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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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A Parent's Guide To Bathroom Drain Health

by Mike Brewer

The children in your home pose an added danger to your bathroom's plumbing on a daily basis. Young children often flush small toys or large amounts of toilet paper down the toilet. Older teens bathe often and use a lot of beauty products that can accumulate in the sink, bathtub, and shower drains. Thankfully, there are some simple things that you can do to ensure that your bathroom's drains stay clean and healthy, despite any of the foreign objects your children may introduce into them. 

Follow these suggestions to keep your bathroom's from having clogged drains:

Clean and Degrease the Sink Drain

Kids of all ages often use a lot of toothpaste, soaps, and makeup products that can cause a layer of grease to form on the inside of your bathroom sink's drain. This grease will attract hair and dirt as it travels through the drain and will eventually lead to a nasty clog. 

To prevent hair and grease clogs in the sink, each week place a teaspoon of liquid dish detergent into the drain and then wash it away with the hot water tap. Run the water until the drain stops to bubble. The dish detergent is designed to break down the grease and will clean out the drain to prevent dirt and hair clogs.

Clean and Degrease the Bathtub and Shower Drain

Lotion and hair conditioning products are largely made of grease and oils. Just as with the sink, your bathroom's bathtub and shower drains will also become clogged over time from a combination of grease and hair. When your kids bathe, they will naturally shed a lot of hair and this leads to frequent clogs in the tub and shower drains. 

To prevent clogs from happening, every other week you should remove the screens that cover the drains and remove all of the hair that is inside of the drain. You can use a thin piece of any strong wire to accomplish this task. A wire coat hanger that has been straightened works well for this project. 

Once all of the hair is removed, then wash the drain using the dish soap technique explained above to remove any grease coating the inside of the plumbing.

Clean and Protect the Toilet Drain

The biggest danger to the toilet drain from your children is the flushing of small toys or excessive amounts of toilet paper. To keep toys from causing expensive plumbing clogs that require professional assistance, make it a family policy to keep all toys out of the bathroom.

Finally, you should instruct your children on the proper use of toilet paper and the amount that is reasonable to use. Using a toilet paper that is rated to be approved for septic systems will also help to avoid clogs in the toilet drain from toilet paper flushing.

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