3 Shower Mistakes to Avoid

You aren’t necessarily a pro just because you’ve been showering regularly since you were a kid. In fact, there is a pretty good chance that you are making shower mistakes that could have negative impacts on both your body and your plumbing system. Check out these common shower mistakes and find out why you should start breaking these bad habits right away.

Common Shower Mistakes

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Leaving Your Loofah Hanging in the Shower

Do you leave your loofah hanging up in your shower for months on end? If so, you could be scrubbing yourself down with bacteria. Your shower’s damp environment provides the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Instead of leaving your loofah in the shower, hang it to dry in an area that is free from moisture.

Letting Hair Go Down the Drain

When you shower, you lose a lot of hair. That hair falls to the shower floor, and if you aren’t careful, it ends up in your drains. While a few strands of hair may not seem like a big deal, they build up over time and form clogs that can be difficult to get rid of. Save yourself a lot of hassle by investing in a drain cover that’s designed to keep stray hair from shower drains.

Taking Super Long, Hot Showers

We know everyone loves a long, hot shower from time to time. It’s a great way to relax after a long day or to warm yourself up on a chilly winter morning. Unfortunately, taking showers that are too long and hot can cause itchy, dry skin. Long showers also result in a lot of wasted water. Cranking up the water temperature in a poorly ventilated bathroom ups your risk of mold as well. Take care of your skin, lower your water bill, and keep mold at bay by sticking to moderately warm, 5-10-minute showers.

If you need help with your home’s bathroom plumbing, contact Larry & Sons today. From drain cleaning to bathroom remodeling, we do it all!


How to Avoid Christmas Plumbing Catastrophes

With Christmas just a few short days away, the last thing any homeowner wants to deal with is a plumbing catastrophe. Whether you are hosting a houseful guests or just enjoying a quiet holiday at home with your immediate family, there are several things you can do to prevent plumbing problems this holiday season. Keep reading to discover how you can avoid Christmas plumbing nightmares.

Preventing Bathroom Plumbing Problems

Your bathroom will likely see increased use this holiday season, especially if you are hosting guests. Encourage those guests not to use your toilet as a trash can by placing a small bin in the bathroom. Remind young children that nothing should ever be flushed other than human waste and toilet paper.

Make sure there is a plunger in each bathroom. They made dealing with minor clogs a breeze and can help you avoid a visit from a plumber.

Install screens in shower and tub drains to catch hair and prevent it from entering your pipes.

Space out baths and showers to avoid running out of water. You may also want to consider turning the temperature up a few degrees to help avoid running out of hot water. Just remember not to

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turn it up to scalding temperatures.

Avoiding Kitchen Catastrophes

Your kitchen is the other room that likely sees increased use during the holiday season. If you have a garbage disposal, remember to avoid putting in fibrous foods, bones, grease and non-food items. Flush with cold water after each use.

Never pour grease, oil or fat down your drains. Doing so is a good way to cause disgusting clogs that can really put a damper on your day.

Install a screen on your sink drain. This prevents non-food items from finding their way into your drains and causing clogs.

Christmas Plumbing Repair

If you need plumbing repair this holiday season, Larry & Sons is always here to help. We will have technicians on call throughout the season – including on Christmas Day – to handle plumbing emergencies. From the entire team at Larry & Sons to you, we would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

How to Unclog a Bathroom Sink

Is your bathroom sink putting a “drain” on you and your routine? Don’t want to spend a lot of money on a plumber? Depending on the seriousness of your drain, you’ll be able to fix most sink clogs in fifteen minutes or less.

Unclog Bathroom Sink

For bathroom sinks with stoppers, we’ve found that the stopper is often the cause of the clog. The pop-up stopper creates a perfect obstruction area for hair and other material to get trapped.

Before your bathroom clog turns into a cesspool, learn how to fix a slow-draining bathroom sink by taking out and cleaning the pop-up stopper. It involves getting a little dirty, so get your rubber gloves out, and these other items:

Materials – rubber gloves, bent wire hanger, bucket/container (to catch excess water), and pliers (if necessary)

Clear Bathroom Drain

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Clean out everything underneath your sink so that you can access the piping area. Place a container underneath the piping. After everything is clear for you to work, you’re going to need to disconnect the pop-up stopper mechanism. Let’s take a look!


