Every homeowner or housing manager knows the necessity of having a 24-hour plumbing service provider on standby. Plumbing systems are never perfect, and addressing issues as soon as they arise prevents more expensive and detrimental problems from developing. Common everyday problems in the kitchen like clogged drains and dripping faucets can lead to more substantial issues in the long run. Understanding why these things happen and the importance of fixing them quickly will extend the life and improve the function of your kitchen and whole house plumbing system.
Why do kitchen drains get clogged?
Drains can become clogged for many reasons. In most cases, it is a neglectful action, like putting something down the drain and then trying to fix the problem with harmful chemicals. In most cases, any substance that has an oily residue or stringy appearance can cause a clog, including:
- Cooking oil
- Soap residue
- Corn husks
On occasion, the problem could be linked to trying to drain water that contains chunks of food in it. In rare circumstances, a drain is clogged from an outside force, like a branch growing through the drainage pipe preventing emptying. A 24-hour plumber can determine the cause of a clogged drain and provide a solution in a timely manner so water backup does not occur.
Why is the garbage disposal not working properly?
Garbage disposals can cease to work if they are not used properly or if something becomes lodged in the mechanisms. It is important to remember to always run water when using garbage disposal so the ground-up waste moves on down the drain rather than sitting in the same place, causing clogs or odors. Most biodegradable food shavings and clippings can safely be disposed of, but smaller pieces are best and put less of a strain on the disposer. Harder food items like eggshells and crab shells should not be disposed of in this method, as they could potentially break the disposer. Avoid pouring cooking oil or meat fat down the drain, even though some people say the garbage disposal takes care of it. Any fat residue can collect in the drain pipes. Before turning on the garbage disposal, always check for metal spoons and forks or other non-food items that may have fallen into the hole. If any of these guidelines are not followed, it is likely that a garbage disposal will experience some problems and fail to work properly.
Can a garbage disposal jam be taken care of without a professional?
If a light is shone into the disposal drain and it reveals something large, like a spoon, is lodged, it may be removable without the help of a professional by using a wrench to knock it loose and pull it out. If it does not appear that anything easily removable is in the drain, avoid using the disposer until a 24-hour plumbing service provider can help. Using a defective garbage disposal can put people nearby at risk of projected items or it can cause issues with a home’s electrical system.
Call us right away
If you have questions or concerns regarding your kitchen plumbing system, do not hesitate to call a plumber for help. We can provide you with immediate answers and a high-quality, 24-hour plumbing service as soon as you need it.
Call (325) 268-5106 today to reach Bevills Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.