Three Kitchen Plumbing Tips from Roto-Rooter
Kitchen plumbing is essential to a well-functioning home. Our Roto-Rooter plumbers give three suggestions for kitchen maintenance. These include operating your garbage disposal correctly, keeping your drains free from clogs, and eliminating odors from your sink.
Use, Don't Abuse, Your Kitchen Disposal
Most garbage disposals take a lot of abuse. When you don't use them correctly, they won't work very well, if at all. Here are several suggestions for operating a garbage disposal:
- Turn the water on before you start putting food in the appliance.
- Always run water through the appliance while you are using it.
- Don't put too much food in the unit at one time.
- Leave the appliance running until you hear all the grinding completely stop.
- Leave the water running for 10 to 15 seconds more to completely flush the food particles down the line.
- Avoid foods that could jam the blades, such as small bones, nuts, seeds, popcorn kernels, onion skins, celery stalks, and bits of metal or plastic.
Avoid Clogging Agents
Pipes that carry anything but pure water are prone to get clogged, which means that all pipes can get clogged. However, when you avoid putting certain items down your drains you will eliminate the main causes for kitchen clogs. Avoid the following items:
- Potato peelings—after peelings are run through a garbage disposal they can still cause problems. The peelings can adhere together and clog your pipe, especially in the p-trap.
- Starchy foods—just like potato peelings, starchy foods swell and clog pipes.
- Hard items, such as egg shells—the tiny bits are heavy and sink to the bottom of the p-trap or low spots in the plumbing system. Eventually they build up with other debris and block your pipes.
- Grease—Grease coagulates in the cool atmosphere and sticks to the sides of the pipes.
Regular Pipe Maintenance
Conducting regular maintenance on your pipes is not difficult. The hardest part is simply remembering to do it. If you set up the maintenance on a regular schedule it will be easy to remember.
- Once a week pour boiling hot water down the drains to help dissolve soap grime and grease that has built up on the walls of the pipes.
- Once a month, pour a drain cleaner down the drains. The drain cleaner works in two distinct ways. First, it helps dissolve grime so that it can be flushed down the line. Second, it coats the pipes so that soap, grease, and grime cannot build up on the walls. You can call Roto-Rooter for an environmentally safe product called Pipe Shield®.