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About Jim Locksley

One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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Three Natural Drain Cleaning Solutions

by Mike Brewer

Harsh drain cleaning chemicals destroy pipes, yet consumers keep buying them--why? The answer is simple, really. They just do not know that there are much better alternatives than the highly corrosive, flesh-burning chemicals you can buy at any grocery or hardware store in the home cleaning aisle. Here are three natural drain cleaning products that really, truly work.

Baking Soda and Lemon Juice

Baking soda destroys odors that befoul a drain. When you add the lemon juice to the baking soda in the drain, a chemical reaction ignites the baking soda and the resulting cleansing foam quickly expands through the pipes and pushes everything farther down the drain. Although many people have suggested that vinegar is equally effective, the problem with vinegar is that it draws fruit flies and drain flies. The lemon juice still works like the vinegar on a chemical level, but will not draw those pesky little flies nor will it smell as unpleasant as the vinegar after a day or two.

Power Plunge

This is a fairly new method of natural drain cleaning. Imagine taking a sink plunger and a can of compressed air and combining them. That is exactly what this method is all about--using the natural force of air to flush a clog and clean a drain. The instrument that delivers the power plunging action fits over the drain. You activate the plunger by pushing it down hard over the drain, as hard as you can push it until you hear and feel a big whooshing. Next, remove the air plunger from the drain. If the drain appears to be clean and clear, run some water down into it to make sure. If it is still a mess or still appears to be clogged, repeat the process until the drain is clear and water goes down without a problem.


For those of you that also have a septic system, you not only want to clean and clear the drain, but also make sure that what you use is not damaging any part of your septic system too. Microbial solutions are the perfect remedy. They are completely natural and these microscopic organisms eat everything from hair to feces. Natural microbial solutions do not have any harsh chemicals in them; just the microbes, a liquid delivery system like water or start-up food for the microbes (sugar water) and maybe a little perfume for a pleasant scent.

For more information or assistance, contact a company like 2 Guys Plumbing and Heating Inc.