Clean Out the Gunk

by Keith Evans 08/11/2019

If you've lived in your home for very long, you know that lots of places collect dust, lint, grime, hair, fuzz and, well, gunk. Often, we become so busy in our daily lives that we neglect to remove the gunk until it causes a significant problem such as a clogged drain or even a fire in the dryer vent.

So, what to do? Get out the gunk, of course.

Put your gunk patrol on a schedule. Once every month, or more often if needed, check these areas and remove any debris built up there that can cause expensive calls to a plumber, electrician, or the fire department.

  • Vanity drains: In the bathrooms, the vanity drain collects hair, fuzz, slivers of soap and other junk that causes clogs. To clear the plug area, push the plunger in as far as it goes, reach into the drain area with tweezers and pull out any hair and slimy gunk hiding in there. New quick-release plugs with removable baskets make this job a snap. If the drain already has a clog, turn off the water access under the sink. Then gently remove the trap—the curved piece of pipe—to see if you can locate the clog there. If the trap is stuck, you’ll want to call in a plumbing professional.
  • Shower and tub drains: Similar to vanities, these drains clog with hair and other debris that washes down. Pull what you can from the upper side. If your shower grate has removable screws, you can loosen them and lift it off to access any clog. Tubs are more difficult because you cannot access the drain or the trap, so you may need to call a plumber for a plugged tub. To protect against this problem, place a hair screen (available at hardware stores) over the drain and clean it out daily.
  • Dryer lint hose: In the same way that lint builds up in the dryer lint trap, it also collects in the hose leading to the outside vent. Often, dryer hoses become kinked when pushing the dryer into place, so carefully pull out the unit and carefully unhook the hose from both the dryer side and the wall. Carry the hose outside and shake it out over a trash bin. Look through the hose to make sure you've removed all the collected lint. If necessary, use a bent wire coat hanger or broom handle to remove any lint you can't reach. Carefully replace the hose, making sure the clips are in place, and the hose remains un-kinked when you push back the dryer. Remember, built up lint causes more than just an inefficient dryer, it can also cause house fires.

Just a few moments each month can save a homeowner from tons of costly repairs. If you'd prefer to hire someone to take care of servicing these items for you, reach out to your real estate professional for a referral.

About the Author
Author

Keith Evans

 I am a Sales Vice President with William Raveis Real Estate in their Regional Office and lead a $25M+ mega agent sales team. I have successfully been involved in investing, buying, wholesaling, developing & selling thousands of Connecticut & New York properties for hundreds of millions of dollars. Known as a creditable "field lieutenant", I have a strong history as a leader who "rolls up his sleeves" and knows what it takes to get the job done. I am additionally the founder and Executive Producer of the media company Selling Connecticut, a podcast series that acts as an independent ambassador; promoting the reasons why people choose to live, work, build careers & businesses in this State.

Prior to joining William Raveis, I started a chain of Keller Williams Realty franchises throughout Connecticut and New York, developing and building four market centers with over 700 total sales agents. During my tenure I created many training programs and hosted daily training sessions in each market center.

Before to opening the doors at KW, I was Managing Director and an Equity Partner at Spencer Trask, a venture capital company in NYC. During this period I lead the spun-off 5 businesses from Fortune 10 companies, held 2 board seats of publicly traded companies and was the Corporate Secretary for Flight Safety.

At Realtor.com (Move), I was a founding member and Vice President of Sales. I was responsible for building their direct sales force of 175 sales reps and 14 district mangers. Unique during this period was the development a training seminar sales method that led to hundreds of thousands of real estate agents purchasing individual web pages; which helped the company attain a highly successful $2B IPO.

I have also held executive positions at IBM and Dun & Bradstreet. I hold a BA in Economics and currently reside with my family on Candlewood Lake in Connecticut.

Current real estate broker licensees in Connecticut and New York.