You can avoid expensive drain repairs and plumbing mishaps by staying on top of simple maintenance at home. While you will still want your local plumber to give your home’s plumbing system a thorough inspection every two to three years, your plumbing will perform better and last longer with a little care.
- Avoid FOG. Some of the most persistent enemies of your garbage disposal and kitchen drains are fat, oil, and grease (FOG). It is natural for some of these materials to go down your drains, but pouring them in quantity is a sure way to build up a clog. This is because grease and oils accumulate along the walls of your pipes. Eventually, they form a lining that traps other materials and restricts water flow. This is a recipe for a clog that will have you calling your plumber.
- Use Household Cleaners. In the event of a clog, avoid harsh commercial drain cleaners. While they may be effective, it is largely due to their highly corrosive nature. Not only will these break up a clog, but they can eventually eat away at your pipes. These chemicals also have a negative impact upon the environment. A combination of baking soda, white vinegar, and boiling water can be used every so often to help clean your garbage disposal and drain.
- Use Your Disposal Wisely. In spite of its name, your garbage disposal should not be used for just anything. Citrus rinds, fresh vegetable matter, and gristle can all get caught in the blades. This won’t always cause a jam, but material can remain within the disposal and eventually rot. This causes foul odors and makes your disposal less efficient.
- Contact Your Plumber. In the event that you encounter a problem like a severe clog or a jam in your disposal that you cannot rectify, call your local plumber. A professional plumber has the training, equipment, and experience to handle any issue you encounter.
If you would like to learn more about caring for your garbage disposal and kitchen drains, then contact Rapid Rooter at (916) 248-8783. Our plumbers can handle any clog and can help you keep your system in good condition.