When hurricanes are in the forecast, homeowners worry about their roofs, windows and trees. But a home’s plumbing system will take a serious beating during the storm. Taking steps to protect your plumbing during a hurricane can help minimize the damage – and the clean-up after the storm.

1. Make Sure All Drains are Clear

Before the storm hits, remove any obstructions from storm drains to ensure that they can handle excess water runoff. Keeping these drains clear will also help relieve stress on pipes in water-logged soil.

“When a major weather event like hurricane Florence hits, your storm drains and pipes are doing double duty,” says VA Plumbing Pros. “Not only are they having to handle an excessive amount of water, they’re also dealing with the extra debris that large amounts of runoff wash down.”

Take the time to check all storm drains near your home and along curbs to ensure that they’re free of debris. Extra debris will put strain on these drains, so ensuring they’re clear before the storm will help relieve some of this stress.

2. Turn Off the Water

Locate your home’s main water valve, and turn it off before the storm. You don’t want to be outside searching for the main shut-off valve in the middle of a serious downpour. 

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Nothing says romance like the warm beaches and crystal clear waters of Hawaii. But with all the stress of planning the perfect wedding, mapping out your honeymoon might seem exhausting. With these expert tips, you’ll have the honeymoon ready in no time. 

The best time to go to Hawaii

If you are set on leaving right after the wedding, then you may not have much choice regarding the time of year that you go. But if you can choose, there are a few things you should know. You can usually get cheaper flights to Hawaii earlier in the year, but hotel rooms are a little cheaper later in the year, from about September through December. So, if saving money is your primary concern, check those rates for several dates that work for you. 

All the islands are most crowded during the second half of the year, so to avoid crowds, book your trip for a date before July. Hurricane season also hits around June and lasts until November, so watch the weather carefully if you do go during this time.

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We all deal with sink and drain clogs at some point, but many of us put the problem on the backburner until we’re taking a bath in the shower or the sink is so stopped up that washing your hands nearly floods the bathroom. 

Tackling the problem early on can save you money in the long-run, but taking steps to prevent clogs in the first place will save you frustration. Here are four tips to help keep your drains clean and clog-free.

1. Avoid Pouring Grease Down the Drain

Grease is the enemy of your home’s pipes. Have you ever left bacon grease or coconut oil on the counter? What happens when the oil cools? It congeals, or becomes a solid. The same thing happens when the oil makes its way down your pipes.

You may pour hot bacon grease down the drain, but eventually, that grease will cool and solidify in your pipes. Before you know it, you have a build-up of grease and grime that creates a clog in your kitchen sink. 

Instead of pouring oil and grease down the drain, toss it in the trash. Some people choose to save bacon grease in a coffee can or container for later use.

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Starting an online clothing store is something we often see on Instagram but rarely successfully executed. A significant reason for this is that most overlook designing their social experience from the ground up, beginning with what someone will see when they first visit your page to them getting to your website on checkout. That’s why we’re going to go over a few tips on how to launch your store, so it’s Instagram-ready. Check them out below:

Focusing On What You Stand For

One of the most significant parts of starting a clothing store that resonates on social is first knowing just what exactly you’ll be socializing about. While on a practical level your main purpose will be to pick clothes, photograph them, and try to sell them through your Instagram on an online shop, unfortunately, there are plenty of other stores trying to do the same. That’s not to say it isn’t a good idea, however, it’s important to know how what separates you from the crowd, which starts with what you stand for.

A big part of knowing what you stand for is first knowing what the core of your belief system is. To establish this, most companies write a brand mission, statement, or mantra, which is an outline of the core reasons why they’re in business in the first place. This statement is something a lot of customers seek out first; as noted by Vision Critical, 91 percent of customers want to follow brands they consider to be authentic in their posts. Take the time to map out your values as a clothing store, as this will guide your content.

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