There are many practices and tips to help keep your kitchen plumbing in peak condition. When you have a catastrophic problem (leaking pipes, broken dishwasher, etc.), the professionals at Vancouver Plumbing can diagnose and repair any problem.
By following manufacturers instructions and with proper use, your garbage disposer will need little maintenance.
- Always run cold water at least 15 seconds before and after using the disposer to thoroughly rinse all food particles
- Never pour hot grease in the disposer; it will ultimately cool and solidify, causing a blockage
- Always wipe congealed grease from pots, pans or dishes with a paper towel and discard in trash
- Never put fibrous food items in the disposer (carrots, celery, chicken skin, banana peels, etc.)
- To remove foul odors from your disposer, grind ice cubes with citrus rinds (orange, lemon, etc.) for at least 30 seconds
- With disposer running, squirt a couple drops of dish liquid in and allow to run at least 30 seconds
- If the disposer stops running, turn power off and make certain the unit is plugged in. Press the reset switch on the disposer and switch back on. If unit still does not work, call Vancouver Plumbers for repair or replacement.
The one thing you can repair yourself with the kitchen sink is the faucet aerator. If you notice a drop in water pressure or leaks around the faucet or sprayer, the aerator could be plugged with particulate. To clean:
- Unscrew the aerator from the faucet using pliers. Wrap masking tape either on the aerator or on the teeth of the pliers to prevent damaging the aerator.
- Dissemble the aerator; place each part on a paper towel in order of assembly
- Use an old toothbrush dipped in vinegar to dissolve and remove sediment
- Reassemble aerator and replace on faucet