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Use Your Garbage Disposal The Right Way To Avoid Plumbing Problems

By Elliot Bekah

Without a garbage disposal, people would be taking the trash out a lot more often. Food left in trash cans draws bugs and can begin to smell really unpleasant as soon as the next morning. The garbage disposal takes care of that problem, in many instances.

Shove the uneaten food down the drain, flip the switch, and like magic, the food is cut up and sent on its way. Unfortunately, the garbage disposal isn’t meant for everything and misuse of this handy appliance can lead to a major plumbing problem if you aren’t careful. Here are some things that should never go down the disposal.

To avoid plumbing issues, avoid putting any type of rice or pasta down the rubbish disposal. These can’t be sliced up beyond a certain point, and that point will not be adequate to take away its wonderful water-soaking properties. Due to these properties, pasta and rice have a tendency to swell up and get caught in the trap below the disposal.

When enough bits accumulate, it can cause the trap to almost completely close, meaning a clog. Throw leftover rice and pasta in the trash. It won’t attract bugs in the way other food items will and unless covered in a degradable sauce, it won’t smell the next morning.

The next thing you should never put down the kitchen drain is grease of any kind. Doing it on a regular basis is just asking for a clog eventually. Grease will stick to the sides of the pipes and when it dries out, it creates a thick lard that water will not be able to penetrate. You can avoid some of the major kitchen plumbing problems by never putting grease down the drain. If it’s a small amount of grease, seal it up in a jar and throw it out.

Chicken and steak bones should never go down in the disposal. This is an one way ticket to replacing the disposal altogether. The blades of the disposal are quite adept at cutting up smaller pieces of soft food, but they don’t seem to be virtually powerful enough to handle animal bones. Throw these out and save having to get a new rubbish disposal system.

Most plumbing issues in the kitchen can be evaded by utilizing a bit of tact when it comes to the utilization of appliances like the rubbish disposal. Though it is among the most useful machines in the kitchen, do not expect it to do miraculous things. Often , the rubbish can is the best alternative.

Your home plumbing system is always something to take seriously. San Francisco Plumbing and Fairfax Plumbing is ready to come by your house any time and any day. We will be happy to offer you our residential plumbing services. No plumbing challenge is too big or too tiny for us to tackle.

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