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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TIPS ON PREVENTING BLOCKED DRAINS

Maintaining your drains and ensuring that there is no blockage can not only save you from future repair costs but also promotes a healthy home environment for you and your family. When a drain bursts, water damage is always intense and difficult to handle, incurring you with many costs to repair your drain and restore any damaged material or property, which may also be harmful to your family.

Drain cleaning Toronto services can fully clean out your entire drainage system and ensure that there is no risk of bursts or blockages, in order to guarantee the safety and well being of your loved ones.

Use Hot Water to Help Clear Your Drain System

When you see a drop in the performance of your drain, this means that there is some sort of build up of material in your pipes. Using warm to boiling water can increase the chances of your drain unblocking, as hot water helps to soften any residue or material that is causing the clog. If this does not work, call drain cleaning services in Oakville for quick assistance, as the problem may be more serious than you think!

Use Baking Soda to Help Clean Your Drain

Many households drop sticky substances into their drains, which attracts residue and may eventually block the drain passageway. Baking soda can be helpful in cleaning up these sticky substances and clearing up the passages. Baking soda will also help absorb any bad odors and works as a cleaning agent in order to keep your drain working efficiently.

Call a Professional

If the drain has busted or your pipes are leaking, you must call an emergency plumber in Toronto. Replacing your pipe is not a DIY role, as it may cause more harm than good! You need a professional that will examine your drain, offer the proper services and execute the proper procedures to restore your drain.

To conclude, regular maintenance can help ensure your drain system is perfect and reliable. Always remember to keep dirt residue off of your sinks and prevent hair build-up. Running hot water down your drain regularly and adding vinegar to the mixture can also help prevent debris build-up.

For all your plumbing needs, contact Gold Medal Plumbing and Drain. We are the trusted name in drain cleaning and plumbing services.

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TOP 3 REASONS FOR WATER AND DRAINS THAT STINK

When plumbing is done right, it gives you years of fuss-free operation where water and other waste go down, stay down, and never bother you again. But even the best job in the world can fall victim to aging or changes in a home, and sometimes things go wrong.

One of the issues that can crop up unexpectedly is a bad smell coming from your plumbing. This is an issue that you should not ignore, the way some might tolerate a leaking faucet. An unpleasant odor means there is something that poses a possible health risk somewhere in your plumbing, and you need to stop it before it gets worse.

Fortunately, some of the causes of these smells have simple solutions.

SEWER GAS COMING UP YOUR DRAIN

It’s normal for sewer gas to drift throughout a network of pipes.

After all, sewer gas is itself just another type of gas, like oxygen, and can go where it pleases.

Normally, however, it doesn’t manage to enter your home through the drain where you can smell it.

The reason for that is the p-trap, which is the series of bends in the pipe directly under a sink.

The p-trap is built such that a layer of water stays in the pipe, and this acts as a barrier against gases.

If it dries out or is sucked away because of air pressure from water movement in other parts of the house plumbing, you can just pour in more water to restore the barrier.

BACTERIA IN YOUR WATER HEATER TANK

If you’re still using a tank to heat your water, the temperature setting can sometimes be low enough to provide a warm, nurturing environment if the right type of bacteria should enter your plumbing. This makes sense, as a water heater tank is dark and provides a safe, protected area.

So if the warmth in your water heater is “just right,” this is a perfect spot for an infestation.

Fortunately, bacteria aren’t that hardy, so you don’t have to worry about scalding yourself just to get rid of germs that have taken up residence in a tank. If you can manage to adjust the temperature to something in the neighborhood of 55-60°C, that should kill off the bacteria.

SMELLS FROM WITHIN YOUR SEWER LINE

If it’s not a p-trap problem or a water tank problem, you might have an issue somewhere along the sewer line itself.

Things get more nebulous here as the sewer line has more potential places for issues to crop up, and the severity of those issues can vary from simple things that you can still solve yourself to much bigger problems.

For example, if it’s a matter of blocked ventilation, then you might just need to go outside, check your sewer vent, and clear off leaves, a bird’s nest, or whatever is obstructing the flow to allow gas to escape again.

If you have a break in your sewer line or a partial blockage, you won’t even know what the exact problem is until a professional conducts an inspection.

 

If your drain needs cleaning or repair, contact Gold Medal Plumbing and Drain. We are Mississauga’s trusted plumbers.

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  • Tim Swei

    After the job was completely they got on their knees, cleaned and wiped the entire area clean, which I thought was very thoughtful.

  • Mike A.

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  • Jason F.

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  • Andrew N.

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  • Anya P

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