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When the toilet's stopped up, you grab the plunger. If it's the sink, you might run some unclogging solution down with hot water. But some clogged piped won't clear. They get stopped up with gunk and debris that, over time, may work its way deep in the pipes. How do you power through that? Here are some practical ways to clear very clogged pipes.

1. Clear a Gunky, Smelly Drain

You remember the classic science project volcanoes, don't you? You can clear a smelly drain using the same fizzy principle, and it's just as fun to watch. For this method, you need:

  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • Now here's how do do it. 

    Step one: Sprinkle one cup of baking soda into the drain. Don't worry if it doesn't all go in. The vinegar will help.

    Step two: Pour in one cup of vinegar. The drain will fizz. The fizz will disinfect and remove odors while loosening stuck on oil and gunk for a smoother flow.

    2. Clean the P-trap

    If you drop a piece of jewelry down a kitchen or bathroom sink, this U-shaped part of your drain may catch it before it's gone forever. It can also harbor nasty clogs. Thankfully the trap is easy to remove. You need a wrench and a large bowl.

    Step one: Locate the P-trap under your sink. Remove items from the cabinet so you have room to work. Now, place the bowl beneath the trap.

    Step two: Unscrew the P-trap. It will have two connectors that simply screw off using a wrench.

    Step three: Carefully remove the P-trap and wash the inside using an outside hose or another sink. Don't forget to avoid the sink you removed it from. The water will go straight into the cabinet beneath. Yuck!

    Step four: Reposition to P-trap and screw it back on. Test the drain slowly to ensure the P-trap is secure.

    3. Remove the Bath Overflow & Snake It

    For this one, you need a screwdriver and drain snake. *Pro tip* Never snake from the drain. The pipes are curved. It's similar to the P-trap, so the snake will get stuck.

    Step one: Locate the screws on your tubs overflow prevention panel. In some baths, they will be in plain sight. Other manufacturers hide them under the overflow panel, so you may have to hunt for them.

    Step two: Unscrew and remove the panel. Now, work your drain snake slowly through the hole. Don't force it or the snake will bow and fold over itself instead of moving into the drain. 

    Step three: Once you reach a blockage, push through it so that the snake can grab it. Then start slowly pulling the snake back.

    If you try these methods, and still can't clear the clog, it may be deep in your piping system where you won't be able to reach without special tools. At that time, you should call a professional. For more home maintenance tips, follow our blog.


    This Single-Family in Westborough, MA recently sold for $250,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Katie McBride - RE/MAX Executive Realty.


    33 Cottage Street, Westborough, MA 01581

    Single-Family

    $295,000
    Price
    $250,000
    Sale Price

    5
    Rooms
    2
    Beds
    1
    Baths
    Quaint antique colonial on a side street in downtown Westborough. Open and great flow to this floor plan. Kitchen to dining room, then to living room. First floor also has full bath with stained glass window and room off the first floor bedroom which would work perfectly for a walk-in closet, in home office, small play room or additional bedroom. Furnace and water heater are 5 years old, and roof was replaced in 2009. Some windows replaced. Walking distance to shops and restaurants as well as Roche Brothers grocery store. This home needs work, however, has so much potential and is priced to be able to put that work in and end up with very nice home in a nice neighborhood. Price reflects work needed. Don't miss the wonderful side yard, the two-car garage and the shed! Basement has old stove/sink set up and side door to driveway. Worth a look! May be a fit for investors to update as well. All reasonable offers shall be considered.




    In the community of Upton, MA in the past month there have been 5 homes sold.  The average sale price of these homes was $443,680 and the homes were on the market an average of 137 days.  There have been 6 homes listed for sale during the past month in Hopkinton, MA.
     
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    When the number of buyers in the housing market outnumbers the number of homes for sale, it’s called a “seller’s market.” The advantage tips toward the seller as low inventory heats up the competition among those searching for a place to call their own. This can create multiple offer scenarios and bidding wars, making it tough for buyers to land their dream homes – unless they stand out from the crowd. Here are three reasons why pre-approval should be your first step in the homebuying process.

    1. Gain a Competitive Advantage

    Low inventory, like we have today, means homebuyers need every advantage they can get to make a strong impression and close the deal. One of the best ways to get one step ahead of other buyers is to get pre-approved for a mortgage before you make an offer. For one, it shows the sellers you’re serious about buying a home, which is always a plus in your corner.

    2. Accelerate the Homebuying Process

    Pre-approval can also speed up the homebuying process, so you can move faster when you’re ready to make an offer. In a competitive arena like we have today, being ready to put your best foot forward when the time comes may be the leg-up you need to cross the finish line first and land the home of your dreams.

    3. Know What You Can Borrow and Afford

    Here’s the other thing: if you’re pre-approved, you also have a better sense of your budget, what you can afford, and ultimately how much you’re eligible to borrow for your mortgage. This way, you’re less apt to fall in love with a home that may be out of your reach.

    Freddie Mac sets out the advantages of pre-approval in the My Home section of their website:

    “It’s highly recommended that you work with your lender to get pre-approved before you begin house hunting. Pre-approval will tell you how much home you can afford and can help you move faster, and with greater confidence, in competitive markets.”

    Local real estate professionals also have relationships with lenders who can help you through this process, so partnering with a trusted advisor will be key for that introduction. Once you select a lender, you’ll need to fill out their loan application and provide them with important information regarding “your credit, debt, work history, down payment and residential history.”

    Freddie Mac also describes the ‘4 Cs’ that help determine the amount you’ll be qualified to borrow:

    1. Capacity: Your current and future ability to make your payments
    2. Capital or Cash Reserves: The money, savings, and investments you have that can be sold quickly for cash
    3. Collateral: The home, or type of home, that you would like to purchase
    4. Credit: Your history of paying bills and other debts on time

    While there are still many additional steps you’ll need to take in the homebuying process, it’s clear why pre-approval is always the best place to begin. It’s your chance to gain the competitive edge you may need if you’re serious about owning a home.

    Bottom Line

    Getting started with pre-approval is a great way to begin the homebuying journey. Let’s get together today to make sure you’re on the fastest path to homeownership.



    4 Kimball Road, Hopkinton, MA 01748

    Single-Family

    $809,000
    Price

    13
    Rooms
    4
    Beds
    3/1
    Full/Half Baths
    Welcome to this elegantly situated colonial w/classic curb appeal in desirable Springwood Estates. Enter your new home through mudroom or via granite front steps into a spacious hardwood foyer. Granite countertops grace the spacious kitchen w/SS appliances, double oven & lots of space. Step from the kitchen to the formal dining room, or to the tiled sunroom w/ceiling fan for summer enjoyment. The warm & inviting family room, also off kitchen, features a stone fireplace for those cold winter evenings. Work from home in comfort in office adjoining the living room. Upstairs, you will find a beautiful master suite complete w/sitting room, closet space galore, and a stunning, recently renovated master bathroom. Three additional bedrooms and a bath complete the second floor. The finished basement offers flex space for a workout area or game room, plus the added feature of a cedar closet. So much space for everyone! Large, level back yard complete with a pool. Top rated schools!!
    Open House
    Saturday
    February 08 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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    Location: 4 Kimball Road, Hopkinton, MA 01748    Get Directions

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