Nana’s Helpful Hint–and you MAY NOT NEED a PLUMBER!

Okay…Bathrooms are a pain in the ass to clean.  They are even more of a pain if you don’t live in an apartment complex with a maintenance person OR a halfway decent super…I’ve known too many people that had to wait a week for the super to show up or wait through a holiday weekend for a bloody plumber.  Before I go further, you need to know that if you use PVC piping on your plumbing neither lye nor things like Draino or Liquid Plumber are good for the lines.  DON’T USE ‘EM!  Over time, that can cause major problems especially if you live in an area like I do with hard water…Again, it’s a pain in the ass to fix! But if you’re too afraid to try what I am about to tell you, then call the plumber…It’s much safer–especially if you’re prone to making problem situations worse by trying to play Mr. or Ms. Fix It!

That being said, I am going to give you something to try FIRST.  Do NOT pick up that phone until you do unless you want to spend a minimum of $200.00 that you might not be able to afford.  There are only TWO things you need for this concoction…You need 1-30 oz. bottle of CLOROX bleach.  DO NOT USE STORE brands. The concentration of chlorine varies and this works best.  Then you need about 32-40 oz. of COKE CLASSIC. AGAIN, do not use store brands and such. If they don’t have COKE CLASSIC, Use ORIGINAL PEPSI. This is for the acid content and either one is pretty strong by itself.

CAUTION: Above all make sure the area is WELL VENTILATED.  The smell of this shit can knock the hide off of a buffalo AND/OR cause the meanest billy-goat to humble himself very quickly!
If it is a sink, try to plunge it to get rid of excess water first. If you can’t just do the best you can.  If it’s the toilet, same thing.  After you do that, pour in the soda first.  It looks freaky at first but when you add the bottle of bleach it will clear up. Wait a few minutes and it will start bubbling like mad…Once the bubbling slows down and/or stops (about 45 minutes) try putting hot water down the sink.  If it’s the toilet, flush it.  If it works, then great! I just saved you a fortune and you can thank me later.  If it only speeds up the draining (or flushing a little) then repeat it one more time.   Either way it’s worth a shot before calling the plumber. I know because I used this on my toilet tonight. BOOYAH! Have a great Sunday!



One Really Bad, Horrible, Pain in the Neck MORNING!!!

Yesterday I woke up, went to the bathroom and went to wash my face…NO hot water.  It’s 38 degrees outside so guess what that means…AFTER I cleaned the yard and patio from trash blowing in, I had two hours to get to work (a 40 commute) so I ate breakfast and prepared  snacks to take with me  because I am hypoglycemic.  If I don’t eat when I should, I can get violently ill from that too.  I then would have been sobered up quickly had I been a drinking person the night before, for the simple fact that I had to wash my hair and face in very FRIGID water…I was not happy.  I went to work.

5 p.m. rolls around and my 25-year-old son calls…

“Mom there isn’t any hot water and the plumbers aren’t working on the other apartments right now.”

I replied, “Son…Call our landlady.”

“I don’t want to bother her this late.” he said.

“Let me phrase it this way,” I said now HIGHLY annoyed because I wanted to take a hot shower after all the work and then the work on the job, “It is only 5 p.m.  If I don’t have hot water by the time I get home tonight, you do not want me to make that phone call because if the plumbers are gone, there is no reason for only the hot water to be NOT working.”

“Okay Mom.” he said.  Then we said goodbye and hung up.

Work was rough enough today, but when I got off of that phone, I wasn’t sure whether he’d actually call.

I got home, and didn’t say much.  Turned on the shower…

“OH MY GOD!,” I said, “It’s a miracle! We have hot water! See ya!”

I then did the “Snoopy Dance” because I was jubilant!

The boys were laughing.  I promise I stayed in that bloody shower for at least an HOUR!!!

I also found out that my son didn’t make the call. Other neighbors raised heck when the plumbers had been gone for a bit and there was no hot water on this side of the complex. Oh well it doesn’t matter…Once I went to bed and curled up with a good book, I was very much at peace with the rest of the day!  Well anyway, I just wanted to share that…Have a great week!