What Are The Most Common Plumbing Company Scams To Watch Out For?

Plumbing issues are never fun to look forward to, and unfortunately many of them are not something you see coming in advance. Most plumbers are honest professionals that do quality work at reasonable rates, but there are a number of scammers just waiting to prey on home and business owners and take advantage of them. In addition to reviewing businesses online and doing background checks on particular contractors, there are some common plumbing company scams to watch out for in particular.

One common plumbing company scam revolves around the materials they use. Some plumbing companies will tell their clients that they only use the absolute best materials, such as copper tubing or PEX piping that lasts at least a decade. They will charge the homeowner for these materials but then substitute in cheaper parts. You can beat this scam by asking the contractor for their parts list and then checking things out for yourself at a local hardware store.

When a plumbing crew comes in, ask questions about why each person is there and what their professional capacity is. Don’t let the company send an extra plumber or two just to run up the labor charges needlessly.

If your home is in a more affluent part of town, watch out for overcharging. Questionable plumbers have been known in the past to as much as double their normal hourly rates when they see nice cars in driveways, a pool in the backyard, or a premium television on the living room wall.

Get at least three quotes before having any project done. Your first quote might seem like a great price, but plumbing scammers do that to get in the door. Talking to at least three plumbers means one or two will not be scammers, and your instincts will tell you who the most reputable company is.

Is Vietnam Worth Going To?

Just a few years ago, Vietnam was first thinking of the Vietnam war, the misfortunes and horror and the political conditions that are not certain. But forty years later, fortunately, we do not notice anything of this disaster. Vietnam is a country of contrasts that has been divided for a long time and which today has significant differences between the north and the south. We underestimate the greatness of Vietnam. From north to south, it stretches for nearly 1650 kilometers, while its narrowest width from east to west is only 50 kilometers. The tropical south of the country is not differentiated only on the climactic point with the subtropical north where it can be very cold between December and April. The lifestyle and culinary flavors are different: to the south to Saigon, from its official name Hoi-Chi-Minh-City, the economic engine of the country, the food is much spicier, the inhabitants drink coffee and are generally very business-minded. The girls are also very keen for foreigners that you can read about here.

In the north, on the other hand, with Hanoi as its capital, people drink rather green tea and the daily life is more peaceful. These contrasts are a fascinating experience on any trip to Vietnam. Nature offers beautiful discoveries, from tropical forests in the north to lovely karstic islands, idyllic beaches, mountainous landscapes with many waterfalls and the huge Mekong Delta to the south. We drink rather green tea and the daily life is more peaceful. These contrasts are a fascinating experience on any trip to Vietnam. Nature offers beautiful discoveries, from tropical forests in the north to lovely karstic islands, idyllic beaches, mountainous landscapes with many waterfalls and the huge Mekong Delta to the south. we drink rather green tea and the daily life is more peaceful. These contrasts are a fascinating experience on any trip to Vietnam. Nature offers beautiful discoveries, from tropical forests in the north to lovely karstic islands, idyllic beaches, mountainous landscapes with many waterfalls and the huge Mekong Delta to the south.

Our favorites for Vietnam

“Vietnam for connoisseurs” – whether it’s a private boat in Halong Bay or dream accommodations chosen with care, this luxury tour takes you to a pleasant place to discover the country. company of a competent guide listening to your personal desires.

Phu Quoc Island full expansion has so far lost nothing of its charm. This is our favorite for a seaside holiday in Vietnam! It is served by direct flights from Saigon or can easily meet after a trip to the Mekong Delta from Can Tho. Palm-fringed beaches, gorgeous sunsets, and a great choice of hotels – from the comfy Cassi Cottage to the renowned La Veranda Resort to the JW Marriott JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa.

With our tour “Impressions of North Vietnam” go hiking, cycling or boating on the countryside. You will sleep in comfortable lodges, far from mass tourism. The program can also be extended with a two-day Halong Bay cruise. Thanks to the exceptional choice of the route, you will come across many fewer boats than on standard tours.

The imposing Mekong River, the artery of life in South-East Asia 4000 km long, exudes a magical power of attraction. During the mini-tour “The Magic of the Mekong Delta”, we accompany him on his last stop to the sea. Explore the fascinating labyrinth of waterways that cross the fertile land, sometimes on land, sometimes on the water, during a two-day cruise aboard the Mekong Eyes and in lovely hotels.

Tips for Cleaning Carpeting

So the other night I had some friends over for beers and lets just say the carpet took a beating.  The cleanup was not fun so I’m gunna give you some tips and tricks for easy and effective cleaning.

The Art of Maintaining Your Carpet

To clean a mat, just use soapy water. Even detergent will do. It degreases and removes stains. Remember to rinse the carpet foam and dry it properly. If you have a synthetic or cheap carpet, don’t worry. A simple regular passage of the vacuum cleaner should be sufficient to remove dirt. For pile carpeting, do not hesitate to suck in both directions, for better lift and to remove the dust.

However, when it is shaggy, remove the vacuum brush. It tends to break the fibers. It’s better to suck directly with the tip too. Or if you have major stains and want to play it safe, you can just hire a professional.

