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How to Prevent a Garbage Disposal Disaster on Thanksgiving

How to Prevent a Garbage Disposal Disaster on Thanksgiving

In order to ensure the Thanksgiving holiday goes great, it's important to do everything possible to Turkey keep the garbage disposal working well. After all, the last thing that's needed on this family holiday is having to call a Temecula plumber to unclog the pipes or replace some broken blades that resulted from carelessness.

But unfortunately, this is what often happens each year, as families get together to celebrate and be thankful for who and what they have in life. To make sure your celebration goes well, here are some common sense tips anyone can follow to keep their garbage disposal in top shape.

Avoid Coffee Grounds

While many people choose to use coffee grounds in their disposals as a way to eliminate odors, the negatives often outweigh the positives when doing so. While the odors may be gone, the pipes may be getting clogged up with the grounds, resulting in a call to a plumber for help. Along with the pipes getting clogged, the drain may also become clogged, giving the plumber even more work to do and guaranteeing you an even higher repair bill.

Toss Potato Peelings in the Trashcan

Potato peelings may look harmless, but to a garbage disposal they are anything but that. While they may be able to be ground up, the starch contained in the peelings will almost always turn to a thick paste when hit with a steady flow of water.

When this happens, the paste will start to accumulate within pipes and drains, setting up much like concrete. If this happens, the disposal will not be able to be used until the clog is cleared by a plumber. In addition to clogging the pipes of your Temecula home, the paste may also clog blades and gears, causing damage to these parts as well. In some cases, the damage is so severe the disposal can only be replaced instead of repaired.

No Drain Cleaner

When a clog presents itself or it's time to clean the disposal, many people think drain cleaner is the answer. But contrary to popular belief, it's usually the wrong answer in this case. Drain cleaners, along with bleach, contain very harsh chemicals that will cause severe damage to the gears and motor of the disposal.

Along with this, the blades may also get damaged and the pipes may develop corrosion and begin to leak. To clean the disposal, natural cleaners like Borax usually work the best.

Don't get clogged up this Thanksgiving in your Temecula, CA home, call 24-7 Plumbing and Drain Cleaning today at (951) 338-9844.

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