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New Rooter-Man Franchise Opens in Sarasota, FL

Rooter-Man, the #1 national plumbing and drain cleaning franchise, is happy to announce a new service location in Sarasota, FL. The new franchise is under the ownership of local residents the Allard Family and is a full service plumbing and drain cleaning company. Rooter-Man is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Rooter-Man in Sarasota, FL is an expansion of Rooter-Man of Tampa Bay, a company that has been servicing Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough counties for ten years. Rooter-Man also services all surrounding communities, and takes pride in providing the best customer service you will find in the industry. Whether you are in need of routine maintenance, or you require emergency plumbing repairs, Rooter-Man of Tampa Bay is here to assist you!

“We are happy to see Peter Allard’s business flourish” said Donald MacDonald, CEO and founder of the Rooter-Man Franchise. “The Allard family has provided top of the line Rooter-Man services for 10 years and are able to solve any of your drain cleaning and plumbing needs”.

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 Sarasota, FL contact the Allard family at (914) 584-4458 or visit http://rooterman.com/sarasota-fl/

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How to keep your shower tiles clean

Just like bathtubs, shower tiles can get dirty and stained due to the impurities present in the water and constant exposure to soaps and detergent. You should clean tiles on a regular basis so that their shine is intact for a long time.

Tiles are usually made of ceramic and you should use special cleaning agents such as commercial cleaners or vinegar for cleaning purposes. There are certain products that work best for the tiles and some which do not, so try a few and see what works best for you. Also, there are many different types of stains which require different cleaning materials and brushes. Some tough stains may also require a pumice stone for scrubbing purposes. As shower tiles are always in contact of water, hard water stains may be prevalent which can also be removed with the help of common household items like vinegar and lime.

Steps to clean your shower tiles

  • Rinse the tiles with water: Before you start to clean the shower tiles, it is recommended that you rinse the tiles with water. You can do it with the help of the shower or a bucket of water. Rinsing will remove all superficial dirt from the tiles.
  • Apply the cleaning agent: After the tiles are rinsed, you can apply cleaning agents like Vinegar and commercial tile cleaners and leave it on the surface of the tile for a few minutes. The instructions mentioned on the cleaner and can be followed for better results.
  • Brush the tiles: For removing tough stains, the tiles should be brushed with a scrubber. You can also try using an old toothbrush for cleaning the small grooves between the tiles for thorough cleaning.
  • Wash and rinse the tiles again: After the stains have been worked on, the tiles can be rinsed and dried!
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Learn how to remove bathtub stains

The water that we use for bathing and other purposes may contain many types of impurities which results in bathtub and fixture stains. Especially, when the bath accessories are white, these stains are clearly visible. The most common impurity found in water that causes these stains is iron. Water with high levels of iron creates an unsightly yellow-orange color stain. Once these stains are on the bathtub, it becomes difficult to remove them. Normal cleaning does not remove the stains, and it requires special chemicals and cleaning agents for the purpose. Calcium impurities present in water can also cause staining of the bathtub and if your bathtub is not white, these white stains are clearly visible. You can prevent these stains by adding a filter to your water tank so that the water is cleaned and purified before coming to the taps in the bathroom.

If your bathtub is already stained you can use special cleaning agents to remove these stains. It is important to note that the cleaning method to remove stains from your bathtub depends on the cause.

  • Before you use any cleaning agent, know the material which your bathtub is made of- Porcelain, Enamel, or Acrylic.
  • Cleaning agents and ways to clean are different for different types of bathtubs.

Methods of removing stains from different types of bathtubs

  • Porcelain: If your bathtub is made up of porcelain, use abrasive powders such as Comet or Ajax for cleaning by applying the powder and a little bit of water to the stain. Then scrub the stain with the rougher side of a sponge or scouring pad. In case of tough stains, you can also use pumice stones to scrub with.
  • Enamel: When the bathtub is made of enamel, the cleaning agent used will be commercial bathroom or surface cleaners that are commonly available in any supermarket. As long as they do not contain bleach, they can be quite effective in removing stains from the bathtub.
  • Acrylic: Acrylic bathtubs are most prone to stains and require frequent cleaning. Dishwasher liquid and/or vinegar can be used as cleaning agents. For effective cleaning, you must leave the cleaning agent on the stain for 30 minutes and then use a soft sponge or soft brush as a scrubber. Avoid using scouring pads or pumice stone on acrylic because it will easily scratch!

Bathtubs easily catch stains due to water impurities. You can use various cleaning agents to remove the stains depending on the material of the bathtub. Prevention is better than cleaning, if you need a water filter or water softener installed in your home or business give Rooter-Man a call today at 800-700-8062

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Avoid plumbing emergencies during the holidays

The holiday season means happy times with your family and the people who are closest to you. Entire tables full of great food and a merry time is had by all. A clogged drain, or a busted disposal can ruin this happy moment. However, it takes little to keep the plumbing in your home working smoothly, and yet a simple problem can cause it to go kaput. Learn with Rooter-man how to avoid plumbing emergencies during the holidays, so that you have an amazing time this year.

What causes plumbing problems to increase?

When a plumbing system that is designed to be used by a single family is stressed by a lot more people, it naturally gets overburdened. Sometimes this load is enough to break something.

For your kitchen

Follow the best practices for your disposal that came along with the installation. Dispose food in small pieces, start the blades before putting food in, and keep the water running. Keep the cooking oil and grease out of the drainage, and throw it in the garbage instead.

For your bathroom

Try to keep a time of 10-15 minutes between each shower. This way, even if your home has older plumbing which is slow, the water will drain properly before the next person gets in. This way each guest will also be able to get hot water, since the water heater will have had some chance to recover in this time.

Prevention is indeed better

Emergency calls to us and fellow plumbers go through the roof during the holidays, and you do not want to be stuck in this position during what should be a joyous occasion. If you notice any plumbing problems now, its best to take care of them before you have lots of guests to your home. However, if you do experience any problems over the holidays Rooter-Man is always available to quickly come to the rescue and we can solve whatever plumbing problems you may have! Give us a call anytime at (866) 577-1221