Common Mistakes

If you decide to include cheap or luxurious carpets in your spring cleaning, do not make these common mistakes.

– Never soak the carpet even if it’s just a car mat! Doing so may cause the colors to mix with each other.

– Always pre-test the household product on a small area, including white vinegar.

– Do not pour bleach, even a little with a sprayer. This is a very strong chemical which should be avoided completely.

carpetHow to Clean Very Dirty Carpets?

The technique of dry cleaning is best suited for wool carpets that need a simple refreshment. Cover the entire carpet in baking soda. Leave a minimum of one hour. Then use the vacuum cleaner without a brush. That’s it!

To clean a very dirty carpet, you have to be patient or hire a professional carpet cleaner. Obviously, a small car mat will be quicker to clean than a large area rug. Fill a basin of warm water. Add soap (or dishwashing liquid foaming too) and a few drops of ammonia. Spray with a pulverizer. Then take two clean washcloths and rub off all the dirt.

How to Remove Odors?

If there are odors from your carpet.  Maybe from (a dried wet carpet, pet urine …), only one solution exists! Simply sprinkle your carpet generously with baking soda. Leave it overnight and then vacuum it.

I personally hope that I never have to clean my carpets again as it’s a huge pain!


Trump Ramblings

trumpDonald Trump is the Republican candidate for the US presidential election. He will therefore need a running mate, a companion, someone who will stay with him smile during hard times. Here is a subjective guide of the potential running mates that were quoted in the press.

The People Who Might Help Him

Scott Brown

In theory, the former senator from Massachusetts is the nicer and brighter version of Trump. He is a distinguished and moderate Republican, who also knows how to speak to blue collar people, without necessarily rattling on Muslims and Mexicans. In practice, Scott Brown had a little trouble winning elections lately and seems relatively idle at this time. It could give a burst of respectability (which would be welcome) to Trump and, unlike him, he can boast of a real military experience.

chrisChris Christie

Unpopular in New Jersey and subjected to limiting the number of mandates that prevents imagine next year, the governor of “Bridgegate” has little to lose by getting involved with Trump. He is also willing to let the real estate magnate get into embarrassing situations, this as you might expect, is a major asset to Trump’s eyes. But without doubt he is also the most “serious” candidate likely to appear alongside Trump. You can say what you want to Christie, but he was prosecutor and governor of a densely populated state. Christie could be a sufficiently experienced asset to stabilize the office.

Bob Corker

On May 10, the senator from Tennessee was done waxing pumps by an “anonymous source” in Politico. From this source, Corkers experience in business is that he founded his own company and build-conformism, which would make him a good vice president. As consensual and fiercely conservative Republican and chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Senate, it is true that Corker would be a good option for Trump. He is also relatively old (63 years), popular in his home state, Tennessee, and could therefore do a great job.

Joni Ernst

The senator from Iowa, elected in 2015 under the banner of the Tea Party could appeal to Trump supporters who accuse him of not being a “real” Republican. In the end, some of his rightist positions could put off some of the voters which Trump will need to win the presidential election, but if it does it will not be harmful either.

rudyRudy Giuliani

According to the polls that I could find, the former mayor of New York has not completely lost his glowing reputation gained in the aftermath of Sept. 11, despite years of problematic decisions, electoral failures and bitter tone. Politically, he fits well with Trump and is known to be pugnacious on the issue of abortion and the rights of sexual minorities.

Rick Perry

The former Texas governor has made a big belly for president, but he has the kind of CV -a government experience, militaires- stripes that Trump likes. He also said the job of vice president interested him.

Jeff Sessions

The senator from Alabama has already agreed with the Trump campaign as an advisor for foreign policy and is not against the idea of accepting the position of vice president. His character is not boisterous, but he can count on the support of the conservative media and was the first senator to officially be appointed by Trump.

People Who Could Help but Wont

cageNicolas Cage

Widely regarded as the most admired man in America, Cage will bring seriousness and foresight to Trump, who badly needs it. Unfortunately for Trump, and the United States, Cage is now probably very busy and probably will not have time for the campaign.

Ben Carson

The good doctor remains in the heart of many Republican voters and might even succeed in subjugating a few trumpophobe diehards. Carson and Trump is the perfect match. Two ostensibly successful men who engage well against their policy, driven by the urgent need to save a country from the clutches of political correctness and incompetence of its leaders. The downside is that, like Trump, Carson is a pathological liar in series prone to exaggeration. A Trump-Carson ticket would be the most trumpienne possible alliance.


Susana Martinez

The Governor of New Mexico also has a big mouth and is not very insightful. In other words, in her style, she is a good trumpienne. She is also appreciated in her home state and she is a woman of Mexican descent, this is a big advantage for a candidate whose rate of opinions is favorable in women and non-whites. The big minus? She is clearly within the scope of a federal investigation for the sake of secret funding, which would not look the best if ever Trump seeks to criticize Hillary Clinton on the front of his troubles with the FBI.

As a Canadian I usually don’t get involved in US politics but I just couldn’t help myself here lol.