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March 7, 2018 @ 8:52 AM · Health, Spring

 
The “spring forward” time change is this weekend. If you’re like many people, you’re dreading it -- We’re going to lose an hour, after all. Here are some things you can do to make the transition a little easier.
 

 
1. Resist the urge to drink coffee and other caffeinated drinks in the afternoon or evening. The noticeable effects of caffeine may wear off after a few hours, but it stays in your system for much longer and affects your quality of sleep, so you’ll just wake up feeling more tired the next morning. Do your body a favor and stay away from caffeine after lunchtime! (Drink some non-caffeinated tea instead; an instant hot water dispenser, which ......

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February 14, 2018 @ 10:30 AM · Health, Winter

 

If you're feeling extra down this time of year, you're not alone. 10-20% of people are affected by some form of Seasonal Affective Disorder, appropriately acronymed "SAD," every winter. If you're one of those people, this article is for you!

We talk a lot on this blog about keeping your home healthy, but what about keeping your mind healthy? Mental health and home health can go hand-in-hand sometimes, so here are some tried-and-true things you can do in your home to help you feel happier for the rest of winter and beyond.


 

1. Open the curtains/blinds, and sit near windows as much as possible.

A lack of sunlight is a major cause of SAD. Even if it's a cloudy day, let in as much natural light as......

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January 31, 2018 @ 8:30 AM · Drains & Sewers, Toilets, Winter

 

Did you know that the Super Bowl is the second-highest day of food consumption after Thanksgiving? Statistics show that Americans will drink about 50 million cases of beer and eat 14,500 tons of chips, 4,000 tons of popcorn, and 1.23 billion chicken wings on Game Day. Of course that will all eventually end up in the plumbing - in fact, sewage systems in major cities have broken due to the huge number of toilets being flushed simultaneously during Super Bowl halftime!

If you're having a Super Bowl party this year, here are a few tips to help your plumbing run smoothly all evening so you can sit back and enjoy the game with your friends.
 



1. Have us run a quick maintenance check on your plumbing system beforehand. .........

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January 24, 2018 @ 9:29 AM

Frozen pipes are common in the Michigan winter, when temperatures are often below freezing. The danger about frozen pipes is that they can start leaking or even burst. In this post, we explain what causes them to burst and how you can prevent it.

Water expands as it freezes, which you’re probably familiar with because of the many potholes in Michigan’s roads. However, frozen pipes don’t burst just because of expanding ice; when the ice expands, it pushes water forward toward the closed faucet, which leads to a huge increase in pressure between the ice and the faucet. If that pressure becomes too much for the pipe to handle, the pipe will bulge or burst in that spot.

A burst pipe can be extremely destructive to your home .........

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January 10, 2018 @ 9:14 AM · Drains & Sewers, Health, Winter

 

Happy New Year! Do you have any resolutions this year? A new year presents a clean slate and a good chance to start over, start new habits, and better yourself. Many people's new years resolutions include joining a gym, starting a new diet, or going for walks every day in order to better their physical health.

This year, we challenge you to consider your home's health as well as your own! Studies show that living in a healthy home can help you and your family stay healthy as well. And keeping your home healthy goes beyond just keeping things clean; if you don't give your plumbing any attention, you could end up with mold problems or worse. Here are some quick and easy tips to make sure your plumbing system stays ......

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December 4, 2017 @ 7:23 AM · Company News, Winter

 

 

Christmastime is a time of giving, and at Universal Plumbing, we’re taking that seriously by participating in Giftmart once again!

 

Giftmart is an event that allows parents who are struggling financially to provide Christmas gifts for their kids. Parents can pick out brand-new donated gifts and buy them at extremely discounted prices; they’ll spend $3 for a brand-new toy valued at $25-$35. Then, that $3 gets cycled back into the community via homeless shelters and soup kitchens.

 

Over the past month or so, hundreds of toys have been donated for Giftmart and collected and sorted by our friends at The Woods Church. This Friday, December 8th, the entire Universal Plumbing team will empty our ......

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November 17, 2017 @ 9:59 AM · Drains & Sewers

 

Thanksgiving is this Thursday! We're really excited for the chance to spend time with loved ones and for the great food we're gonna eat. If you're the one cooking or hosting this Thanksgiving, though, be careful about what's going in the garbage disposal!

Contrary to popular belief, even the most high-end garbage disposals can't grind up anything. In fact, Thanksgiving and the day after are two of the busiest days of the year for plumbers. Most of the calls we get on those days are about broken or jammed garbage disposals and clogged sinks. Don't let that be you this year! Here's a list of 5 Thanksgiving foods you should never put down the disposal:


Turkey Bones, Grease, and Fat

Turkey bones are ......

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November 13, 2017 @ 8:05 AM · Sump Pumps, Winter

 

Sump pumps are usually associated with rainfall, but they are just as important in the snowy season, especially around here where the temperatures are never very consistent (remember last winter when it was in the 60s in February?). Melting snow will saturate the ground around your foundation and threaten to flood your basement. And there will be those few days where it warms up a little so the snow melts and it rains, creating a muddy mess that your sump pump will have to handle.

So, if you have a basement, a sump pump is extremely important in the winter. Now is the time to make sure it's working correctly - that it turns on, the float switch works, and it effectively discharges water to somewhere away from your foundation.......

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October 30, 2017 @ 9:02 AM · Fall, Winter

 

Can you believe November is only a day away? October was a wonderful month with warm weather and sunshine, so hopefully you were able to get your winter preparations done while the weather was nice! If you haven't, you still have a little time, but you don't want to wait much longer. It's getting cold out! Preparing your home for winter is extremely important in order to prevent frozen pipes and costly drafts.

In this post, we've compiled a list of resources to help you get your home ready for winter. Don't wait!


 

10 Things You Must Do Around the House This Fall - Popular Mechanics
Here are some of the essentials for preparing your home for winter.

 

More Safe, Less Sorry - HouseLogic
This ......

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October 26, 2017 @ 11:47 AM · Drains & Sewers, Fall

 

Jack-o-lanterns are a Halloween staple. They're great decorations, and carving them can be a fun activity for the whole family. But if you dispose of the pumpkin's pulp and seeds the wrong way, your Halloween could turn out to be much less fun.

A common misconception is that garbage disposals can grind up anything, but that simply isn't true. Pumpkin pulp gums up garbage disposals, sometimes to the point of rendering them unusable. And once the pulp gets into the pipes, it hardens and creates a nasty crust that even chemical drain cleaners like Drano can't get through. Your only option at that point would be to call a plumber and have them snake the drain to cut through it.

Instead of throwing those pumpkin guts ......

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