Keep your plumbing healthy and efficient with tips and care from My Ph.D. Services


Whether your toddler flushed her shoe down the toilet or a small drip in the kitchen sink won’t stop no matter how hard your crank that wrench, we all have to call in a plumber at some point.

When you need a plumbing expert, look for My Ph.D. Services (plumbing, heating and drain cleaning). My Ph.D Services is family-owned and operated by Jason Luna who has more than 13 years’ experience in the service and installation of plumbing in new homes, remodeled homes and commercial businesses.

Along with residential and commercial property repairs, My Ph.D. Services can install your garbage disposal and water heater.

Plumbing maintenance is just as important as the maintenance of your car. It’s important to know what you’re doing so you don’t create bigger issues down the road. Below are the best tips to keep your garbage disposal working properly, chrome fixtures shiny and efficient, and to properly warm up frozen pipes.

Cheat Sheet for Top 3 Plumbing Tips from My Ph.D. Services

Garage disposal care: Always use cold water when operating the disposal to solidify fatty and greasy wastes. This ensures they will be properly chipped up and flushed down the drain. Keep a strong flow of cold water running for at least 30 seconds after the noise of grinding has stopped.

Soap and lime build-up on chrome fixtures: Soak a paper towel in white wine vinegar and squeeze out the excess. Wrap it around the chrome fixture for 10 minutes. Remove the towel and buff the chrome with a new, dry towel. Do not use this on brass, colored fixtures or fiberglass.

Frozen Pipes: If your pipes are frozen – no water is coming out during the cold months – immediately shut off the water at the main shutoff valve and open the faucet nearest to the frozen pipe so it can drain as it thaws. Waterproof the area with containers in case of leaks. Gradually warm the frozen pope with a hair dryer (acting as a torch), or wrap a heating pad around the length of the pipe, or wrap the pipe (except plastic) in rags and pour boiling water on to it. For pipes behind walls, place a halogen work light or space heater eight or more inches from the surface.

Plumbers can also provide routine maintenance using their state-of-the-art tools that not homeowners typically don’t own. We know that dirt, grease, and debris are all bad for drain lines. Is this junk in your sewer and drain line causing blockages and slow draining? Watch out, these blockages can result in flooded basements, schools, or restaurants – any building! A regular sewer maintenance program that includes high-pressure water jetting can help avoid any unexpected (and gross) sewer backups.

From sewer repair to boiler replacements, My Ph.D. Services provides complete customer satisfaction at affordable prices. Their friendly dispatchers are ready for your call 24/7 with a skilled plumber always ready to help you with any home or commercial plumbing challenge or emergency.

Bryan from Auburn, WA said, “The office staff is friendly, and the plumbers usually come out earlier than expected so I never have to wait.”  Another satisfied customer from Tacoma said the work provided by My Ph.D. Services can be described as “quick response, extremely professional and excellent service.”

Contact My Ph.D. Services for your routine plumbing maintenance, and keep their contact information handy for a plumbing, heating or drain emergency.

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When It Comes to Painting, Hire A Professional at Avatar Painting, Inc.


Patining is one of the most popular do-it-yourself home projects. Anyone can run down to a big box or home improvement store and pick up primer, brushes and select from hundreds of color swatches. But it doesn’t mean that everyone should be their own painter.

If you’re a new homeowner with an itch to dip into a project, painting a small room or one accent wall is a safe option. First, start with a small wall to get practice in, and choose a room like an office or guest room that you don’t have to see every day like the main living room or master suite. This will give you a good idea about your skill level and if painting your interior is a project for you. As far as the exterior goes, this requires a lot of professional equipment and a steady balance on a ladder, it’s best to leave that one to the pros.

If you’re not a DIY painter or just don’t have the time or desire then, hiring a professional is the best option. For a trusted and reliable contractor look to Avatar Painting, Inc. who will accurately and quickly complete the job for you. They put pride and effort into every job and will leave you feeling satisfied with their work.

Located in Sumner, Washington, Avatar Painting was founded by Jason Mobley, a skilled tradesman with more than 20 years of experience. Together with his team, they provide superior service with professional results. They demand a sharp attention to detail and are committed to makings sure each customer is completely satisfied with their project.

Contact Avatar Painting for a free estimate on your painting project.


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Add Contrasting Textures or Classic Styles with Tile First Installations

When it comes to tile design and installation, there are unlimited options to choose select. You can select scene-stealing herringbone wood tile floors throughout the home, or find a classic but unique pattern for your laundry room. The shapes, styles, and color of tile options are limitless, so why not add your own unique spin to floors, backsplash and countertop options?

Installing tile floors, backsplash or bathroom trim is a labor intensive and intricate process. The work can be tedious but also meticulous. Hiring a professional tile installer will save you time, money and make sure it’s done accurately. From design and planning to grout and finish, Tile First Installations is there working for you.


Photos by homebunch, apartment therapy, little green notebook.

Remodeling is an exciting way to add a personal touch to your home to reflect your own style. But it’s not always convenient. Tile First Installation strives to make the process as easy as possible to get you to your dream design with quality craftsmanship while staying on time and on budget.

