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Garbage Disposal Maintenance

Posted by Ray on March 9, 2012 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

How to Clean a Garbage Disposal

Cleaning your garbage disposal is a quick and easy way to help keep your kitchen smelling fresh and your sink drain working properly. Although well-maintained garbage disposals that are used correctly should generally clean themselves, the following tips will help keep your garbage disposal in tip-top shape.

1. Cleaning the Garbage Disposal

Most garbage disposals are made of a metal cylinder equipped with rotating impellers. Many newer units include a series of grinders on the sides or bottom of the metal cylinder that grind down the contents of the garbage disposal. In either case, the insides of a disposal can quickly become covered with sludge and debris. No matter how hard you try to protect your disposal, items unsuitable for disposing will find their way down your drain. Glass, metal, rubber objects or highly fibrous food materials like cornhusks, shrimp shells, peach pits, artichoke leaves or large bones will need to be physically removed from the disposal. In all cases, items that become lodged or left within your disposal will breed odor-causing bacteria and compromise the performance of your garbage disposal and drain. There are a few ways to clean sludge and debris:

Clearing Items Out of the Garbage Disposal

Safety is important when clearing your garbage disposal. Before you start, be sure to turn off the fuse that regulates power to your garbage disposal to ensure there is no chance for the unit to turn on while you're clearing it. Using tongs or pliers, you may be able to remove any non-disposable items stuck inside your garbage disposal. You should try to avoid sticking your hands inside of the disposer, but if it becomes necessary to use your hands, be sure that the power to the unit is disabled.

Cleaning the Grinding Elements Using Ice and Rock Salt

You can combine two cups of ice cubes and a cup of rock salt to make a great cure for malodorous garbage disposals. Fill the garbage disposal with the ice cubes and then pour the salt over the ice cubes. Run cold water and turn on the garbage disposal for approximately 5-10 seconds. The combination of ice and rock salt will help knock sludge and debris off of the grinding elements so that they can make their way down the drain. If you don't happen to have rock salt, substituting a cup of vinegar will also work.

2. Clearing the Drain Line

Good general garbage disposer maintenance includes a periodic purging of the drain line leading from the garbage disposal. You should also purge the line after removing sludge and debris because it ensures that all dislodged items make their way down the drain. This can be accomplished by plugging your drain, filling your sink with 2-4 inches of water and then removing the drain plug and turning on the garbage disposal. Then all of the collected water gets pulled through the line. In addition to being a part of good maintenance, you should also clear your drain line each time after you dispose of particularly fibrous foods. It will help ensure that all of the food particles make their way down the drain.

3. Freshening up your Garbage Disposal Using Citrus Peels

After you've cleared and cleaned your garbage disposal, you can use citrus peels (oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit) to help freshen up your sink. Put a handful of citrus peels into your garbage disposal, run the cold water and turn on the disposal. The citric acid will help deodorize your disposer and leave your kitchen smelling fresh.

It's especially a good idea to clean your garbage disposal before you leave your house for a few days. Having food, sludge and debris sitting in a moist garbage disposal that isn't being used is a sure fire recipe for breeding odor-causing bacteria. Following these easy steps will help keep your garbage disposal working properly and your kitchen sink smelling clean.

Published by Ray On  Friday, March 9th, 2012 6:30 AM

Choosing Plumbing Services For Your Home In Antioch, Ca.

Posted by Ray on March 6, 2012 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

A home is a very important investment. While it is an asset to you there are also expenses associated with maintaining it in proper working order. When you have plumbing issues you need them to be solved quickly and efficiently. But how do you choose plumbing services for your home when there are so many avenues you could take.

You could go the route of do-it-yourself and risk making the problem worse, or you could ask a friend who knows something about this type of repair. But what about the expense associated with any repairs that are not done to standard. You could end up paying more in the long run.

This is why it is important to choose a professional plumber who has been in the business for a number of years. A professional will be able to assess the problem and find the right solution every time. They are trained and licensed to provide professional services, and the cost of having the repairs done professionally will be a lot less than trying other methods to solve your problem.

When choosing a company to work with check to see if they are licensed and bonded. This is a quality guarantee that the work performed will be done up to standard and if anything goes wrong they have insurance to cover it. The company should always display their license number and tell you whether they are bonded. Checking with the BBB is always a good idea in case any complaints have been filed against the company you are considering.

All of the repair company’s staff should be friendly and experienced to deal with any type of problem that you may have. They should be able to explain the repair process and give you a written estimate of the cost of the repairs. They should not perform any work without a written estimate or without permission.

With this estimate you know first hand approximately how much you are going to pay and the final cost should not be much more than what was originally stated. Since you have the price in writing it is almost like a guaranteed price cap that the repair service cannot go too much over what they have estimated to you.

When they begin the repair work, if they find any other problems they should explain this to you and give you another estimate of the cost. The new estimate will override the old estimate. Before they begin on any additional repair work they must have permission to do so.

Make sure that before you sign the contract and allow the work to be performed you have done your research on the company and its background. This will be very important to know that you have a good repair service that offers fair and reasonable pricing. Compare the cost after you get an estimate with other companies and see who will offer you the best deal on the repair service. Do not solely choose a repair company based on cost, sometimes the cheaper the price the cheaper the service.

Posted By Ray  Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 07:25 AM