Help! I dropped my phone in the toilet!!

It is now an established fact that people don’t go anywhere without their smartphone, not even the toilet. Anyone can see that using a phone when you visit the bathroom can become recipe for disaster, and yet over 60% of people use their phone for entertainment or to keep busy while in the restroom. According to a recent survey conducted by SurveyMonkey, this leads to 9% of phones in the bathroom being dropped in the toilet!

So what do you do when you have dropped the phone in the toilet? Follow these simple instructions to to save your phone and avoid an expense.

  1. Take it out- to avoid phone water damage, get it out of the bowl as soon as possible. Grab it if possible or make use of latex gloves to get it out as soon as possible. Don’t start cleaning it just yet, the next thing to do is to turn it off and take the battery out.
  2. Dry it- grab some paper towels and try to dry it as best you can. Keep the battery separate and take out your sim-card and memory card, if they are accessible. Don’t try to turn the phone on, because it would be a huge risk to do so.
  3. Vacuum- use a vacuum to get any remaining droplets of water out of the phone. Some people think that blow drying it is a better option, but that would be a mistake. A hair dryer can drive the moisture further into the phone. When using the vacuum, the distance between the phone and nozzle should be carefully measured, because it can create static electricity if it gets too close.
  4. Don’t Heat it up- don’t use a heater or any other kind of electronic device to heat the phone up, this will only fry the circuits of the phone.
  5. Use Rice- the best way to get every bit of moisture out of the phone is to place it in the middle of a rice mound for up to 12 hours or more. The rice will soak up all the water. You can also put the phone’s battery in there as well.

After you have done all of this, keep the phone off for one more day – reinsert the battery in the phone and turn it one after 24 hours. If you have taken all the precautions above, the phone should turn on without showing any ill effects being dropped in the toilet. If the phone gets out of your reach in the toilet bowl, then call a plumber to rescue it. There will be less hope for the phone, but at least there won’t be any expensive clogs in the plumbing.

shower head guide

Shower Head Buying Guide

You might be thinking that buying a shower head is no big deal, right? All you need to do is find out what kind of head (dimension wise) your shower takes and go to a hardware store and there you have it!

Actually, there’s more to buying a shower head than one would think. Once you get inside the store, you’ll see multiple choices of different kinds of shower heads displayed. Which one is the best choice? The most expensive one, the least expensive one, the one in the middle price range, or the one with a million features?

Well, here’s a small guide to help you get through the hassle of finding that perfect shower head for your bathroom.

A Good Shower Head:

  • Have a consistent and powerful stream of water flow: It should say on the pack or box how fast the water stream is.
  • User friendly. Adjusting a shower head shouldn’t take you an hour or even fifteen minutes. You either have to spin the adjusting roller or press the button for the type of stream you want
  • Saves Water: Nowadays shower heads are designed to save water and use less for more. The pack or box will let you know if its a water saver and the one with the fastest stream.
  • Easy Installation: Again, this shouldn’t take you more than fifteen minutes, because good shower heads come with easy installation and maintenance.
  • Longer lifespan: If the shower head starts leaking or breaking down in a month, it needs to be returned. Get one that will last for at least 2-3 years.

What Kind Am I Looking For?

Know these questions before heading out for a showerhead because it might make or break your budget

  • Looking for a handheld or a stationary shower head? Handheld shower heads are more mobile than stationary. Mostly used in standing showers, but can be used in tubs as well. They can be used like a stationary shower head but when needed can be taken off from their racks and used freely like washing the enclosed area, or giving baths to children and pets. Fixed showerheads have their own advantages as they last longer.
  • Water stream flow preferences: If you require a massaging stream, make sure it is written on the box. The more flow options, the more expensive the showerhead will be.

Should I Consider Repiping My House?

If the question, Should I repipe my house? Is on your mind and you need an answer, make sure you know the benefits and requirements of repiping.

There are various systems that make a house function properly. What looks like a structure made of brick and mortar actually has a lot of other things that support the life of the people who reside in the house. Water supply and sewerage are two of those systems which are tremendously important. There is an extensive network of pipes which run across the house to supply the water at required points and a separate network of pipes which is responsible for removing the waste water. Over the years, the pipes get damaged due to regular inflow and outflow of water.


Repiping is the process of replacing a section of pipes or the entire network of pipes for incoming or outgoing water lines. One leading cause to repipe a house are pipe leaks such as: galvanized pipe leaks, or concrete slab leaks from copper pipes. Another leading cause to repipe a house is to eliminate rusty water that is used for drinking, showering, and laundry.

The Cost

There are many plumbing experts which can help you in this regard, but make sure that you get it done by reputed people in business and not by the ones who are only to crank out the money from your pocket by giving false suggestions. The cost that you would incur will depend on the size of the house and the spread of the pipe network. The factor that most influences the cost of repiping is the cost of local materials.

Tips for getting your home repiped

If you are asking this question to yourself, Should I repipe my house? The best answer will be provided by the experts. If you have been experiencing some problems in the pipes of your home, including seepage, you should contact the plumbing experts here at Rooter-Man and get your pipes inspected because we are the best people who can offer the best suggestions.

If you have been experiencing frequent clogging of the pipes and other related issues, it is advisable to get your home’s pipes inspected. You can get the estimated cost from the experts and whether the entire network of the pipes needs to be changed or the just a small portion of it.


Rooter-Man of Memphis Earns 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Rooter-Man of Memphis has earned the plumbing industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.

“We are proud to be continuing the Rooter-Man tradition of “Super Service” and being recognized by Angie’s list for it” said Brian McLaughlin. “We have been advertising on Angie’s list since mid 2012 and have won the Super Service award for 2013 and 2014. We will do our best to get it every year!”

“Only about 5 percent of the plumbing companies have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

About Rooter-Man:

Rooter-Man provides an array of plumbing and drain cleaning services to homeowners, realtors, municipalities, and commercial/industrial complexes. The company was founded over 43 years ago by Donald MacDonald and is based in Billerica, Massachusetts. Rooter-Man is currently ranked the #1 plumbing franchise with nearly 450 service locations throughout North America. Each Rooter-Man location is locally owned and operated, and has been carefully awarded the right to provide service under the Rooter-Man brand name.

For more information on Rooter-Man of Memphis, TN contact the McLaughlin Family at (901) 681-0888 or visit