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Garbage Disposal Do’s and Don’ts

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Garbage disposals are a modern convenience in most kitchens. If you had a garbage disposal for a long time and suddenly it breaks, you will quickly realize it is a valuable tool in the kitchen. While garbage disposals are created to consume and destroy most food items, homeowners often overwhelm the disposal causing clogs and other plumbing issues. The following garbage disposal do’s and don’ts will help you treat your disposal with care.

Garbage Disposal Do’s                                 

  • Keep it Clean – Garbage disposals are very easy to maintain. Keep it clean by pouring a 1 ounce of dish soap down the drain and allow hot water to run from the faucet for one minute. Dish soaps that contain citruses such as lemon or orange are helpful since the acid is capable of cleaning pipes.
  • Always Flush with Water – One mistake homeowners make is not using water to flush the item out of the disposal. Make sure you use cool water from the faucet every time you use the disposal.
  • Use Cool Water – If you tend to pour oil or grease down your drain, use cool water on a regular basis to clean the disposal. Cool water solidifies the oil or grease and makes it easier to remove.
  • Dispose of Hard Items – This might be a surprising “do” to accept. However, egg shells and small fish bones easily grind up in disposals creating small particles to clean the walls of the garbage disposal.
  • Dispose of Small Sized Pieces – The garbage disposal is strong and mighty. It might be a time saver to put half a carrot down the disposal, but it’s best to cut large food items into smaller pieces to avoid clogs.

Garbage Disposal Don’ts

  • Never grind anything that can combust.
  • Don’t grind hard items such as metal, plastic or glass. These items can destroy the garbage disposal as well as fly out of the drain into the air and strike you causing injury.
  • Don’t use hot water when disposing of greasy items. The hot water will cause the grease to liquefy and drain the clog by accumulating.
  • Avoid putting items such as celery stalks, corn husks and onion skins in the disposal. These items contain fibers that can clog drains and tangle around the garbage disposal motor.
  • Never turn off the water before grinding is complete.
  • Don’t put large amounts of food down the drain at one time. For example, if you are putting a large amount of any item in the disposal you will need to place it into the disposal in small amounts.
  • Avoid putting large bones such as port and beef down the disposal.
  • Avoid putting rice and pasta in the disposal. Both of these items have the ability to expand when exposed to water which can cause clogs in your drain.
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals such as bleach and other cleaners. The chemicals could damage the garbage disposal blades causing them not to work properly, which leads to buildup and clogs.

Garbage disposals are a common household tool that makes life easier by saving time. If your disposal is not working properly it could lead to expensive plumbing repairs. Follow the do’s and don’ts listed above to avoid harming your garbage disposal. If your sink is clogging, backing up or has a harsh odor you should contact a plumber immediately for assistance.


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Common Mistakes that Ruin Your Plumbing

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Homeowners often take plumbing issues into their own hands. This is fine for an experienced DIY homeowner. However, it can be dangerous and costly for those who are not familiar with plumbing issues. It is always wise to contact a professional for assistance. The following are common mistakes that should be avoided.

  • Flushing Garbage in the Toilet – The toilet is only meant to be used for human waste and toilet paper. Plumbers receive numerous calls every year related to garbage or other items being flushed down the toilet. Sometimes it could be an accident, while other times it is done intentionally. Flushing garbage down the toilet can clog pipes which result in the toilet overflowing into your home.
  • Grease Down the Drain – Bacon grease is often thrown down the sink with the use of a garbage disposal. While this may seem like a great idea after cooking breakfast on a Sunday morning, it is actually a bad idea. Bacon grease, and others similar to it, contains fat that clog drains whether you use a garbage disposal or not.
  • Running Water During Repairs – All plumbing repairs should be conducted with the water valve off. This means that nothing in your home that uses water should be working during repairs. If you fail to turn the water off, your home can become flooded quickly causing extensive damage to your home, flooring and other areas.
  • Soldering Pipes – A favorite project of some homeowners who take pride in their DIY projects is soldering pipes. While it is an easy enough job for those with experience and a steady hand, it can be dangerous for others since you can easily burn yourself and the area around you.
  • Fixing it Yourself – Homeowners have a variety of reasons why they don’t want to call a plumber. It could be lack of money to pay a professional or simply that the homeowner has confidence in their own abilities. While replacing a washer on the faucet is a simple job, others are more complicated. If you find yourself watching an online video and trying to install, repair or replace a plumbing problem, it might be best to call a licensed plumber in your area.

Many homeowners don’t realize the danger in plumbing issues, especially when electricity and water are combined. For example, installing a water heater can become rather difficult if you haven’t done it before. It can also be highly dangerous to the homeowner. Always call a professional plumber when in doubt. You will feel more confident and secure knowing a professional plumber has fixed the issue safely.

Do Economy Settings Really Save Money?

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As a homeowner, you most likely have a dishwasher or washing machine in your home. Some homeowners are dedicated to using the economy settings while others don’t even realize that is an option. Economy settings often give the impression it saves money or energy. This topic has been debated by homeowners for many years. Continue reading below to learn more about this setting and if it really saves money.

The Good News

You do save money, twice! Economy settings on washing machines, hot water heaters and dishwashers conserve water by using less and don’t use heated water. This means you are saving money on your water bill by using less water and at the same time saving money on your electric bill because the hot water heater doesn’t get used to heat up the water for the appliance. So, it is true that you do save money.

The Bad News

While you are saving money using the economy settings, the job the appliance is intended for, may not being meeting your standards. For example, let’s say you load your dishwasher after a large family party. You are too tired to scrape off tiny bits of food particles off the dishes, so you just load the dishwasher. You fill the reservoir with your favorite dishwashing detergent and let it go to work on the economy setting. The results are not great. The food is still stuck to the plate and you have to run the cycle again.

In this scenario homeowners are quick to blame the dishwasher detergent instead of the economy setting, usually because the economy setting has always been able to handle the dishes on a daily basis. However, this time you end up running the economy cycle twice. This causes you to use water and energy twice, as well as twice as much detergent. All of it costing you money and voiding the reason for using the economy setting in the first place.

There’s a time and place for economy settings. When used on small loads of laundry that don’t have a lot of stains it is perfect. But used on a small load of laundry with a lot of dirt, grime and stains will not produce the best results. You have to learn the right time to use the economy settings on your appliances to get the best out of each use.

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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