Monthly Archives: August 2014

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Need a Free Toilet? There’s a Website for That

It’s an all-too-common story. You’re on the go in a strange city – either on a business trip or vacation – when nature calls out of the blue. Because you don’t know the neighborhood, you have no idea which business establishments allow passersby use of their bathroom facilities. Wee Wee Free LogoYou might even get stuck having to buy a coffee or some other beverage or snack. Sure, it’s the definition of a first world problem, but nobody wants to buy a $4 coffee drink just to use the bathroom.
CBS New York recently called attention to two brave individuals who decided to do something about the hassle of finding a free bathroom on the go. Stefan George and Nadia Stoffell created, where participating businesses can list themselves as free bathroom locations. The website is currently focused on New York City, but the creators say they’re expecting to branch out.
“I’m not going to urinate on the side of the road,” said a woman speaking to CBS, praising the innovative website.
Evidentially, WeeWeeFree first came about when a then-unemployed George stumbled across a news article that told the story of a two-year-old who was fined $50 for public urination.
“I was like, you know what? New York City is even worse [for finding restrooms]” George told DNA Info in an interview.
George simply couldn’t let injustices like this continue and devoted his days to making sure people can find free bathrooms whenever needed. CBS notes that several other toilet location websites exist, but WeeWeeFree claims to be the best amongst them if you’re looking for a place to “go” in real time. The site also provides directions to free toilets, which should make it especially useful for tourists and those wandering in unfamiliar parts of town.
“Guests need to know where it’s easy to have a release,” a man on the street told CBS.
While some businesses may hesitate to alert the public-at-large to their free bathrooms, George explained to DNA Info that establishments—even local plumbing companies—could benefit from free bathrooms. “It might be a win-win” he told the news source. “The thing is, you can attract users, attract customers. Maybe one of 20 of them come back in the evening. It’s probably worth it.”

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3 Ways to Maintain a Clean Shower Drain

Of all the drains in a typical home, the shower might be the easiest to overlook. Over time, hair and grime can clog up the drain, making your showering and bathing experiences less enjoyable. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to make it less likely you’ll have to call a Shower Drainprofessional plumber for drain cleaning services.

Swab the Drain After Showering
If you or someone in your household tends to leave a lot of hair behind after a shower, it’s especially worth your time to swab the hair and residue off the surface of the drain before it gets sucked into the pipes. Wipe out the shower drain with a wad of paper towels to keep the process sanitary. This can be an especially useful practice if any members of your household typically shave in the shower. Use paper towels rather than toilet paper, which may disintegrate and further clog your drain.

Boiling Water
Here’s a preventive draining cleaning method you might not have thought of before – pour two gallons of boiling water down your shower drain once every 14 days to flush out the system. This helps prevent future clogs. You can handle boiling water safely in a working kettle with a spout.

Of course, there are very important differences between showers and toilets. But, both systems can be unclogged with plungers. Cleaning a shower or a shower-tub combo drain with a plunger works best when there’s some water on the shower floor or in the tub.

Vinegar and Baking Soda
This might be a fun cleaning project for anyone fascinated by chemistry. Different sources recommend various amounts of each product to get the chemical reaction needed to clean drains. Typically, you pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into your shower drain, wait a few minutes, then follow with a single cup of vinegar. Allow the fizzy concoction to sit in the drain for 10 minutes, then rinse it away with boiling water or hot shower water. Repeat the process if the drain remains clogged or sluggish.

But if home remedies like these aren’t getting the job done, and your shower drain is clogged, get in touch with Captain Plumbing. We take care of problems like this all the time.