Five Warning Signs of Serious Plumbing Concerns

As a homeowner, you’ve probably handled your
share of inconvenient plumbing messes. From cleaning toys of the toilet
to waking up to a cold shower, there are plenty of situations that an
experienced repair person can resolve on their own. However, there are
several situations that should lead you to call in an expert. It isn’t
always the work that’s complicated but the potential for hidden dangers
that is the difference between DIY and professional repairs.

1. Slow-Moving Drains

These early warning signs could be an indication of a simple clog to
pipes that are full of buildup. There may even be trouble with the
grading of the drainage system. Don’t underestimate the amount of
trouble that could be hiding within your plumbing system. Worn pipes,
deeply buried clogs, tree roots, and similar situations could become
very expensive if they aren’t spotted in their early stages.

2. Frequently-Occurring Clogs

There are several drains throughout the home that are easily clogged
when hair, pasta, and inappropriate items are washed into the pipes. You
can avoid a lot of trouble by monitoring what goes into the drains and with consistent maintenance.
If, however, you are constantly working on a clogged drain in the
shower, it’s time to call a professional. It may be that you just aren’t
getting the entire clog, or maybe there is trouble further down the
line.

3. Multiple Drains Clogged at Once

If, one day, you realize that the kitchen sink is clogged and so are
the sinks and tubs in the bathroom, don’t waste any time in contacting a
plumber. These clogs indicate that something is going on deep within
the drain system. Neither plungers nor chemicals can reach that far, and
chemical drain cleaners may actually cause further damage.

4. Bad Smells

The unpleasant odors associated with sewer systems should never come
from any of the drains in your home. If you do notice any of these
smells, there may be debris and pollutants built up causing the stink,
or there could be broken sewer pipes. In a worst-case scenario, there
may be problems forcing sewage back into your home.

5. Overflows and Flooding

These are probably some of the worst situations you can face with
your plumbing system. Whether there’s standing water in the basement
near a floor drain or water gushing from a toilet, the potential for
damages is high. Act quickly to avoid contact with contaminated water.
First, turn off the main water supply to the home. Second, contact a
professional who is qualified to provide drain repair services.

There are plumbing situations you can probably handle on your own.
When you recognize early warning signs of trouble, don’t take chances.
Calling a professional at the right moment could help you prevent much
more expensive cleanup and repairs.

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Playing it safe. Jussie Smollett, who was attacked in an apparent hate crime that left him hospitalized in Chicago on Tuesday, January 29, has canceled a scheduled meet and greet with fans in L.A. over safety concerns, TMZ reports.

According to the outlet, ticket-holders for the Empire actor’s show at the Troubadour on Saturday, February 2, received an email informing them that Smollett would not be appearing for the meet and greet portion of the show.

“Jussie is so honored to perform for his fans, friends and family on Saturday night,” the email read. “However, please forgive us. For security reasons we cannot accommodate any meet & greets. Your meet & greet upgrade can either be refunded, or donated to the Black AIDS Institute in your name … Thank you for understanding and thank you for your continuous love and support.”

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Earlier on Friday, the Marshall star, 35, spoke out about the attack for the first time. “Let me start by saying that I’m OK. My body is strong but my soul is stronger. More importantly I want to say thank you. The outpouring of love and support from my village has meant more than I will ever be able to truly put into words,” he said in a statement to Essence on Friday, February 1.

The actor continued: “I am working with authorities and have been 100 percent factual and consistent on every level. Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served. As my family stated, these types of cowardly attacks are happening to my sisters, brothers and non-gender conforming siblings daily. I am not and should not be looked upon as an isolated incident. We will talk soon and I will address all details of this horrific incident, but I need a moment to process. Most importantly, during times of trauma, grief and pain, there is still a responsibility to lead with love. It’s all I know. And that can’t be kicked out of me. With Love, respect & honor … Jussie.”

One day prior, the Mighty Ducks star’s family released a statement to Us Weekly about the incident, saying, “In the early hours of Tuesday morning, our beloved son and brother, Jussie, was the victim of a violent and unprovoked attack. We want to be clear — this was a racial and homophobic hate crime. We are so grateful that God saw him through this cowardly attack alive. Jussie is a warrior whose light cannot be dimmed.”

Celebrities, including Smollett’s Empire costars, Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, also spoke out against his attackers and gave some insight into the “Hurt People” singer’s state of mind.

“You know, he’s angry, but I know Jussie,” the Oscar nominee, 49, said during an appearance on Good Morning America on Wednesday, January 30. “Jussie’s anger will dissipate and he will forgive these people for what they did. But he won’t — and we cannot — forget their actions. They have to be forgiven because it was done out of ignorance.”

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“The offenders began to batter the victim with their hands about the face and poured an unknown chemical substance on the victim,” Guglielmi told Us. “At some point during the incident, one of the offenders wrapped a rope around the victim’s neck. … Given the severity of the allegations, we are taking this investigation very seriously and treating it as a possible hate crime.”

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Identity Theft Concerns? Freeze Your Credit for Free, Now

A law that went into effect Sept. 21 allows you to freeze your credit with all three credit bureaus: TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax.

