Each year on the day after Thanksgiving, asWest Palm Beachresidents battle the crowds to get the best Black Friday deals on everything from tricycles to electric toothbrushes, the local plumbers have their hands full. The phones start ringing early, and they don’t stop. Garbage disposals have mysteriously become clogged or broken at dozens of West Palm Beachhomes! But why?
It’s simple: at Thanksgiving time, there are more people around and there’s more food around, and more people and more food means more waste goes into the garbage disposal. The good news is that a garbage disposal can handle a lot of use without becoming clogged or busted IF the garbage disposal is used properly. At General Plumbing, our local plumbers are always happy to do a garbage disposal repair, but we know you’ve got a lot of shopping to get done, so we hope that these tips will help you to avoid a clogged garbage disposal.
Tips for Preventing a Clogged Garbage Disposal at your West Palm Beach Home
- Don’t put fibrous foods down the garbage disposal. Foods like pumpkin innards, celery, and corn husks can end up making a tangled mess in your garbage disposal, causing the motor to jam or a stopped drain.
- Run cold water down the drain while the garbage disposal is running. The water will help the garbage disposal perform well and will flush out any remaining bits of food.
- Use your garbage disposal regularly. Like many appliances, if you don’t use an item for a long time, you can’t know for sure if it will work when you do. Using your garbage disposal year round will help prevent the parts from ceasing up. It will also help prevent corrosion and rust.
- Throw those turkey and ham bones in the trash! A little tiny bit of bone won’t cause a problem, but the garbage disposal isn’t meant to be grinding large animal bones.
- Avoid putting rice and pasta into the garbage disposal. Because these foods expand with the addition of water, it’s best not to put them down the drain because they could cause a clog.
- Don’t put fats, greases, and cooking oils into the garbage disposal. These materials have a tendency to accumulate in the garbage disposal and impair the disposal’s ability to grind effectively.
Our plumbing contractors hope that these tips help you to keep your garbage disposal running great all through the holiday season, but if you need help with a clogged garbage disposal, clogged drain, clogged toilet, or anything else that becomes clogged while you’ve got company, General Plumbing is here to help! We are the plumbing company you can rely on for all your residential plumbing and commercial plumbing needs in West Palm Beach, FL, and you can always count on us to be friendly, dependable, and respectful to you and your home or business! And don’t worry–General Plumbing Red Carpet Service includes plumbing emergency assistance 24 hours a day, including holidays. Our answering service operators will promptly connect you with one of our technicians, should you require assistance after regular business hours. We hope you have a relaxing and joyous Thanksgiving.
Your West Palm Beach FL plumber, General Plumbing, wants to make sure you are properly winterized before the first frost hits. Your home can often have pipe breaks or plumbing lines can freeze if preventative plumbing maintenance is not overseen.
Homes that have a kitchen sink facing the outside wall are more susceptible to freezing and precautions need to be taken when the first freeze arrives. Newer houses have plumbing brought up through the ground and in to the bottom of the cabinet while older homes often have pipes visible on the outside wall of the house. Watch the weather forecast as the temperature falls and it gets later in November and December. Open your cabinet doors below your sink during the first few winter freezes and allow the warmer air to pass over the pipes and water lines. Also, it may be beneficial to place a space heater outside your cabinet to ensure warm airflow over your plumbing.
Outside pipes and faucets are also a concern. Outside garden hoses are commonly left attached to outdoor faucets. The winter temperatures will freeze the garden hose which will in turn freeze the spigot or faucet. Removing your garden hose before it starts to freeze is a simple preventative measure that can help keep faucets working. You can always have an isolation valve installed from your West Palm Beach FL plumbing company so that the water can be shut off from the inside. Even with isolation valves you still need to drain the faucet of any excess or stored water it might have from pressure.
General Plumbing is your plumbing maintenance and pipe drain cleaning experts. For expert plumbing service, call your West Palm Beach plumbing repair specialists at 866-436-7586 or visit them online to schedule plumbing repair and maintenance.
Clogged drains in your kitchen or bathtub or sink are common occurrences and can quickly put a halt to your normal routine. Drain cleaning service from your West Palm Beach FL plumbing company, General Plumbing, can alleviate any problems you have and prevent stoppage from becoming an issue again.
Many store bought drain cleaners will only temporarily prevent drain clogs and for heavy buildup, often can’t handle the job. Your West Palm Beach plumber, General Plumbing, will use professional services like drain snaking, hydro jetting, and video camera inspection to find the root cause of your clogged drain. Clogged drains can become worse over time, often due to material buildup that continues to collect, so it is essential that you relieve these issues as soon as you notice water buildup.
One of the most common causes of household drain clogs is grease, soap, and hair buildup. Manmade obstructions from unacceptable items not meant for residential pipes and drains are often flushed or dropped in sinks. These unwanted items cause major backups more quickly and need to be addressed as soon as possible. With years of experience, General Plumbing is your West Palm Beach drain cleaning service of choice. Emergency drain cleaning service, available 24 hours a day, is just a phone call away.
Drain snaking is one of the most common and effective approaches to clearing clogged drains. Hydro jetting clean tougher buildups with high pressure water making sure the walls of the pipe are also clean. Video camera inspection can pinpoint the cause of a clogged drain with state-of-the-art cameras fed down the drain line to the source of the buildup. Video camera inspections can also confirm a drain is cleared after using other methods of unclogging the drain.
Do not hesitate to call a plumbing professional to clear your clogged drain. Schedule a drain cleaning with General Plumbing by visiting them online or calling 561.420.0442.