4 Major Causes Of Blocked Drains

It is important to determine the usual causes of blocked drains for you to be able to determine how you can prevent these issues and how you should respond when these problems occur. One way to properly handle clogged drains is to call reputable drain cleaning experts such as from Fresh Flo instead of attempting to fix the issue when you do not have the technical expertise for it. To respond to your drain issues properly, you need to understand how your pipes work and what can possibly damage them or cause its low performance.

 Flushed wipes

Trash cans are placed inside the toilet for one important reason: to prevent the drains and the entire piping system from getting blocked. One of the usual and major reasons why drains get clogged is due to the reckless flushing of wet wipes, diapers, sanitary napkins and toilet papers into the bowl. Sanitary napkins and the aforementioned materials are made of plastic materials and water cannot flow directly through it. Even soft materials such as table napkins and toilet paper can still block pipes when they accumulate in the pipes over time.

Hard water deposits

Hard water may be liquid but they contain mineral deposits that can accumulate within the walls of the pipe over the years. You can have the pipes regularly checked and clean or you can ask the drain experts to replace your water pipes with hard plastic instead of using metal ones that will corrode or get rusted over time.

Poor drainage or water system

Another usual reason for blocked drain is obsolete or poor water and drainage system. If your house was built a few decades ago, chances are, its drainage system is not critically designed unlike the efficient designs of today. Have your water and drainage system checked by Fresh Flo to see how it can be enhanced.

Inefficient septic tank

The performance of your drainage system is influenced by your septic tank. If water is no longer flowing properly through the drain, there is a possibility that your septic tank is already full and needs some checking from Fresh Flo.

Advantages Of Frameless Shower Screen

A frameless shower screen is suitable for those who want their homes to look modern and those who want their bathroom to have that contemporary feel. Shower curtains are already a thing of the past so if you are thinking about renovating your home, you might as well include your bathroom to boost your home’s overall appearance. Here are some of the advantages that you can get by replacing your shower curtains with frameless shower screen.

Improved aesthetics

Old bathroom screens usually come with metal frames and are usually frosted or textured. Its design usually includes hinges with frames and generally limits visibility both from the inside of the bathroom and outside. However, modern designs are minimalist. Shower screens of modern designs are already devoid of hinges and visual obstructions. The glass doors are already clear with frameless shower screen. It adds elegance to the entire bathroom especially if you would add modern bathroom fixtures and tiles.

Easy to clean

Because modern shower screens are free from hinges and frames, they can be cleaned easily. Without frames made of aluminium or steel, frameless shower screens do not collect stains, rust and dirt. You would only need a wet rag to clean the shower screen and this only takes a few minutes. No need for scrubbing or application of cleaners with harsh chemicals.

 Easy installation

Believe it or not, frameless screens for shower can be installed even by those who are not the handy type. Frameless shower screens can be retrofitted so it can fit to your current space. It also does not require screwing or bolting the screen into place. Without the frame, your bathroom will also look bigger than its actual size.

 Clean and hygienic

A frameless shower screen does not have metal, wooden or stainless steel frames. Thus, you do away with having a frame which is a breeding ground for bacteria, germs and other microorganisms that can harm the body when you get in contact with it. Frameless shower screens are made of solid glass which is non-porous thereby making it an almost impossible breeding ground for bacteria.

The Change In Newcastle’s West End Told Through Illustration

The change in Newcastle’s west end is showcased through a map created by Liz Anelli.

The story of change

Newcastle, which is the second biggest city located in New South Wales, is experiencing change, from the train line cut short due to light rail, to the current developments of multi-storey buildings in the CBD.

In 2013, Liz Anelli, a Hunter-based illustrator, created a big public mural of the Newcastle port, then also created an Illustrated Map of Newcastle’s east end in order to be used by walkers.

Her current map of the city’s west end showcased a lot of the landmarks that she hopes will encourage the residents to check their surroundings.

The use of technology to discover places

Ms Anelli designs children’s books and creates maps, murals and graphics.

She was always interested in art. She used to draw house plans and maps of an ideal town, as a child.

It took her 4 months to research, to draw, to color and to finish the Illustrated Map.

Ms Anelli made use of technology to assist her with the artwork. She said that she began with Google Maps for accuracy.

She drew a plan of all the streets’ location and photocopied it. She then went out with her sketchbook and camera and explored the streets.

Every time she saw something interesting, she either took a photo or drew it or do a research about it. Then, she went back to her studio to piece the things together.

There are iconic buildings, waterways and parks represented in the map.

She also researched some locations’ history.

The map showcased old art deco buildings located in Hamilton and new office blocks located in Newcastle West, which represented the transformation in the city.

She also had to make hard decisions regarding which landmarks to include and to not include. She said that she did not get so detailed and only included the most interesting ones.

Benefits of going out to explore the world

Ms Anelli mentioned that there was something special in observing the place one lives in. She added that she wanted to just use her eyes and look around her, rather than be engrossed in phones and computers.

Where To Get The Money When Boiler Repairs Require $350,000

On the Hudson River, a sprawling 150-year old convent that has become home to Franciscan Sisters is facing the issue of broken boilers. Winter is coming and if the boilers are not fixed or replaced, the sisters have to put on extra sweaters. A boiler maintenance check discovered that 4 of the boilers were broken. Replacement will cost about $50,000 apiece. Besides that, there are leaks in the records and archives room. The total amount required for repairs and replacements to make the convent comfortable for the Franciscan Sisters is $350,000.