Why You May Want to Freeze Your Credit

According to the Federal Trade Commission, a credit freeze, also called a ‘security freeze,’ “lets you restrict access to your credit report, which in turn makes it more difficult for identity thieves to open new accounts in your name.”

Freezing credit is not something new, however many states allowed the credit bureaus to charge to do so, according to BizJournal.

Congress made credit freezing ubiquitously free after a hack compromised an estimated 143 million people’s personal information on Equifax’s servers in 2017. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) pushed for the Freedom from Equifax Exploitation (FREE) Act.

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From the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Information web page:

Does a credit freeze affect your credit score?

A credit freeze has no negative effect on your credit score. It also does not prevent you from getting your free annual credit report. Nor does a freeze prevent you from “opening a new account, applying for a job, renting an apartment, or buying insurance.” However, you do have to lift the freeze before embarking on anything that requires a credit check (more on that later).

What is the difference between a credit freeze and a fraud alert?

A credit freeze prevents a crook from opening up an account using your credit or from identity theft. A fraud alert will not prevent identity theft but will alert you when there is suspicion of something shady going on.

Is credit freezing a 100% guarantee that your data and credit won’t be compromised?

No. According to a post on Experian’s blog, “In the event your credit card number falls into a fraudster’s hands after a data breach, know that a credit freeze won’t help.”

How to Freeze Your Credit

You can freeze your credit online or by calling each individual credit bureau. You will need your Social Security number, name, address, and date of birth. Additionally, each bureau will ask you to verify your identity by answering a series of questions: checking off previous addresses; past loans or leases you may have taken out, etc.

Here are the websites and phone number for each bureau:

Equifax

Equifax.com/personal/credit-report-services

800-685-1111

Experian

Experian.com/help

888-EXPERIAN (888-397-3742)

TransUnion

TransUnion.com/credit-help

888-909-8872

Lifting a Freeze 

After you’ve placed a freeze, each bureau will provide you with a PIN (Personal Identification Number). You must keep this PIN in a safe place because you will need it whenever you want to lift the freeze.

Also, there have been reports that since the law was passed, the credit bureau’s websites have been inundated with credit freeze requests. There may be some wonkiness with some of the sites (I had trouble placing a freeze on TransUnion’s site this past weekend). If you can’t use the site, call the bureau to place the freeze (and expect long waits to speak to someone, for now).

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Parsons, who said he had complications from a form of cancer, will be replaced by Strauss Zelnick, who founded the media-focused private equity firm Zelnick Media Capital, according to the statement.

Richard “Dick” Parsons, former Time Warner chairman and CEO, was named interim chairman weeks after Leslie Moonves stepped down as chairman and CEO of CBS amid a cascade of sexual assault allegations published in a series of articles in The New Yorker.

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Identity Theft Concerns? Freeze Your Credit for Free, Now

A law that went into effect Sept. 21 allows you to freeze your credit with all three credit bureaus: TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax.

Why You May Want to Freeze Your Credit

According to the Federal Trade Commission, a credit freeze, also called a ‘security freeze,’ “lets you restrict access to your credit report, which in turn makes it more difficult for identity thieves to open new accounts in your name.”

Freezing credit is not something new, however many states allowed the credit bureaus to charge to do so, according to BizJournal.

Congress made credit freezing ubiquitously free after a hack compromised an estimated 143 million people’s personal information on Equifax’s servers in 2017. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) pushed for the Freedom from Equifax Exploitation (FREE) Act.

FAQs about Credit Freeze

From the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Information web page:

Does a credit freeze affect your credit score?

A credit freeze has no negative effect on your credit score. It also does not prevent you from getting your free annual credit report. Nor does a freeze prevent you from “opening a new account, applying for a job, renting an apartment, or buying insurance.” However, you do have to lift the freeze before embarking on anything that requires a credit check (more on that later).

What is the difference between a credit freeze and a fraud alert?

A credit freeze prevents a crook from opening up an account using your credit or from identity theft. A fraud alert will not prevent identity theft but will alert you when there is suspicion of something shady going on.

Is credit freezing a 100% guarantee that your data and credit won’t be compromised?

No. According to a post on Experian’s blog, “In the event your credit card number falls into a fraudster’s hands after a data breach, know that a credit freeze won’t help.”

How to Freeze Your Credit

You can freeze your credit online or by calling each individual credit bureau. You will need your Social Security number, name, address, and date of birth. Additionally, each bureau will ask you to verify your identity by answering a series of questions: checking off previous addresses; past loans or leases you may have taken out, etc.

Here are the websites and phone number for each bureau:

Equifax

Equifax.com/personal/credit-report-services

800-685-1111

Experian

Experian.com/help

888-EXPERIAN (888-397-3742)

TransUnion

TransUnion.com/credit-help

888-909-8872

Lifting a Freeze 

After you’ve placed a freeze, each bureau will provide you with a PIN (Personal Identification Number). You must keep this PIN in a safe place because you will need it whenever you want to lift the freeze.

Also, there have been reports that since the law was passed, the credit bureau’s websites have been inundated with credit freeze requests. There may be some wonkiness with some of the sites (I had trouble placing a freeze on TransUnion’s site this past weekend). If you can’t use the site, call the bureau to place the freeze (and expect long waits to speak to someone, for now).

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