The winter holidays are upon us - meaning more time in the kitchen, more guests in the home and a greater strain on your home's plumbing.
This additional use is especially stressful on kitchen fixtures, such as the garbage disposal. However, a few simple tips can help keep your disposal in proper working order throughout the holiday season.
- Use the disposal properly. Run cold water before turning on the disposal and keep it running until after all of the food is gone.
- Don't overload the disposal. Avoid sending large pieces of food through they system. Either cut them into smaller chunks or put these items in the trash.
- Avoid putting glass, rubber, bones or celery into the disposal as these items can damage the blades.
- Run your disposal frequently to keep the blades from rusting.
To avoid other plumbing emergencies, make sure to address any strange sounds or backups before they turn into bigger problems. It is a good idea to have a plunger on hand to combat sink, tub and toilet clogs.
In case of a real plumbing problem, make certain you are aware of the location of your shut off valve and have the number for a good local plumber.
Should any plumbing issues arise, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing is here to help. Call 775-857-3333 now to schedule a safe, courteous, on-time plumber!