As we head into Labor Day Weekend, which is the end of summer in many part of the United States, sadly this is not the case in Phoenix. The humidity is on the rise again as we look forward to the monsoon storms kicking up again this weekend. I thought this would be a good time for some inside updating and cleaning of our home. The holidays aren't too far away and I wanted to start with updating our kitchen, which has been the same color of blue for about 10 years. That has to be one of the hardest rooms to paint, as you still need it be functional. Although, I would be perfectly happy to eat out until it's done!
The first part of the makeover started yesterday, so the kitchen is pretty messy to get around in already. While doing the dishes this morning, the kitchen sink became clogged and backed up. Ugh!!!
There is not a good time for this ever...but today of all days! I have very little patience when I get up and dress for a project, and cannot proceed quickly. Ron (The "R" of R & S Commercial Cleaning Service) and I have different schedules as he obviously works nights and needs to get some sleep during the day. (He also unclogs sinks and toilets on the job for our customers occasionally, so if you are in need of a janitor who gives great customer service!)
I am still on a very early morning schedule, so I (of course) have to try to solve this problem first. As I remove the yucky, smelly water from the sink, I always wonder what to do with it? Do I dump it down the toilet? Um, this is part of a clog already!?
Plungers to the rescue (hopefully)
Anyway, this leads me too an article I recently read about plungers. Did you know that all plungers are not the same?
A flat surface such as a kitchen sink or shower use a flat cup plunger for the best results. They usually have a black rubber piece.
They should all have a tight seal to work effectively. A toilet plunger has a pullout piece that fits into the drain opening with a tighter seal. And, apparently they are made of red rubber.
There is also a third option...An accordion plunger which has a more unique name, but is evidently harder to use and is made of plastic instead of rubber. This could cause scratches to the surface of your toilet.
They all come with a huge difference in quality and price. I'm just relieved that on the rare occasions I need a plunger immediately, that I can find them at my nearby grocery store. I guess if you want to do the job right, you should head to a hardware store and check out their sensational collection of plungers. Imagine how much more organized you will feel when your plungers are color coordinated to insure that you get the job done right.
We hope you have a happy, safe and clog-free Labor Day Weekend.