Before getting underneath the sink, raise the stopper lever fully so that the stopper is all the way closed and sealed. Underneath the sink, behind the main pipe running from your sink, you can see where the pop-up stopper mechanism is connected. It is a horizontal pivot rod that is connected to the clevis strap (has many holes in it for height adjustments).

Disconnect the metal arm (or clevis strap) by bending the small piece of metal (spring clip) holding it in place. The spring clip keeps the clevis strap in place and allows you to adjust the height of your stopper mechanism.


After freeing the pivot rod from the clevis strap, you can loosen the pivot rod from the pipe with your hand. If you can’t do it by hand, then a pair of pliers should do the trick. Stick a pan/bucket/tupperware underneath the pipes so that when you unscrew the pivot rod with the ball seal at the end (hidden in the pipe area) water will fall into your container and not all over the cabinet/floor.

After disconnecting the pivot rod, the plastic pop-up stopper should be free to pull out, allowing you to pull it up and out of the sink. But before you pull the stopper out, put on your rubber gloves, because it is about to get gross. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.


Pull the stopper out and clean it off in a different sink. Do NOT turn on the sink you are unclogging! Clean all parts with rubbing alcohol or a bleach solution. Put the clean stopper aside as you grab your metal hanger and bend it into a hook shape. Get deep inside the pipe with the hanger and pull out as much gunk as you can. You can use an old toothbrush to clean the sides of the pipe.

You might also be able to pull some hair gunk through the hole where you took the pivot rod from. If you think that there is a clog in the P-bend of the pipe, you can go ahead and unscrew the P-bend and clear out any obstructions that might be there; however, simply cleaning out the stopper will fix most bathroom sink clogs.

You can also remove the P-bend if you prefer to remove the clog down through the pipe instead of up and out through the sink bowl.


Put everything back together again. After reassembling all of the pieces, while you are down there, inspect everything for leaks and corrosion.

If you notice a problem much bigger than a mere sink stopper clog, call Larry & Sons at (301) 733-5428!

If you are looking for a versatile, natural, and economical drain cleaner solution, we recommend using Bio-Clean. A combination of bacteria and enzymes work together to break down and digest materials in your drains and pipes. Call us for more information!

Don’t forget to check out our maintenance plan; we provide fall and spring HVAC tune-ups, provide 15 % off all repairs, and much more!

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Frederick, MD Bathroom Remodeling Guide: What to Consider Prior to Bathroom Remodeling

Contractor Planning Bathroom Remodel in Frederick

If you’re considering a bathroom remodeling project in your home, there are some things you should consider prior to starting the project. As one of the most important rooms in the home, your bathroom requires the cooperation of various elements: carpentry, plumbing, electrical, HVAC. Because it’s one of the smallest of your living spaces, it needs careful planning. In this post, we’d like to run you through several important aspects of the pre-installation phase. For more information, or to schedule a professional consultation for your Frederick, MD bathroom remodeling project, contact the experts at Larry & Sons today!

  • Budget: Knowing what your budget is can be bracing, but it’s also an essential aspect of the remodel. Both you and your contractor need to know exactly what the limitations of your project are. Not only does this make financial sense, but it will also help you allocate the resources in advance. It may even assist you with some design choices. Because of the range of new appliances and bathroom renovation options, your budget will help you narrow down the list, and help you negotiate between what you want and what you can afford.
  • Research: Whether you like it or not, your new bathroom will have a “style.” Defining the look of your new bathroom should be done in consultation with a professional, but you can start today by buying some interior design magazines and taking out some design books from the library. Check with your local remodeling contractor to see if he has any manufacturer brochures available.
  • Energy efficiency: Remodeling your bathroom is a great time to make sure that you improve your energy efficiency. Installing energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs, low-flow showerheads and faucets, and a low-flush toilet is a great way to make a positively impact on your energy bill.
  • Hire a professional: Bathroom remodeling is a big job that needs professional quality. Don’t waste time with an amateur. Make sure you hire a certified bathroom remodeling contractor so that your home looks great.

We hope this brief list helps you prepare for your exciting new renovation. For Frederick, MD bathroom remodeling services, contact the experts at Larry & Sons today!