Tile First Installations offers honest and reliable estimates and then does the job right. They are well-known for their quick, friendly service, quality work, expert service, precise cost estimates, and beautiful designs. They are also familiar with all materials and products and will teach you how to care for them long after they are installed.

Quick Tips

  1. Purchase extra tiles to replace those with blemishes or chips that occur during shipping or installation.

  2. Tile doesn’t need to lay parallel. Consider adding visual interest with herringbone or diagonal patterns. But do remember intricate patterns or unique accents and trim pieces will increase your costs.

Deborah from Olympia said they are, “Phenomenal! Everyone who has seen my bathroom has said what an amazing job they did. They retiled my bath surround including furring the wall out and creating niches for me. Darren was very knowledgeable in helping me choose the best tile for my bath and even how to care for it. Really easy to work with – one of the best contractors I’ve ever had work on my home.”

Contact Tile First Installation for help with selecting the right style and design, crafting a budget and professional installation.


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Painting trends 2018: Creative places and trendy colors – Jeff Heiss Painting


There are endless options to choose from when deciding on what and how to bring paint color into your home. Brainstorm different ways to showcase your style such as adding color to doors, accent walls or cabinets. Jeff Heiss Painting believes that life is short, so you may as well live in color.

At Jeff Heiss Painting they specialize in two things: professionally painting your home and doing so with courtesy. When you hire Jeff Heiss Painting, they treat you courteously, answer your questions fully, help you with your color selection, and most importantly, treat you and your home with respect.

How do you make a choice when there are endless shades, sheens, and hues to choose from? According to design experts, the trend forecast shows muted and warm colors are here to stay. Designers and new home builders are slowly moving away from sterile white and more toward earthy tones. For the record, if you add a modern twist, white will never be entirely out of style.

So how do you put trends into practice without looking outdated next season? How can you sneak in a bit of color without taking over your walls? Use color to enhance spaces, not to overwhelm them. These muddy colors help bring a sense of mindfulness and tranquility to your home.


In these photos by Behr, you can see how color enhances both doors in unique ways. The front door and windows are painted in a vibrant green to draw the eye to the architecture. In the other photo, the bathroom wall is painted a muted purple-grey that brings a soft focus to the crisp white door. The bathroom cabinets and floors are light, keeping the space from feeling overwhelmed by a dark color.


Dark colors can be fantastic ways to contrast neutral furniture or showcase a stunning piece of art or mirror.

Paint can be a lot of fun and an easy way to play with style trends and colors. When considering the level of freedom you have, remember that if you think you will be moving in the next 2-3 years, it’s not worth it to paint your interior house colors that appeal to your personal, and perhaps eclectic, tastes. When selling a home, it’s best to leave the walls neutral, whether white, grey or taupe, to allow potential buyers to envision themselves in the house. A general consensus agrees that a spunky lime green kid’s bedroom may not help a buyer see the big picture value of the home.

Whatever color and direction you choose to go in, one thing remains certain, paint is an investment. Make sure its applied precisely and professionally. Contact Jeff Weiss Painting to get started on your project.

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Get your trees in shape with Dawkins Boys Tree Experts


There is a fine art needed to accurately, safely and efficiently trim or remove a tree. Skilled tree removal professionals like Dawkins Boys Tree Experts are qualified and knowledgeable for the job.

Dawkins Boys Tree Experts is a family-owned professional tree service company based of out Tenino and serving Chehalis, Centralia, Tumwater, Olympia, and Lacey.

The abundance of trees in the Pacific Northwest can – and do – cause significant problems during dangerous storms. Dead branches and trees are especially dangerous as they are more likely to snap damaging roofs or other personal property. Taking precautions to care for trees around your home can prevent major damage to your property, home, vehicles, and even people. If you suffered from storm damage, the crew at Dawkins Boys Tree Experts could help you with clean up by removing large fallen trees and branches.

Removal of large, hazardous or diseased trees requires the expertise of a professional tree service company. Removing a large tree close to your home may require using heavy machinery to lower sections of the tree piece by piece. A large capacity chipper is also needed to compact debris and haul it away. If you have a concern about trees on your residential or commercial property, contact Dawkins Boys Tree Experts for a free estimate.


Think of a tree as either an asset or a liability, either it can be a great feature of your home’s property, or it can cause damage or block views. Trees are highly valued by homeowners because they provide shade, privacy and of course beauty. But sometimes the removal of a tree will increase the value of the home, and Dawkins Boys Tree Experts can help you improve the curb appeal and value of your home and property.  If a tree is dead, diseased or just too large for your property and poses a threat to your foundation, your investment in removing the tree will be worth it toward your home value.

Satisfied customers said they recommend Dawkins Boys Tree Experts due to their professionalism, courtesy, and high-quality work. Colin from Olympia said, “Quality, affordability or speed, you usually have to pick two, but I just got all three. Integrity, honesty, and experience are hard to find these days at a great value. These boys are the real deal and the kind of people you keep telling your neighbors and friends about.”

