We are officially closer to the spookiest holiday of the year! Though this Halloween will be different around the country (and world), we can still keep things fun at home for the kids and ourselves.
We got together with a friend who is a movie aficionado and asked him to tell us which movies are a must watch with the kids this Halloween... And he delivered some classics we should all make happen. Muchas gracias, Sandro.
What are movies without snacks you ask? Don't worry, we got that covered. Just remembered to always dispose of any leftover foods in the trash - and not your kitchen sink or garbage disposal to help prevent a spooky clog. Should one of those scary clogs happen, give us a call at 214-328-7371. We are available to help you 24/7.
Below please find three Halloween movies and food pairings that are sure to get you in the Halloween spirit.
The nightmare before christmaS
A fun musical for the whole family to enjoy. Disney’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ follows the story of Jack Skellington, the king of Halloween Town, as he becomes bored with Halloween and discovers Christmas. A movie from that childhood that we can share with our kids and grandkids this holiday season.
Jack Skellington Candy Apples
2 cups white chocolate chips
2 tbsp. coconut oil
4 Granny Smith apples
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp. corn syrup
2 tbsp. milk
Black food coloring
‘The Mummy’ movie from 1999 lets you follow adventurer Rick O’Connell, Egyptologist Evelyn, and her brother Jonathan as they try to keep recently revived mummy priest Imhotep from regaining power and taking over. The movie mixes comedy with horror elements and something fun to watch with older kids.
1 lb. white chocolate
4 oz. white chocolate
16 mini m&m's
4 oz. milk chocolate chips
8 Lollipop sticks
THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Get to know Gomez Addams and his family in ‘The Addams Family’, as they get to know their Uncle Fester. They’re not your typical family, but they show they care about each other in their own ways.
The easiest (and most loved) recipe on our list, it's a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! Pick up a bat-shaped cookie cutter and make these fun bat shaped snacks for the whole family.
Feel free to mix and match snacks and movies! We hope you guys have a safe and Happy Halloween.
If you’re in Dallas and find yourself face-to-face with this problem, please call us at: 214-328-7371. One of our certified plumbing technicians is ready to assist you 24/7. Offer valid from 11/1/20 - 12/31/20.
October is here and that can only mean one thing... Halloween 🎃. Halloween is one of our favorite holidays as it involves creativity, imagination, family, and friends. Though this year's halloween may be a little different due to the pandemic, it does not mean that we can't still have some fun while social distancing at home.
One of the things we can do, besides dressing up and hosting a Zoom Halloween costumes contest with local friends and those from around the world, we can also get dirty and carve some pumpkins! Now, I don't know about you, but the first pumpkin I carved wasn't long ago. I was already in my 30s when I decided to go for it. The process is unique and due to the concentration it takes to clean and carve the pumpkin, it can also be therapeutic. All in all, I had a great time doing it, shared laughs with friends and took a picture with my masterpiece afterwards.
Something I learned that day, which I'd like to share with you today, is how to properly dispose of pumpkin brains. This is so important as I later learned that clog sinks and toilets increase during Halloween because many dispose of pumpkin brains in the kitchen sink and toilets (I wouldn't have imagined toilets, but it happens - take our word for it). Even if you have a garbage disposal, the chances of you clogging your sink are high, so make sure to either roast them or dispose of them in the trash.
My recommendation, separate the fibrous strands (aka pumpkin brains) from the seeds and dispose of the strands in the trash. Once you've done this, lay the pumpkin seeds on a cooking sheet and put them in the oven... That's certainly the short version of the recipe. We'll leave the recipe to the experts. Check out how to bake your pumpkin seeds, here.
"Pumpkin brains can get caught as you flush them and cause a sewer backup. Damage like clogged pipes and broken garbage disposals are disastrous when the entire city of Dallas decides to dump pumpkin guts down the drain."
Now that you know how to prevent a Halloween clog, make sure to tell your friends and family. Prevent clogged drains and toilets this Halloween by dumping the pumpkin brains in the trash. While your Jack O’ Lantern may be spooky, it’ll never be as scary as the damage the pumpkin’s strands and seeds can do to your drains.
If you’re in Dallas and find yourself face-to-face with this problem, please call us at: 214-328-7371. One of our certified plumbing technicians is ready to assist you 24/7.
Fall is here and we couldn't be more excited! Crisp weather awaits, as well as the promise for change and new beginnings. If you’re a homeowner, the drop in temperature can wreak havoc on your plumbing if you aren’t prepared. We want to make sure you're ready to enjoy the weather while also save some money by preventing problems. Review and share these helpful five tips - and share them with your friends. Remember that we are here for you along the way or for any questions you may have.
Clear Out The Gutters
Though this is something we like to recommend a professional to handle, particularly if you have a large home or a two story house, it is recommended for you to carefully use a ladder to inspect the gutters around the exterior of your home. This will help clear out any leaves or debris that could block water from flowing and draining.
Store Away Your Garden Hoses
Help lengthen the life of your garden hose to last another year by draining all the water from it. Once disconnected, check again and make sure to drain all the water from it and place your garden hose in an area in your house that will not reach freezing temperatures. What you're trying to prevent by doing this, is to make sure that any water that may be left inside the garden hose does not freeze and expand as this would cause the garden hose to break.
Check Your Sewer System & Help Prevent Costly Repairs
The fall, winter and spring months can overwork your sewer system. It's recommended for you to check your home's sewer system, especially if you've had any issues in the past or would like to have preventative maintenance completed. You may call us at 214-328-7371. If preventive maintenance is of your interest, we recommend you inquiring about The Diamond Club Membership, which for only $9.95 a month, provides you with $200 in value that can help cover seasonal maintenance visits, preventive inspections, quick repairs, etc.
Inspect Your Water Heater To Ensure Warm Showers
If you love hot showers and long warn relaxing baths, we recommend you keep reading. Annual maintenance is crucial to extend the life of your water heater, which is something that Metro-Flow Plumbing can schedule and perform as soon as your schedule permits. Even-though most water heaters will last anywhere from eight to 12 years, water heater flushes tend to increase water efficiency and saves money on your future utility bills. If you'd like to increase water efficiency and save money on your utility bill, we recommend you schedule a water heater inspection by contacting us at 214-328-7371.
Give your Outdoor Faucets Some Love
Though it may sound a but excessive, especially if you're new to Dallas and to cooler weather, we highly recommend you protect your outdoor faucets from freezing temperatures (30 degrees or below) with styrofoam. Invest in a very affordable foam faucet cover. You'll be able to identify it because it looks like half an igloo and basically acts as an insulation to keep the outside cold out. Save faucets from freezing with this very simple and quick solution. Measures like this can help prevent water in your outdoor faucets from expanding due to the freezing temperatures, which can potentially cause the pipes to burst and turn into a costly repair. Should you have questions about the type of styrofoam to purchase, we are happy to help. You may call us at 214-328-7371. We are here and ready to help answer any questions you may have.