It is imperative for kitchen plumbing to work properly. Following are six questions that we are often asked. These answers should help you be able keep your kitchen running well. If can't find the answers to your specific questions, check out Roto-Rooter.com. Our website is full of useful instructions, tips, and videos to help the do-it-yourself plumber.
A smelling sink is common if you have a garbage disposer. Even if you don't have one you can still get a sink that stinks. This is because small bits of food are not completely flushed down the line. As the food sits in the pipes or the disposer it begins to decay and smell.
One effective method to getting rid of smells is to pour baking soda down the drain. Then pour vinegar on top of the baking soda. The safe chemical reaction will help dislodge any grime or food that has built up. After the reaction has subsided, flush the sink with hot water.
Drain cleaners can help clean out a drain. However, you need to be careful in choosing a drain cleaner. Many on the market today are dangerous and can harm the environment. Call Roto-Rooter for a safe drain cleaner called Pipe Shield®. This product helps loosen grime that accumulates on the walls of the pipes. In addition, it coats the pipes and helps prevent grime from building up in the first place.
You can clean the blades of a disposer by grinding up peelings from oranges, lemons, or limes. The peelings are hard enough to grind up that they scrape away food remnants during the grinding process. At the same time they are safe for the environment. You can also grind up ice cubes to clean the blades.
Most of the time when you hear a strange sound it means there is something in the appliance that shouldn't be there. Items such as broken bits of glass, twist-ties from bread sacks, or popcorn kernels will not grind up. Disconnect the power and reach into the appliance to remove the foreign object.
The most common cause for jammed garbage disposers is too much food in the appliance. To prevent jams, follow these steps when using the disposal:
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