It to hire a professional plumber yearly for a thorough inspection of residential plumbing. A professional has the tools and skills to detect issues that a non-plumber might miss. However, this does not mean you always have to get a pro plumber to notice common plumbing issues. Keep an eye out for these things.For a…
Hosting a Gathering? Hydro-Jetting Can Prevent Clogged Drains
Each year is filled with holidays and other events that are a cause for celebration and with that comes plenty of guests, tons of food and, something else you should consider: hydro-jetting. If any one of these parties ends up hosted at your home, you'll want to make sure your pipes and garbage disposal are all working.
Backups and clogs are frustrating as it is; add a house full of people waiting for the bathroom or a countertop piled with dishes and a backed-up sink, and you have got a recipe for disaster.
When anticipating a crowd of family and friends in your home, consider calling a professional for a pre-emptive inspection. If you are not confident that the pipes are free and clear and in the best condition, a professional can use hydro-jetting to not only clear blockages but also scour the inside of the pipe of scaling, grease and even tree roots.
Worry goes right out the window when the pipes are as clean as a whistle.
What is okay to put down the drain?
It is important for a host to know what can and cannot be put down the garbage disposal, so they can share the information with the guests who might want to help with the massive load of dishes or aid in the cooking department.
Garbage disposals are powerful machines, but they are far from indestructible. Generally, a good idea is to stick to foods that have either been chopped into small pieces or soft food that a garbage disposal can chew right through. Dish soap and most organic liquids are okay to go down the drain as well.
There are some things that can actually improve and/or clean the garbage disposal as well. Ice cubes tossed into an active garbage disposal act like a scouring agent, cleaning gunk and debris off the blade effectively without damaging the unit. Running cold water through the garbage disposal every once in awhile can also serve to clean it and make it an environment unsafe for harmful bacteria. Plus, it aids in cleaning.
What should stay out of the drain?
The biggest culprits behind the kind of deep-down clogs that eventually need hydro-jetting are grease, fat and oils. Any kind of bacon grease or leftover cooking oil should be stored in a container and thrown away once it is solidified. Another thing to tell your guests is that any leftover rice or pasta should be thrown in the trash, not down the sink. Grains tend to expand in water, which makes them ideal for ballooning up inside the drain and creating a powerful, glued-together clog.
Generally, the hard parts of fruit (like the core or seeds) should be kept out of the disposal, as should tough vegetables like potato peels, asparagus or celery. These tend to not only slow or even stop the blades but can also even permanently damage the unit itself.
Avoid embarrassing clogs
Make sure all your kitchen helpers know these rules, and it would not be overkill to put a little sign near the sink with helpful reminders. It may seem silly, but it can save tons of money and frustration in the long run. You may also want to consider hydro-jetting, either before or after the holiday, to avoid the worst of the damage and keep your house fit and ready for more holiday get-togethers.
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