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How to Clean the Kitchen Sink Drain

We've all encounter a blockage in our kitchen sink drain from time to time. Often, it can be washed away by simply pouring water down the drain, but what if the blockage is more persistent? In this article, we will look at the common causes of drain blockages and recommend some of the most effective ways to clear them and the tools that we will need to do so.

There are two main causes of blockages in kitchen sink drains: food/dirt buildup and lime scale deposits. Lime scale is caused by a high mineral content in the water coming out of your tap (referred to as 'hard' water), and gradually coats the walls of the drainpipe with calcium deposits, preventing water from flowing away. If you live in an area with hard water, lime scale can be prevented by installing a filter on your water system (preferably at a point on the system prior to where the water is dispersed throughout your house).

To clear a lime scale blockage, you will usually require a specialized cleaning fluid such as CLR Pro CL-4Pro. This fluid should be poured down the drain and left to sit for some time, after which, you simply pour water down the sink and it will wash the (now dissolved) lime scale blockage away and normal draining capacity will return.

Bear in mind that you may also find that the flow of water coming out of your taps is reduced by lime scale and that this same cleaning liquid can be applied to fixtures to remove the buildup of plaque (though thorough rinsing is recommended afterwards to prevent ingesting any of the cleaning fluid).

Food blockages are caused by large pieces of food debris being swept down the drain and collecting at choke points. This can easily be prevented by placing a sink filter over the plughole and by cleaning the majority of food on plates into the bin prior to doing the washing up. If, however, you still find yourself with a food blockage in your drain a simple wire brush will often be enough to break up the blockage and shift it along.

If the blockage is more persistent though, you may need to use a corrosive substance such as caustic soda to break it up. A few scoops from a small 1lbs pot will usually be enough. You can mix the caustic soda with water or simply pour it straight down the drain. In either case, give the caustic soda a few minutes to do its work before flushing it away with tap water. It should remove most blockages on the first try, though with larger obstructions, more soda may be required.

We hope that this article has been helpful. If your problem persists, it may be advisable to consult a trained plumber to see if there is a more serious problem with your water system. It is also worth bearing in mind that if you are having issues with lime scale, a installing filter is highly recommended in order to prevent damage to your boiler and central heating system.

Tips on How to Organize your Room

It can always be a challenge to decide how to organize your room. The battle against mess and clutter is seemingly never ending and the goal of taking control and introducing some efficiency into your life can appear to be a pipe dream.

In this article, however, we will address the main causes of a disorganized room and look at some of the best and most effective ways to clean up your living space and keep it that way.

One of the best methods you can use when working out how to organize your room is to divide it up into specific tasks. Rather than simply saying to yourself ‘I will clean up this mess’, try instead to think of individual things that need to be done (i.e. vacuuming the carpet, filing away papers, dusting shelves etc) and then say to yourself ‘I will do this specific task’.This technique not only allows you to accurately gauge how much time will be needed to clean away a mess, but also prevents procrastination. By dividing the project up into smaller jobs, you can stay motivated and clearly see how much progress you are making even from just doing small things in your free time.

Once the mess has been cleared away, it is time to decide on what to do with the stuff that remains and how to prevent the mess from returning in the future. Personally, I find that one of the main sources of clutter is loose paperwork. Although an inbox/outbox tray is useful, a high-quality filing cabinet is one of the most powerful ways in which to keep your papers organized. You should clearly divide the interior of the filing cabinet to retain your papers in distinct categories (e.g. insurance details, automobile documentation and forms relating to your property), this will allow you to keep everything neatly stored for quick reference in future and allow for ease of management. This is especially helpful for students or people who work from home, providing a great opportunity to securely store study materials or work-related files.

A second tip is to divide your room into specific areas dedicated to one activity and not allow objects to leave their designated area. Your desk, for instance, should be used to maximize your productivity, with each drawer being used to store things that are genuinely needed to assist you in your work and the desktop being free of distractions and casual entertainment. The couch or armchair should be used purely for relaxation, preventing you from spreading your work-related materials across the living space and creating a situation where things are hard to find. Lastly, your bed should be used purely for sleeping. Not for watching films or eating breakfast, but only for sleeping. This will ensure that your brain does not learn to subconsciously associate the bed with activity and can instead drift off to sleep with ease, making sure you are well-rested for the coming day.

Thirdly, it is important to cut down on paper notes. Although it may seem like the very essence of good organization to keep track of things by jotting them down, this can actually have a negative effect. Not only are things such as post-it notes and notebooks easy to misplace, but they can quickly increase in number to the point that they are overwhelming. Instead, consider investing in a dry-erase board to hang on the wall near your desk. You can use this to easily keep track of your goals and deadlines and it is available to consult at any time. Furthermore, it makes good use of the available wall space and keeps you from amassing a collection of irrelevant notepapers.

The fourth and final step of how to organize your room is simple: do things right away. Don’t procrastinate and allow small things to build up, instead tackle them head-on. Put clothes away as soon as they are cleaned, file or bin papers a soon as you have reviewed them, empty the bin every few days. In this manner, you can avoid the most common cause of a disorganized room: laziness. We all have lazy moments now and again, but dealing with problems right away will keep your living space clean and give you more free time in the long run.

We hope that this article has been helpful, and has given you some good ideas on how to organize your room. Remember that the most important factor in maintaining a healthy personal space is mindset and that by properly defining your goals, it will become much easier to meet them.