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How to Keep Your Garbage Disposal Running Well

A garbage disposal is one of the most widely used and convenient appliances in a home, but it also tends to be the fixture that has the most issues and requires a house visit from a plumber. Most of the time, these issues are avoidable with proper use and care. By following some of these tips and tricks below, you can ensure smooth use and a happy disposal. Avoid putting things down the drain such as bones, grease, fat, oil, and anything made of glass, plastic or metal. If you do accidentally put anything like oil or grease down the drain, wash it down with cold water to help ensure it doesn’t accumulate and clog. Clean the inside with gentle soaps to get rid of sludge buildup on the blades and walls of the disposal. Break things up before just shoving them down the drain. This can help avoid clogs [...]

By |2019-08-30T15:05:07+00:00September 3rd, 2019|Garbage Disposals|0 Comments

What 80s Music and Your Garbage Disposal Have in Common.

If you’ve ever been Rick-Rolled, you know how easy it is to get that bastion of 80’s pop-rock stuck in your head. Today, we’re going to use that ear-worm wonder to help you remember the top eight things you should never put down your garbage disposal. If Rick Astley said he’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up,’ Roto  Rooter says you’re ‘Never Gonna Put This Down’…your garbage disposal. (Sing along!) We’re no strangers to scraps. You know the rules and so do I. That garbage disposal is your best friend But I see that pile of egg shells, and I know how it’s gonna end. I just want to warn you not to do it. Gotta make you understand! Never gonna put bones down Never gonna clog it with grease Never gonna break your blade on fruit pits Never gonna lob coffee grounds Never gonna toss tough veg Never gonna swell [...]

Garbage Disposal DIY Tips – Roto Rooter Bloomington

A garbage disposal is a relatively simple appliance that generally operates trouble-free for long periods of time. Unfortunately, however, garbage disposals do break down entirely. Sometimes, you can handle most repairs yourself by simply pushing the garbage disposal reset button. Other times, there may be a clog you need to clear out. But what causes a disposal to clog? Most often, clogs caused by how the ground food waste reacts to water or lack of water after the disposal unit has ground it up and sends it on its way into waste line. When a garbage disposer clogs, you will often find the problem is in the trap found on the waste discharge side of the disposal. This is also known as the P-Trap where the pureed food can push through to the waste system while also trapping any sewer gasses that might try to come into the home through the pipe. The [...]

By |2017-10-04T19:59:59+00:00October 4th, 2017|Garbage Disposals|0 Comments

Tales of A Plumber – Why Hire

A clogged toilet or broken water heater can ruin’s someone life; well at least from the customer’s point of view. While it’s true these situations can be disastrous, making matters worse by trying to DIY when one has no plumbing is even scarier than the clogged commode. What Goes Down With that said, most of the plumbing woos plumbers encounter on any given day are usually completely avoidable. Unfortunately, homeowners like to throw caution to the wind and they’ll flush plastic, cardboard and even super-thick Handi-Wipes down the toilet, and then wonder why it’s overflowing on the floor. Close encounters with human waste is risky business. If your toilet is clogged, please call a plumbing professional. Hairy Situation While it’s true everyone sheds hair in the shower, most people tend to forget that they need to clean their drains on a regular basis; not only when the water reaches knee [...]

Plumbing Myths

As a homeowner, there are probably a lot of things you wished you would have known before moving in. Along with the joy of homeownership comes the oftentimes overlooked possible plumbing woes that can occur. Below we’ve debunked several “myths” to help you ward off plumbing faux-pas. Myth: “My plumbing can handle all my weekend guests." Even if you can handle an overflow of house guests, but your sewer or septic system may not! This line is responsible for all waste water from your home, including the kitchen, showers, and toilets. So, if you have more people than usual staying over, and particularly if you have slow drains, make sure that you limit shower time so the lines have time to clear. You may also want to ask your guests to not flush the toilet with each use. By asking your guests to be mindful with their water usage, you [...]

Best Options When Replacing a Garbage Disposal

It’s hard not to fawn in the nostalgia of the good ole days when an average home’s garbage disposal was a wise cracking prehistoric pig beneath the sink. Unfortunately, The Flintstones has not been on the air since 1966 and times have definitely changed. The garbage disposal is a convenient but alarmingly misused tool in the kitchen. People want to dispose of larger food particles, coffee grounds, and possibly junk mail. Although convenient, this puts an unfortunate stress on an appliance that is only supposed to handle light food residue that is removed from dishes prior to being put in the dishwasher. The magic of the garbage disposal is quite fascinating, but Roto-Rooter would suggest that proper use of the appliance is the best way to ensure its longevity. The garbage disposal, could be considered the most valuable player in the kitchen, and like all the great MVPs of history, [...]

By |2017-02-02T21:46:36+00:00February 24th, 2017|Garbage Disposals|0 Comments