There is never a good time to have a plumbing drain stoppage. We often hear the comment, “Why does this always happen on a weekend when we have friends over?…… or in the evening when we’re trying to relax?……….or in the morning when we’re trying to get ready? Why now? The answer is simple……..you're using facilities that have not been properly maintained or have done something to trigger the problem. That begs the question, WHY? Why when many of these "emergencies" are so easy to avoid do we choose to ignore basic maintenance and common sense behavior that can help us avoid them? Maybe it's because we just don't know any better. Well, if you’re reading this, that excuse is about to go away. Here are some tips that you can apply to help avoid that "plumbing drain emergency".
1. To dispose of food, turn the cold water on full, turn on the disposer, then insert the food. Turn the disposal off when the food is pulverized and the grinding chamber has emptied. Turn off the water. 2. Be sure your disposal is in good condition. Worn cutter blades will not efficiently pulverize the food and will cause problems. If your disposal is more than 5 years old, ask your plumber to inspect it for wear. 3. Don’t pour grease into drain……..use a separate container. Once the grease hardens, you can throw it in the trash.