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Garbage disposals are an integral part of today’s kitchen! But have you ever wondered why a garbage disposal can’t handle garbage? Maybe you aren’t using it right. What?! you say! Yes there is proper use for a garbage disposal and before you use and abuse yours this holiday season… read on!
First, garbage disposals are beneficial in a number of ways. So let’s talk about that first.
Using a garbage disposal to eliminate food waste can cut down on the amount of bags of trash generated by a household. This can save you money in what you spend to purchase trash bags and in the cost of city trash removal.
Stinky trash is primarily cashed by food waste. Using a garbage disposal helps to eliminate unpleasant smells in the home.
Eliminates Sink Waste
Sinks that are used for washing dishes can become clogged with food waste. Garbage disposals help to eliminate sink waste.
Eliminates Clogged Drains
Because garbage disposals allow you to easily dispose of food waste in sinks, they help to avoid the clogged drains that can sometimes result from accumulated food particles.
So the bottom line is that garbage disposals save time and money
Garbage disposals allow homeowners to quickly dispose of food waste, and help them to avoid time-consuming and potentially costly repairs to clogged sink drains. By reducing household waste, garbage disposals help homeowners save money on trash bags and trash removal services.
But there is a reason plumbing companies, like ours, find the day after Thanksgiving is one of our busiest days for drain cleaning service! Using your disposal for too much garbage and for large amounts of “food disposal” can create long term problems. Here are some hints and tips to keep your drains clear during the holidays:
• Run a LOT of COLD water down the drain until the disposal completely clears all waste.
• Feed only SMALL bits of food down the disposal SLOWLY. A garbage disposal is meant to run when rinsing dishes in the sink. It chops up the small pieces of garbage left behind, so that your drain doesn’t clog.
• Allow the disposal to clear & drain completely before adding more food scraps.
• Do not put hard objects (such as cherry pits, pieces of plastic, etc” into the disposer. They can jam the mechanism and make an awful noise and even cause breakage.
• It is not recommended to reach down inside the disposer with your hand as you may risk serious injury.
To maintain your disposal:
• Put ice cubes in the disposal to sharpen the blades between uses or about every two weeks. You can also add one cup of rock salt, which boosts the sharpening effect and dissolves easily.
• A popular, but ill-advised cleaning tip is to put bleach and other chemicals to clear clogs and freshen odors. These chemicals can do damage to the disposer mechanism and should not be used. Instead, use Bio- Clean to eliminate odors and maintain clear drains lines all year round.
• Use a specially designed disposal brush to remove hard to reach deposits that cause odors and food build- up
• Grind up citrus fruits in disposal for a fresh citrus smell
Disposers wear out over time or become damaged by foreign objects – like silverware that get caught in the machine. Should this occur, or if your drain becomes clogged or maybe you are looking to replace your garbage disposal call the professionals at Brothers Plumbing, Heating & Electric!
And for the month of November ONLY bundle and save 25% when you give your kitchen sink a makeover:
• New Kitchen Sink Faucet
• New Garbage Disposal
• New Drain Pipes Underneath
Call 303-451-5057 to schedule an appointment! Your guests will be begging to do the dishes this holiday season!
Let me know if you have questions.
Human Resource/Marketing Manager
Brothers Plumbing, Heating & Electric
12249 Pennsylvania Street
Thornton, CO 80241
Lots of American households are seeing the benefit of making their homes as environmentally friendly as possible. Through more energy efficient home devices and regular maintenance and upkeep, it’s possible to keep your plumbing system in good, working order and cut down on your water bill.
Here are some easy tips to go green.
1. Keep Your Drains Unclogged and in Good Shape.
Make sure that your drains are in good working order. Clogged drains become inefficient. Use biodegradable soaps and detergents to keep your system healthy, and avoid cleaners with harsh chemicals that can damage your pipes.
2. Swap Standard Light Bulbs with CFL Bulbs.
CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs) bulbs last a lot longer than a standard incandescent light bulb and use 75% – 80% less energy. The great thing about a CFL is they provide the same amount of light.
Here’s a quick comparison:
*Incandescent light bulbs can last 750 – 3,000 hours
*CFL bulbs last an average of 10,000 – 12,000 hours
3. Switch to a Low Flush Toilet.
Older household appliances were built less with energy efficiency in mind. Toilets made before 1992 typically use up to 3.5 gallons of water each time they’re flushed. By having a low-flush toilet installed, you’ll use less than half that amount of water because you can choose between two flush options: a lower flow for liquid waste and a higher flush option (still less than 3.5 gallons) for solid waste.
4. Install a Low-flow Shower Head
We’ve talked about the benefits of a low-flow shower head before, and that’s because it’s one of the quickest and easiest ways to conserve water in your home. The latest low-flow shower head models can save you around 7.5 gallons of water each minute and don’t cut down on water pressure.
5. Periodically Check for Plumbing Leaks.
Chances are, if you have a leak it’s probably not going to be in an exposed area. It’s likely to be in your basement or in the plumbing between the street and your house, or other less used plumbing areas in your house. A good way to check is to walk around your house looking and feeling for wet spots.
6. Replace a Leaky Faucet.
A leaky faucet that drips water all day can waste up to 150 gallons in a day. Combat this by repairing or replacing leaky faucets as soon as they’re noticed. This can save up to a shocking 4,500 gallons of water per month – a huge savings on your water bill and on the environment.
7. Install a Faucet Aerator to Lower Your Water Usage .
A 1.0 gpm aerator uses 55% less water than a standard 2.2 gpm aerator without reducing water pressure. This is one of the easiest and economical ways to cut down your water bill each year. Many times you can save 13,000 gallons of water a year by installing a facet aerator. That could be a savings of over $100 a year!
By taking a small, concerted effort, it’s easy to make your plumbing system more efficient and effective. And by keeping you system in good shape and updating household appliances like toilets, shower heads, and washers, you can make a serious dent in your yearly water consumption. Don’t overlook the small changes that make a big difference – it can save you the cash in your wallet and the environment.
We want to help you in saving water and energy. We are offering a ENERGY SAVINGS PACKAGE for only $32! It’s retail value is $80! Now that’s some energy savings!
You will get:
+1.5 gpm Shower Head
+1.0 gpm Faucet Aerator
+1 Energy Efficient CFL Light Bulb
+2 lb. can of Bio-Clean (drain cleaning product)
Energy Savings Package purchase price does not include installation, shipping or delivery. Extra charges will apply. However, if other work is completed, the package and installation will be FREE at no charge. Some restrictions may apply.
Call us today at 303.451.5057 to schedule your appointment! Will you please mention F0212 when calling? Thank you!