With the holidays in full swing many home owners are worrying about who is going to make the turkey this year and where to get the best pumpkin pie in town, but many are totally unaware that holiday feasts can cause major plumbing issues. During the holidays more food and drinks are poured down the drain and disposal than any other time of year. This can cause major build ups and weaken the system. To get your drain and disposal back to prime operating condition, your local Jamaica Roto-Rooter has some tips for you to practice:
- Run hot water and pour ice down the disposal, for those industrial disposals you can put harder things like fruit pits in, and run the disposal, this sharpens and cleans the blades of the disposal for better performance.
- To rid the disposal of bacteria and reduce the chance of odor, pour a mixture of ammonia and hot water down the drain and disposal and let it sit without getting washed out for 30 minutes.
- Plug up your sink and fill it with hot water (suggested a gallon of water but it works if you just fill to the brim) and ¼ cup of baking soda, once the mixture is mixed, release the plug and turn on the disposal. The rush of the liquid will clean most of the bacteria out and flush any unwanted substances out as well.
- It is good to practice disassembling your drains and cleaning the sludge out every 3 years to protect your appliances and relinquish any future problems. Also when purchasing garbage disposals it is important to buy one large enough for the loads you will put in it and the amount you will use it.
To get your drains and disposal checked and cleaned out after your big holiday bash or anytime year-round, call your local Jamaica Roto-Rooter technician.
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