.

Spring on into spring - that’s my advice :)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Make Your Los Angeles Home a Greener Place to Be

Make your house green is a lot easier than it used to be. And it's a good plan - you can save time, money, and the planet at the same time, more or less - all without taking on an overwhelming amount of work either. In fact, going green at home has never been easier.

Let's start with the basics. These include getting rid of older, inefficient appliances. This is a good plan for your wallet as well as for the environment. Some people are very surprised at how much they save after they purchase Energy Star rated refrigerators or washer dryers that are more friendly, environmentally and use a lot less power.

And here's an inexpensive and incredibly easy change - just replace your light bulbs. That's right, get rid of incandescent bulbs and replace them with fluorescent lighting, or LED type lighting. Again, savings for your pocket book, and energy savings for the environment.

Another favorite, efficient, cost saving green change is a programmable thermostat? These inexpensive devices make temperature alteration a snap. Using this kind of thermostat allows control of the temperature in each individual room in your home. So your bedroom can be toasty warm, and your living room stay cool all night long. Or, turn on the a/c for that dinner party in the summer, cool off the dining room and kitchen - but moderate the temperature in the part of your home where you're not entertaining. 

And then there’s water savings. Naturally, low-flush toilets and low-flow showers are a great idea. But many Los Angeles home owners are selecting landscaping choices that result in even more savings. Replace those non-native flower beds that need constant watering with native plants that grow beautifully in Los Angeles, and live longer, too.

The result: time savings for you, healthier plants, less water being used to preserve your landscaping. And that means less cost. Saving time, water, money, beautifying your home with a natural feel - what could be better. And here's another idea, when you do water, employ recycled water sources. Grey water sprinkler systems are such an efficient way to use water. Go grey to green! There, that wasn't so hard, was it?