Three Kitchen Plumbing Tips from Roto-Rooter

Three Kitchen Plumbing Tips from Roto-Rooter

Kitchen plumbing is critical to a well-functioning house. More than one plumber from Roto-Rooter has been called to take care of problems that could have been avoided with a little regular maintenance. Following are three suggestions that you can follow to help you keep your kitchen plumbing working well.

Use the Disposal Properly

One of the most common problems in a kitchen is a jammed garbage disposal. When a disposal is operated properly, however, it rarely jams. You can save a lot of money by following the suggestions outlined below:

Use Plenty of Water

A kitchen disposal needs a lot of water. If you prefer not to use so much water then simply scrape the food into the trash can. When running the disposal, keep in mind the following:

  1. Turn on the water before you turn on the appliance.
  2. Run the water and appliance while you gently push the food into the opening.
  3. Keep the appliance on until you hear the grinding noises stop.
  4. Let the water run for five to ten more seconds to flush away the food particles

Don't Overuse the Disposal

The kitchen disposal was designed for bits and scraps, not large amounts of food. If you have a lot of food, put it in the garbage can. Try to use the disposal for food that is leftover from meals or food prep.

Avoid Certain Items

Always avoid putting the following items in the disposal regardless of the amount:

  • Potato peelings
  • Nuts, seeds, or popcorn
  • Glass, plastic, metal
  • Onion skins, celery, or grape stems
  • Egg shells
  • Grease

Eliminating Odors from the Sink

A garbage disposal often emits odors. This is because small particles of food are not always flushed away after you use the appliance. As they sit in the grooves and cracks they begin to decay. You can clean your disposal with the following methods:

  • Grind up ice cubes.
  • Grind up citrus fruit peelings.
  • Pour baking soda then vinegar down the sink.

Preventing Clogs

Preventing clogs is not difficult. Following are three suggestions you can implement to avoid clogs:

Avoid Things that Clog

Avoid all the items mentioned above. Not only can they harm the disposal, but they can contribute to solid drain clogs.

Use Hot Water on a Regular Basis

Pour a few liters of boiling hot water down your kitchen drain to help dissolve and loosen the grime. The force of the water will help wash the grime away. Do this weekly on sinks that don't have a disposal. Because the hot water is hard on the rubber parts of the disposal, do it less often on the sink with the disposal.

Use an Environmentally Safe Drain Cleaner

Call Roto-Rooter for an environmentally safe drain cleaner that that helps prevent clogs from accumulating on the walls of the pipes. Use the drain cleaner once a month for best results.




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