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Foods that Should Never be Put into the Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals are a huge asset to homeowners that cook. It’s a helpful tool that prevents odors in the garbage and kitchen. If you have never used a garbage disposal and are planning on getting one, the following list of foods that should never be put into a garbage disposal will help you keep the disposal in good working order.

  • Cooking Oil and Grease – Let’s face it, food tastes extra flavorful with butter, oil and other greasy toppings. While our taste buds might enjoy oily goodness, the garbage disposal doesn’t. It actually causes grease to build up making the disposal blades dull. This leads to clogged drains and a call to the plumber. Avoid putting oil and grease down the drain no matter how tempting it is.
  • Raw meat – Anyone who has attempted to cut through a raw piece of red meat will tell you it’s difficult. Strength and patience are involved when cutting meat. The garbage disposal also has a difficult time chopping meat. A common issue is strings of meat getting caught around the blades causing the disposal not to work properly and an odor developing days later. Instead of feeding meat to your disposal, place the meat in a bag and put it in the trash.
  • Rice, Pasta, and Quinoa – Have you ever left rice or pasta in a bowl of water for too long and noticed they doubled in size? This is what happens when you put it down the disposal. The starch in pasta and rice causes slime to develop when mixed with water. The disposal blades become dull due to the starch slime build-up which causes clogs to develop over time. Even if the disposal manages to chop the rice and pasta into small pieces, the contact with water causes it to swell and clog the drain. It’s best to avoid putting these items in the disposal at all times.
  • Egg Shells – Homeowners will debate on whether to put these hard shells down the disposal. Some homeowners have done it for years with no issues, while others have caused major clogs in pipes which lead to high-cost repair bills. Eggshells get chopped into small pieces and flushed down the drain. Sometimes these tiny pieces attach to greasy build up in the pipes and cause clogged drains. Just to be safe, avoid putting egg shells down the drain.

If you have a clogged drain where the garbage disposal is located, chances are you have food blocking the passageway. It’s important to contact a professional plumber for further assistance before the situation gets worse. Take action today by calling us for an appointment!


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Rusty Water: Find the Source


Homeowners count on their tap water to be clear and clean for drinking and showering. But, what happens when you notice the water has a colorful tint to it? Or, the taste seems a bit off? Generally, rusty water could originate from the public water supply. But, chances are the issue is coming from inside your home.

Find the Source of the Rusty Water

Since you can’t drive down to the public water supply location and test the water, you need to find out if the issue is coming from inside your home. Begin your investigation by going to the water fixture where you noticed the discolored water first. Fill a drinking glass with cold water and set it on the counter. Then go to all the water fixtures in the house such as sinks and showers to collect the same samples. Place all of the glasses on the counter and compare the color. If they all look the same color chances are the issue is coming from the local water supply.

If only one of the samples is showing discolored water the issue is in your home where that water sample was taken. This helps you narrow down the area so you can contact a professional plumber for further assistance.

The Outcome

A plumber will guide your further to fixing the issue causing the rusty water. However, if the issue is coming from the public water supply, you need to contact the public water authority to alert them of the issue. Often this issue is due to corrosion of the pipes. An extensive pipe replacement project needs to be conducted as quickly as possible.

If the rusted water is affecting your drinking water it is best to purchase bottled water until the issue is fixed. Taking shorter showers and minimizing your exposure to the water is also recommended.

A common culprit for rusted water is the water heater. This option often goes undetected since it is usually hidden behind closed doors. If you suspect the water heater has rust, you should inspect it immediately. Look for signs of leaking or small orange rust stains along the top, edges, side, and bottom of the hot water heater. Any sign of rust should be taken into consideration immediately. The water heater should be replaced first, before the contacting the water authorities. Get a professional opinion by making an appointment with us today!


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Understanding How Clogged Drains Happen


It’s nothing to be ashamed of- most people typically are not able to spot signs of clogging happening even if it’s right under our noses. It’s a common factor that most of us share but it really wouldn’t hurt to understand clogged drains happen so we can make our lives a little less messy and stress-free in the future. In this article, we will be talking about clogged drains, how it happened, possible back up and how we can avoid them from clogging in the first place.

UNDERSTANDING HOW A DRAIN WORKS

A drain system is a connection of lines that run throughout your home or building which is directly connected to your sewer system. This drain can be found in your sinks, toilets, washing machines or typically under or near any source of water in your home.

From the sink, there is a trap which catches the water and a pipeline that is connected to the drain line and further down, the sewer system. It’s a pretty simple process with complicated areas wherein a clog might possibly occur.

UNDERSTANDING HOW DRAINS GET CLOGGED

Clogging of drains is most usually caused by home owners and home practices. More often, it is caused by accumulation in pipes and drains whether it be from food in the kitchen sink, hair, and soap buildup in your bathroom, tissue in the toilet or whatever activities you are doing that could possibly block or clog a drain system.

WHAT YOU SHOULD LOOK OUT FOR AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

  1. Slow Drainage – Whether in your sink or bathtubs, a slow drain is the initial sign of a problem. This can occur when the diameter of your pipes become constricted.Try widening your pipes by pouring hot water in the sinks.
  2. An unwanted smell & backing up of toilets – Foul smells are another bad sign. This can be caused by food stuck in the pipes or anything that could possibly constrict the pipes.

Avoid draining food, tissue paper or another object other than liquids in the sink.

 

  1. Gurgling drains – Gurgling is a sign of air being trapped in the pipes. Lots of things can cause this such as blockage and a damaged line, to name a few. At this point, you might want some professional help so make sure to have a local plumber on hand.

How are your drains so far? If you have a clogged drain call and make an appointment today for further assistance.