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The Plumbing Backs Up

More people in your house means more food down the kitchen sink and more flushes in the bathroom. In fact, the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for plumbers. But you don't need to pay premium rates for a pro if you bone up on a few skills.

Before the heavy cooking starts, give your kitchen drains a quick, natural cleaning with a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar. (It's a good idea to do this once a week, and it's much better for your pipes than chemical drain cleaners). But if it's the bathroom where you expect trouble, find out How to Clear a Clogged Toilet. And just in case the stoppage is elsewhere (shower or sink), read up on How to Clear Any Clogged Drain.

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