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Five Tips to Decrease the Odds of Needing a Plumber


In 2019, roughly one-quarter of homeowners needed to hire a plumber. This work
is not cheap. The average cost is $230 for repairing a clogged drain and $1,175 for
installing new pipes. Here are five tips to decrease your odds of needing a plumber.

 Keep out fats, oils, and grease. Pouring any of these down the sink is a major
cause of clogs.

 Protect your toilet. Don’t flush wipes, napkins, or feminine hygiene products.

 Defend your drains with a strainer in sinks and tubs to catch hair and other
drain-clogging debris.

 Try a plumbing probiotic. An enzyme drain cleaner keeps food, soap scum
and organic waste from sticking to pipe walls.

 Coffee grounds, bones, and eggshells should stay out of the garbage disposal.
But eggshells are a particular threat; the thin membrane on the inside can get
lodged in the disposal’s impeller.


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About Emilie

A transplant from the Pacific Northwest, Emilie has first-hand knowledge of the ins-and-outs of first-time home ownership and remodeling. She has become involved in the local art community and all the diversity Southern California has to offer and more recently has expanded her knowledge to include New Mexico.

Emilie’s passion to be involved in her community led her to become a licensed Realtor and Broker.  She continues to educate herself on different aspects of real estate to support clients with a variety of needs.  She is certified as a Military Relocation Professional (MRP) to work with U.S. Service families and veterans to find affordable housing solutions.

Having worked for both a small boutique firm and a company with a global presence, in 2023 she formed Emilie Broughton Real Estate to work with buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants in California and New Mexico.

Splitting her time between the Land of Enchantment and the Golden State, Emilie focuses on Los Angeles County and the Greater Albuquerque metro area, helping her clients achieve their real estate goals in both Mountain and Pacific Time Zones.

Emilie represented her region as a California Real Estate State Director for three years.  She has served as President of the Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors and is a multi-year recipient of the Five-Star Real Estate Professionals Award for the outstanding service she provides to her clients.

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