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4 Tips for Emergency Toilet RepairsIf your toilets floods the costs of repair can be enormous.  If the flood happens after hours, as they normally do, most plumbers charge an after hour fee ranging from $150- $250 and increase rates by 50%. For instance, McGill Plumbing in FL, charges $95 an hour from 8 am to 5 pm and $135 all other times. In addition to the fee, clean up costs can be upwards to $12,000 or more depending on the damage. Most homeowners don’t even calculate the costs associated with replacing drywall, carpet, wood flooring or painting.  Experts recommend having a trusted plumber in mind before your hour of need.  This will prevent being scam or spotty workmanship.

4 Tips for Emergency Toilet Repairs

Many toilet-related emergencies are the result of smaller preventable problems that go undetected, are ignored or are the result from flushing items that should be discarded in the trash. Even items that are labeled “flushable” should go in the trash.  If you own a home, you should know where the main shut-off valve is located. Plumbers often have stories about “treasures” they find while on call. Some of the strangest things fished out of toilets include: animals (dead and alive), dentures and food scraps.

The one thing most plumbers recommend to homeowners is: Know where your main shut off valve is located!  Knowing the location of the main water line can prevent a bad problem from turning into nightmare. In most homes the main water valve is located in the basement or utility room.

4 Tips for emergency toilet repairs

Stop the Flow. If your toilet is leaking or overflowing the first thing you should do is shut off the water. For most toilets the shut off valve is usually located behind the toilet.  If shutting off the valves does not stop the water, turn off the main water supply to your home. Once the water is cut off, call the plumber.

Do the smart thing. Before you hire a plumber, ask for pricing in advance. You should also decide if this is truly an emergency, is not, wait until regular business hours to call the plumber. Be very mindful of high pressure tactics, shop around and hire a trusted plumber.

Perform maintenance and minor repairs. Making minor repairs should as replacing old fill valves will keep a toilet from running continuously. You can also hire a plumber to fix small leaks before they turn into floods.

Only use toilet paper.  Flush only toilets paper down toilets.  Even products that are described as flushable such as some feminine products and wipes should be discarded in the trash.

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 Before I list the 4 essential things you need to know about internet cookies, first lets define internet cookies and their uses. An internet cookie is a small text based file a website places on your computer. Once installed, they collect information about the websites you visit and the activities you perform on those sites.  Some cookies allow sites to remember account information such as the username to log into your cable account, items you place in a shopping cart while shopping online and any customization you do on the site. Generally speaking there are two types of internet cookies: Single and multi session.

 Types of internet cookies:

Single –Session cookies which I will refer to as friendly cookies, get deleted immediately after your session ends. They help with page navigation and most likely your web browser accepts them by default.  I deemed these cookies friendly since no personal identifiable information can be collected. 

On the other hand, multi-session or persistent cookies can collect identifiable information and can track and store your online activity.  So why are internet cookies important to websites?

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Nowadays, it’s all about BIG DATA.  Big data consistent of the sites you visit, words typed into a search engine, the type of web browser you use, purchases you make, your activity on  social media  and blogs  visit etc.  Cookies store some of this information. It is just one of the many ways companies track your data footprint. Once this information is collected from millions of online users, companies can sell or use this information to tailor online advertisements and find new users trends.

Yes, cookies are convenient for the user who finds it difficult to type his or her username when logging into a frequently used site. And they save preferences like font size and background color but in doing so may violate your privacy rights.  If you would like to see the cookies stored on your machine click the following link:

How do I manage internet cookies for internet explorer, safari and firefox?

Tip: Delete your internet cookies at least once a week!

So, here are the 4 Essential things you need to know about internet cookies:

  1. There are two types of internet cookies, single-session and persistent. Cookies have the ability to store personalized information and help with page navigation. Persistent cookies usually have an expiration date and can be manually deleted. Single-session cookies are automatically deleted when your browser session ends.
  2.  Persistent cookies can track demographic information and web surfing habits of a users. This information can be sold for marketing purposes.
  3. Cookies are not dangerous to your computer, but there is an ongoing debate on whether some cookies violate users’ privacy.
  4. You can enable and disable your computer from using cookies by managing your browser settings.

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3 Tips for the unsuccessful bloggerBlogging, like any other artistic venture takes time, patient and a little self-motivation in order to get it just right. Of course, there are some who are naturally talented and creating a comprehensive, cohesive post is almost an after thought. Then there is me—the blogger who has a little to say about a lot of things. The blogger who disparately wants to stay cool and relevant in the tech world, but has no idea on how to get her blog noticed by other people besides her co-workers.

So for all you unsuccessful bloggers out there, here are 3 tips on how you can improve your blog:

Use creative titles. Catchy titles are the most effective way to get a reader interested in reading your blog. For instance, let’s compare these titles: Several reasons why social media makes us less social vs 3 Reasons why social media sucks! Title number one is OK. It gives the reader an understanding of what the post is about but there is no pizzazz. Title number two is direct, it displays passion and reader knows the author will present three cases.

Post, Post, Post.  Why write a blog, if you are not willing to update it? I recommend posting at least once a week. This  will keep your blog relevant in the search engine databases. Make sure you keep your posts focused and that they contain enough information to cover at least one topic.

Tell everyone.  If you want people to read your blog you have to let them know it’s there to read. Link your blog to your social media sites, such as facebook, twitter or Linkin. Read and leave comments on other blogs that are of interest to you. When leaving comments tactfully mention that you also have a blog that may interest the author.

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