The convent is running on one boiler which is not enough to provide heat when the winds from the Hudson River start to chill the convent. The sisters do not have $350,000. The dilemma cannot be solved through prayers alone and they have to seek earthbound help. The Franciscan Sisters have decided to take the plea to a crowdfunding platform where funds for a project can be raised through small amounts provided by a large number of people through the internet. “Heat for the Sisters” is an effort on youcaring.com.

The Franciscan Sisters belong to an international community not a diocesan community although they are also required to follow the rules of the local diocese. They do not get financial support from the local diocese so that they have to rely on donations for their day-to-day needs. Some of the sisters work to earn some stipend but considering that the most of the sisters are 65 years old, work will not allow them to support the convent needs. Some of the sisters receive Social Security.

Many have responded to the sister’s plea for donations because of personal connections and good deeds that have provided to the community. Others have reached out to make suggestions so that the boilers will be repaired now that the weather is getting colder.

If you notice that your boiler is not functioning properly, make a call to Cliff from Glow Flow. Cliff is a qualified and experienced heating engineer who will fix the problem on the same day as long as parts are available. Replacement will only be suggested if repairs are no longer feasible.

Celebration Of Loy Krathong Festival In Thailand

Loy Krathong is known as the yearly festival of lights that is celebrated in Thailand. The festival lasts for a week and during this times, thousands of flickering flames are launched after sunset. This way, the lakes, rivers and skies all over the country is enveloped with light.

The festival was adapted by Thai Buddhists from their ancient Brahmanical tradition. Loy Krathong is the reason why many people come from all over the globe during the middle of the month of November. In rural as well as coastal areas, there are lanterns that are sent into the air which are called by the locals as khom loy. In the cities, on the other hand, they have small baskets with elaborate designs that are released into the body of water. The gesture is a tribute to the goddess of water as well as a symbol that the baskets will carry away all the negative luck. The baskets are called krathongs by the locals. According to the superstition, the basket of the person that floats away is a sign that he or she will receive good fortune in the next year. In an unfortunate case that the basket drifts back, bad luck is to be expected.

The main highlight of the festival is during the full moon which will fall in the 12th month according to the lunar calendar of the Thais. This usually coincides in the month of November of the English calendar. For this year, the full moon happened last November 14. For tourists who wanted the best view in the country during the festival, the lakes and riverfronts found in Bangkok as well as beaches located in Koh Samui are the best places to be during the releasing. For first timers, ask your hotel concierges about tips on how and where you should be in order to participate in the event.

If you want to experience Loy Krathong in the city, Bangkok is the best place to be. You can book a hotel in the centre of the city. If you want a picturesque and relaxing view, try booking at a Samui beach hotel and watch Loy Krathong unfold from there.


Advantages Of Human Hair Extensions

There are two main types of hair extensions; the one that is made of synthetic material and the other one that is made of 100% remy hair or human hair extensions. If you are working on a budget, a synthetic type of hair extension can be had as an economic alternative to natural hair extension. However, if you want high quality hair extension, remy hair should be your best choice. There are several reasons why you should use human hair for extension. Some of these advantages include the following:

Natural looking hair

Since the hair extension come from actual human beings, the hair extension looks more natural compared to synthetic hair extensions. Synthetic hair extensions can fade and look dry over time since they cannot be shampooed and properly maintained. With natural hair extensions, your friends will never know that what you have just an extension. With every occasion, they will be amazed at your new do. True enough, human hair extensions works like magic.

Can be styled and dyed

Another advantage of human hair extensions is that they can be styled and properly maintained which is the limitation of synthetic hair extension. When you choose a curly hair extension that is made of natural hair, you can curl it even more when you notice that it starts to limp and you can also apply blower on it just like your natural hair. You can also straighten it when you feel like it. With natural hair extension, you can use all the products that you normally use on your natural hair such as shampoo, conditioner and moisturizer. The only thing about natural hair extensions is that you need to moisturize it every after washing. Otherwise, the hair extension will become fragile and brittle. You also have to use gentle hair products to prevent the hair extension from getting damaged.

Longer lasting

The maximum number of months for synthetic hair extension is only three to six months. Whereas, human hair extensions can last up to 12 months or a maximum of 1 year, depending on how you take care of it.


The Success Of Digital Marketing

Every business is always facing certain challenges within its structure but none has proven to be as challenging as adapting to the digital world in order to meet the demands of the modern consumers. The business environment is now working hand and hand with the latest digital tools and keeping up with the trends. These changes come faster that some companies are not able to react as fast as others. Digitization has caused a great impact when it comes to the way people communicate, work as well as changes the way we purchase and sell products and services.

Digital changes can only be followed by large companies that are using these technologies in order to increase their outputs and lower the costs which are the most common challenge in many industries. Before the digital age, the companies are there to produce, the role of the media is to broadcast while consumers are there to consume. Due to the invention of these digital tools, media is not the only way to broadcast and everyone has the capacity to become a publisher.

Despite the drastic changes, traditional companies still stand a chance especially if they embrace their vision, make their customers the center of their business and perform necessary changes in their organizations in order to attract the attention of the consumers from different mediums. This way, traditional companies will be able to maintain their position, if not stronger.

Staying on brand is one of the key factors why digital marketing is proving to be a success. While many companies aim to create a content that will go viral, digital marketing aims to reach convert customers who already knows about the brand and encourage them to buy the products. By influencing a few numbers of people, they will be able to influence others and the cycle will go on.

One of the most common marketing strategies for business who are going digital nowadays is to aim for their content to go viral without thinking about their goal. Something may go viral but it does not guarantee that the company’s revenue will increase without understanding and setting a goal.