THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF YOUR DISPOSAL

Let’s face it, your garbage disposal is a saving grace in your household. You use it every day. But, are you using it correctly? If you are using your kitchen garbage disposal as a second trash can, I can assure you, you are not using it as it is intended. Yes, your kitchen disposal is for routine dinner cleanup, but there are restrictions on what you can actually put down your kitchen sink.

Believe it or not, food can cause a clog in your kitchen sink. Greasy, or fatty, foods have oil on them, which will stick to your kitchen piping. When oils cool in your pipes, they create obstructions that will continue to grow as additional food is pushed down the disposal. Food particles will latch onto the established mass, creating larger pipe clogs that water won’t be able to pass through.

When this happens, your drain will stop working, and your water waste will begin to collect in the basin of your sink. To prevent a clogged kitchen disposal, follow these tips on what you can, and what you absolutely cannot, put down your kitchen’s garbage disposal.

IT IS A-OKAY TO PUT THESE DOWN YOUR GARBAGE DISPOSAL:

  1. Citrus Rinds

  2. Scraps of Cooked Meat

  3. Fruit Scraps Without Peels

  4. Vegetable Scraps Without Peels

DO NOT PUT THESE DOWN YOUR GARBAGE DISPOSAL:

Coffee Grounds

Just don’t do it. Think about it–after your morning brew, what happens to the coffee grounds in your filter? They clump together and become dense, and they will do the same in your pipes, once they contact water. A sever clog can form as a result.

Pasta, Grains, Other Starches

Water causes pasta, and other starches, to expand; hence, placing starch down your disposal is an easy way to clog your kitchen sink. Even uncooked starches can, and will, expand in your pipes until your wastewater has nowhere to go but back up.

Bones from Chicken, Fish, or Meat

This one, we think, is pretty self-explanatory–your disposal cannot grind large bones. If the occasional small poultry bone falls down your garbage disposal it should be okay, but large food bones should not, under any circumstance, make their way down your disposal. They will wither break your garbage disposal’s blades, or clog your kitchen sink.

Nuts

If you dump nuts down your disposal, stop. Nuts, when ground up and spun, turn into thick pastes. And, as your garbage disposal both grinds and spins, when you put nuts down your disposal you are creating a peanut-butter like substance that sticks to your pipes. Food scraps will get stuck to this substance until you have a serious clog. It’s best to throw unwanted nuts into your kitchen trash can.

Onion Skins

The outer most layer of an onion, the part people usually throw down their disposals, is a common drain clogging culprit. The membrane-like layer is so thin it misses your disposal blades, and then acts as a perfect net to catch and collect food within your pipes, of course blocking the flow of water.

Egg Shells

Beneath an egg’s shell, a thin membrane exists that will act as an automatic trap for food coming down your disposal. This parallels the same issue as onion skins, so keep your eggshells out of your disposal.

Fibrous Vegetables

Keep vegetables like corn and celery from going down your garbage disposal. The stringy strands that you peel off of celery and other fibrous vegetables can clump up in your disposal and, you guessed it, cause a serious pipe-blocking clog.

Potato Peels

When is the last time you peeled only one potato? Probably never. Most recipes call for multiple potatoes, and I’m sure, like most, you peel them into your sink and then attempt to shove the peels down the disposal. This is a great technique if your goal is to create a piping disaster. If you overload your disposal, it will jam, and you will need professional plumbing and drain assistance.

Fruit Pits

Follow this simple rule–if you can’t cut the pit in with a dull knife, it has no business going down your disposal. If you throw hard fruit pits into your kitchen disposal, it will cause permanent damage, and you will need an entirely new system.

Cleaning Chemicals

Industrial-grade drain cleaners will damage your disposal, causing extreme wear and tear. If you need to clean your kitchen disposal, use ice cubes and generic dish soap. This combination will reduce odors, clean your blades, and break up grease stuck in your system.

Paint

This is a big disposal “no-no”. Paint is a thick, sticky substance. Keep it out of your disposal. It can harden in your pipes and on your blades, preventing them from functioning properly.

Seafood Shells

Seafood shells from lobsters, crabs, and oysters are very dense, and will not be successfully ground by your garbage disposal. Smaller shells, such as shrimp tails, can also catch in your drain. It’s best to drop all seafood shells into your trash.

If your garbage disposal needs service, call Gold Medal Plumbing and Drain, at (416) 800-6264, for a thorough professional disposal diagnosis and repair. 

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HOW TO CUT PLUMBING COSTS WHEN REMODELING

We all love a good remodel. From before and after pictures, to the process itself, we have all happily succumbed and joined the HGTV generation obsessed with home renovation. However, HGTV has painted an inaccurate, yet pleasing, picture of the cost and time it takes to remodel a home. So, when you decide to take on the most important home renovation of all time—yours—you are met with the shocking reality that remodels encounter obstacles that oftentimes derail your plan and your budget. We don’t want this happening to you, so we are here to help!

Achieve your ideal home without the worry of going over-budget without Gold Medal Plumbing renovation tips. Follow our cost-saving plumbing recommendations to keep your reno on budget, on time, and on par with your expectations.

DO NOT MAKE CHANGES TO YOUR PLUMBING FOOTPRINT

Once you give us your plumbing plans, don’t change them. Altering your plumbing footprint will increase the cost of your overall renovation, not to mention obliterate your original remodel timeline. Moving water supplies, drain pipes, sewer pipes, and vent stacks are big-ticket items that will put a dent in your budget, especially if you change your mind after they have been installed.

If you are remodeling your bathroom, try to keep your shower, sink, and toilet in, or around, the same spot you had it previously. This will save in costs, as plumbers won’t have to tear up your floors, and walls, to move your main water and sewer sources. The same goes for a kitchen remodel. Keep your dishwasher and sink in the same place you had it before, and you will drastically save.

USE PEX PIPING INSTEAD OF COPPER PIPING

When it comes to piping, there is not much you can do about labor costs. Installing, moving, or updating piping will, on average, cost the same from plumber to plumber. However, you can control what materials you use in your remodel. PEX piping is the way to go when you want to save money. Instead of using copper piping, which is expensive, install strong plastic piping, or PEX piping. It costs two-thirds of the price of copper piping.

USE CRIMP-FIT OVER PUSH-FIT COUPLINGS

With your new PEX piping, choose crimp fit couplings. When repiping, pipes are reconfigured and require new bonding tools and materials. When putting two pipes together, there are two options: crimp-fit couplings and push-fit couplings. Crimp-fit couplings are ten times less expensive than push-fit couplings because they require a plumber to use a crimping tool to squeeze a copper ring on one pipe over a copper fitting on a partnering pipe to ensure the two pipes are securely fastened together, rather than automatically connecting.

You may think labor will be more expensive with this type of installation; however, most plumbers can install crimp-fit couplings just as fast as push-fit couplings. So, go with the less expensive option here–it is just as safe and just as good as the more expensive choice. It will save you a ton of money on material costs.

SCHEDULE YOUR PLUMBING RENOVATION

You want a plumbing contractor, not an emergency plumber, and here’s why. Calling an emergency plumbing line for a planned remodel will cost you loads more than scheduling and hiring a professional plumbing contractor. When you hire an emergency plumber, you are paying a premium for immediate service. When planning a remodel, think about scheduling your plumber in advance. Even though most plumbing companies do both emergency and scheduled repairs and renovations, you should still hire a professional for your job ahead of time. Your remodel budget will thank you.

For all your plumbing remodel needs contact Gold Medal Plumbing and Drain, at (416) 800-6264, for budget-friendly renovation services.

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