Contact Dawkins Boys Tree Experts for your tree services.

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New or old, building and restoring homes is Sweatman Young Inc’s passion


Building a house starts with a dream: your dream of cooking all day with your family for the holidays, popcorn and movie nights at home, or watching your daughter grow from a baby to a high school graduate. Each home – just like your dream – is unique. It’s important to choose a certified, insured and proven professional to help you build your home. It’s also important to have good communication and trustworthiness with your contractor. The professionals at Sweatman Young, Inc. will help you build your dream.

In addition to building custom homes, the crew at Sweatman Young has more than 28 years of combined experience remodeling, building outdoor living spaces, historic restorations, and home maintenance and repair.

Not only do they specialize in updating and building new modern homes, but the crew at Sweatman Young has a unique talent for restoring old and historic homes. They bring them back to their original beauty by doing the research, documenting the work and using correct materials and techniques to properly restore and preserve the historical home.

By Sweatman-Young, Inc. 

Photo by Sweatman-Young, Inc. 

Located in Bonney Lake, Bill Sweatman started his company in 1989 as a one-man operation. With his ambition to deliver quality craftsmanship at a fair price, in 1995 he put together a team of professionals that today runs off of its original mission to meet the client’s desires with honesty, focus on quality an dedication to getting the job done right. They believe clear and consistent communication and organization between builder and homeowner is the key to a successful project.

Photo by Sweatman-Young, Inc. 

Photo by Sweatman-Young, Inc. 

“Absolutely the best! My mid-century home needed major remodeling – window, floors, insulation, electrical, solar panels … They were awesome, making the remodeling process as seamless as possible. They actually saved us money with their advice. Their subs were superb, well-coordinated and supervised.” – Michelle, Tacoma WA

When choosing a home builder or remodeling company make sure you feel comfortable with the crew. Discuss your vision to ensure you both align with what you see as you future home.

Contact Sweatman Young, Inc by clicking here for more information.

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Fall home improvement tips to make the most out of your weekend


This is a busy time of year, we know. The kids are back in school, projects at work tend to pick up more after summer, there’s football on the weekend, and of course all of the pumpkin patches. While being a homeowner and tackling projects can be fun, it’s not everyone’s cup of pumpkin spiced latte. At Responsible Contractors, we are major proponents of using your time wisely, so we’ve rounded up the top home projects not to ignore this season. Whether you are an experienced homeowner ready to get to work, or you want to hire a professional, don’t neglect these seasonal maintenance projects. Once the projects are finished you can enjoy that scarf weather in more recreational ways – looking at you corn maze.

Prepare now to stay warm all season

In September you probably don’t need your heater or fireplace running yet, but those cold nights will be here soon. You likely haven’t turned on your heating system in several months, so now’s a good time for a check-up. Start by cleaning and replacing filters in your furnace and heating system. A licensed heating contractor can provide routine service, and inspect and service your gas heater or furnace to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. If you have a fireplace, you know it’s time to clean the chimney and stock up on firewood. If you have concerns about the efficiency and safety of your fireplace, call in a professional.

Don’t put away your gloves and rake yet

You don’t think we could possibly have a fall maintenance story without talking about the lawn, garden and leaves, right? Fall is the best time to aerate your lawn because it will allow moisture and nutrients to get into the roots. Spread fertilizer and grass seed on top to help your lawn grow plush after the dormant season. Don’t forget to trim dead branches to prevent them from causing damage during a storm. Unless you’re a professional with a chainsaw and have access to a pick-up truck for disposal, this is a good time to hire a tree services contractor.

Tip: Don’t throw away raked leaves. They’re an excellent source of nutrients and organic matter. You can add them to your compost pile or use as mulch.

Inspect your attic for creaks, cracks, and critters

If your attic is unfinished, your warm insulation is an invitation for pests who need a place to nest when it’s cold and wet outside. You can help prevent unwanted critters from living rent-free in your attic by taking preventative measures: install a screen behind gable vents and lay traps. You also want to enter your attic in the daylight to look for any cracks or crevices and fill in those gaps. If you’re a DIY’er, check out our comprehensive attic guide for more information. Or if you’d like to stick to at trusted pro, turn to our list of contractors.

Exterior tune-up

Before the rain pours, exterior painting is worth considering. You’ll protect the wood from water damage and seal any small gaps that pull cold air indoors. Early fall the most ideal time to do exterior painting; the paint drying process will benefit from the coolers temps. And the summer heat and humidity put the paint to test so it might be time to update your curb appeal. It’s a big task that takes a lot of physical work so cooler temps are preferred, plus it’s more likely that warm-weather pests like wasps are gone for good. If you’re not comfortable working on a tall ladder for a long period of time (or have other things to do), it’s time to call in a professional painter or handyman.

Don’t neglect your deck

Early autumn is the best season to wash and seal your deck to protect it against the harsh rain and snow that is right around the corner. Take advantage of the last nice days to take care of this task so you don’t get caught up doing big repairs and restoration in the spring.

For more home improvement tips, visit our blog.

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