This time of year sees some of the busiest days of the year for plumbers, according to the Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors Association. Every year, without fail, a record number of homeowners call their trusted plumbers with reports of drain and disposal failure.
With that in mind, here are some helpful, kitchen maintenance tips to keep your kitchen running smoothly until its barbecue season!
- Know Your Garbage Disposal and more importantly his enemies. That list may include: artichokes, asparagus, bones, carrots, celery, corn husks, glass, metal or plastic objects, gravy, large fruit pits, oil, onions, oyster or clam shells, potatoes, rice and stuffing.
- Hit The Reset Button: All garbage disposals have a reset button. Typically this is located on the disposal itself under the sink. Simply pressing this little reset button can often make your disposal hum again.
- Run Water Run! Make sure water is running before and after you use your disposal. Running water before you turn on the unit and during the time it is grinding is important because disposals are made to run wet, not dry. Once the disposal is turned off, you should continue to run water for a few seconds. This to get the debris washed out of your pipes and into the municipal sewer system.