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How to Avoid Garbage Disposal Clogs

potato peels img-3414-432Summer is about to begin and the kids are going to be spending a lot of time at home. This means your kitchen is going to get a lot of use! One of the most common plumbing issues during the summer is clogged garbage disposals. Teenagers who stay home alone during summer vacation often eat a variety of snacks and often use the garbage disposal. The following tips will help you avoid garbage disposal clogs this summer and all year long.

  • Run the Water – Turn the faucet on set at the cold temperature before turning on the garbage disposal. The cool water will flush food particles down the drain faster, as well as help solidify grease and fat. Always use cool running water before, during and after using the garbage disposal.
  • Feed the Disposal Gradually – It’s always tempting to stuff tons of food debris into the disposal and let it do its job. But this can overwhelm the disposal and also damage the blades. Slowly feed the food to the disposal in small doses to avoid overloading the disposal.
  • Clean with Vinegar Ice Cubes – Make 6 to 12 ice cubes out of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Then feed them into the disposal. The ice will clean the blades and the vinegar will deodorize the disposal and well as disinfect.
  • Use the Disposal Frequently – Some homeowners only use their garbage disposal on occasion. It is best to use it daily or as frequently as possible. The reason is to avoid rust or damage to the blades.
  • Avoid Potato Peels – Potato peels are one of the most common items that get placed into a garbage disposal, however this is a big mistake. Potatoes are starchy and actually turn into a paste that can get on the blades and other motorized parts causing the disposal to stop working.
  • Avoid Stringy Items – Sweet potatoes, artichokes and celery have natural strings. Have you ever bit into a raw piece of celery only to have a long string be revealed? These strings can get caught in the blades and other components of the garbage disposal causing damage. You can either don’t put these items down the disposal or chop them into small pieces to avoid long strings.

Garbage disposals are a convenience in today’s modern kitchens. They are easy to use and require little to know maintenance. Always use water to flush the disposal to keep it running at it s best. Avoid over feeding the disposal as well as stringy items. Avoid clogs by teaching your family how to properly use the disposal.

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What To Do About a Noisy Faucet

Modern faucet with chrome or stainless steel finishing

Modern faucet with chrome or stainless steel finishing

Screech! What is that piercing noise? Is it coming from a faucet in your home? This common complaint is something homeowners have to deal with at some point. Noisy faucets can become bothersome to most families. Imagine having a conversation in the kitchen while you are doing the dishes and you can’t carry on a conversation with someone standing next to you. You can take control of the situation today by following the steps below.

  • Check the Aerator – Mineral deposits in the aerator is a common cause for a noisy faucet. To check the aerator, just unscrew it and run the faucet. Listen carefully while the faucet is running, if you don’t hear the loud noise anymore, it’s the aerator. You can fix problems by cleaning the aerator and re-attaching it to the faucet.
  • Invest in New Washers – Old washers are often the reason for noisy faucets. To replace washers, turn off the water supply first. Take the faucet apart, replace the washers then re-attach the faucet.
  • Check the Water Pressure – Sometimes high water pressure can cause loud noise in your faucet. You can test your residential plumbing pressure with a gauge found at your local hardware store. If the results of the test read over 80 psi, this is too high. You can have a pressure regulator installed on the main water line to help lessen the noise.
  • Replace Plumbing – If you have an older home, the pipes might be blocked due to debris which causes difficulty for water to get through. Sometimes the old pipes are also just too small. If this is your situation, you should contact a licensed plumber for further assistance.

Depending on your comfort level as a DIY homeowner, you might be able to handle the tasks above by yourself. However, if you are concerned or afraid you should always contact a professional plumber for further assistance. Sometimes the item you think is causing the noise could be something entirely different. It’s best to allow a professional to pinpoint the problem and provide suggestions for repair or replacement.

If the situation is as easy as replacing a washer on the faucet, you can always ask a neighbor or family member to assist you. Once you learn how to do it, the process is easier for you to do the next time the problem occurs. Take care of your noisy faucet today and begin enjoying having conversations in your kitchen again without all the loud noise.


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Since 1968, Chip Mokher & his team has provided South Florida with quality service with a commitment to our customers’ satisfaction. Our many years of experience has allowed us to serve thousands of homes and businesses in Miami-Dade County. We welcome the opportunity to serve you, please call us at 305-446-8266 or email us at chip@mokherplumbing.com