Summer Plumbing Problems

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Image courtesy of pupunkkop at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

With the news media reminding us each of every year, it is fairly well known that significant problems, such as frozen and bursting pipes, can be brought on by winter weather.  However, what you may not know is that there are several plumbing problems that happen more commonly in the summer months than any other time of year.

The first plumbing issue that arises more often in the summer is a clogged garbage disposal.  First, the disposal tends to get a tougher workout in the summer months, when you are more likely to be entertaining at home.  Second, summer fruit and vegetable remains such as watermelon rinds and corn husks can wreak havoc on the blades of the disposal.  Finally, you may be making the mistake of dumping dirty grease down the sink after grilling out, which will coat the blades and cause buildup on them.  Be sure to run cold water before and after using the disposal to help clear out the food.  Grinding some ice cubes can help to remove any buildup on the blades.

Another thing you may find breaks down more frequently in the summer is your washing machine.  Between the kids being home from school, trips to the beach and the pool, and summer vacations, you may find yourself doing twice as much laundry as usual.  It’s advisable to only run the washing machine when you are home, so you can stop the cycle immediately if you notice any problems.

Finally, a third plumbing issue that often arises in the summer is sewer line backups.  If you live in an area with excessive rainfall, it can cause damage to the pipes in two ways.  First, any shifting soil around the pipes can cause them to crack.  Next, once the cracks occur, excess rainwater can seep in through them, thereby causing the sewer line to back up.  If you discover water backing up into any drain in your home, you should call a licensed plumber immediately.

Don’t Put These Items in Your Garbage Disposal

Get to know more about what doesn’t belong in your garbage disposal!

potato skins can clog disposals

It is estimated that 50% of American households own garbage disposals.  If you have one in your home, you appreciate just how much it speeds the process of cleaning up after a meal.  As we head towards the holidays, where you may find yourself entertaining more and cooking seasonal foods you don’t normally make during the year, it is a good time to refresh yourself on things you should not place in your disposal if you want to keep it running smoothly.

First and foremost, the garbage disposal is meant to handle only biodegradable food items.  This eliminates glass, plastic, metal, paper, matches, and cigarette butts.  However, even some food items are off limits as well. [Read more…]

Maintaining Your Garbage Disposal

Take care of your garbage disposal today to prevent further issues

garbage disposal maintenance
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General Electric first introduced the garbage disposal to American homes in 1935.  Today, it is estimated that 50% of U.S. households have one.  If yours is one of them, it is certain that the garbage disposal is among your favorite time-saving devices when tackling chores.  However, to keep your garbage disposal running in peak form requires some maintenance steps on your part.  Once a garbage disposal breaks down, it can block and clog drains and pipes, and these issues will require a plumber to fix. [Read more…]

What are the benefits of having a garbage disposal?

The benefits of owning a garbage disposal unit.

 

Garbage DisposalInstalling a garbage disposal unit in your home kitchen is an added value to your home. Many modern homes are now equipped with these very affordable units. If your home doesn’t have one you might consider installing one. There are quite a few reasons one might decide that having a garbage disposal unit is a good idea.

The first reason for installing a new unit in your kitchen is probably the most obvious one. The simple convenience of having a garbage disposal unit in your sink will save you a lot of time when dealing with food waste. Having a disposal means you no longer have to worry about where you are going to put that yucky leftover food that was on your plate. You simply turn on the water and then the disposal and that food waste is gone in a matter of seconds. You can’t get more convenient than that.

The second reason and one you might not have thought about is it could save you a ton of money in the long run. Most people rinse their plates in the sink before putting them in the dishwasher and often time’s food particles get washed down the drain. Over time these particles can build up in your drain lines and cause major clogs. A major clog means calling an expensive plumber to come and fix your drains. If you had a garbage disposal unit installed in your sink, this would reduce the risk of getting clogs because you could chop up the food particles into tiny pieces so they can easily wash down the drain.

The third reason and another one you might not have thought about is the reduced food waste you will be putting into your local landfill. This will help cut down on your foot print on the Earth and save space in the landfill for other items that can’t be reduced or recycled.

These are all great reason to install a garbage disposal unit in your kitchen. Installing the unit is really easy and can often be done by the home owner. If you don’t have one in your home, why not look into getting one today?

Are you interested in installing a garbage disposal in your Marietta home? Call Pell Plumbing at (770) 499-2006 and get started today!

Why is my garbage disposal not working?

Reasons why your garbage disposal gets jammed

 

Marietta Garbage-Disposal-ServicesThere are any number of reasons why your garbage disposal gets jammed. One reason is that the wrong type of item falls in by accident. For example, a piece of silverware, such as a fork or knife, may get into your garbage disposal as you fill the sink with dirty dishes after dinner. Perhaps a plate or glass breaks in the sink and a piece of the broken item falls in. Either one of these can grind the gears in your garbage disposal and cause a nasty jam.

Another reason your garbage disposal can get jammed is that someone places an inappropriate article in it deliberately. Hopefully the adults in your household wouldn’t do such a thing! Most likely though, if your garbage disposal gets stuck and you have a young child, you may find a doll’s arm or plastic soldier wedged in there, causing the jam.

Hard water and a lack of cleaning can also cause your garbage disposal to jam. Hard water may leave mineral deposits on the working parts of your garbage disposal. These deposits can be cleaned by pouring vinegar down your garbage disposal on a regular basis (check with the manufacturer first, however). Over time, the mineral deposits can become heavy enough to cause your garbage disposal to grind to a halt, literally.

Arguably the most common way to jam a garbage disposal is simply by putting too many items in it. Like anything else, your garbage disposal has a limit to how much it can handle at any one time. Think of your washing machine with a load that is too large. In the same way, by placing too much food at one time in your garbage disposal, you may find that it jams frequently.

These are just a few of the reasons why you garbage disposal gets jammed. With a little bit of care, you can avoid trouble with your garbage disposal and more importantly, you can avoid an unnecessary repair bill.

Is the garbage disposal in your Marietta home acting up? Call Pell Plumbing at (770) 499-2006 and schedule a service call today!