How to Prolong the Life of Your Garbage Disposal

garbage disposalThe garbage disposal is probably one of your favorite kitchen appliances. It makes cooking and cleanup much easier, and most of us would probably be lost without it. That being said, you want your garbage disposal to last as long as possible. Luckily, we have some tips to make sure you get the most out of this appliance.

Be Mindful of What You’re Using it For

While it’s true that the garbage disposal is great for grinding up organic waste, it’s not indestructible and some foods could actually damage or jam it. Fibrous veggies, like celery, can become tangled in the impeller. Grease and oils are also bad for the disposal, because they eventually solidify. Lastly, fruit pits can also cause serious damage.

Clean it Out

Occasionally, you should try to remove anything that might get caught in the impeller. You can do this by pouring boiling water down the drain. However, don’t use boiling water when the garbage disposal is actually on and grinding food waste. If the disposal is in use, cool water is best to loosen up stuck foods.

Don’t Put Off Repairs

If you’re garbage disposal is acting up, don’t put off the repairs until “you have time.” As soon as the garbage disposal seems to be making strange noises or humming more than usual, stop using it and call a plumber who’s familiar with garbage disposal repair.

If you’re in need of garbage disposal repair, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Conserve Water by Fixing Leaky Faucets

leaky faucetThe next time you put off repairing a leaky faucet, try and imagine the water is actually money going right down the drain. Although that may not be physically true, you’ll find that it is true financially. You’ll be amazed by how much that little drip could be costing you, and by the damage it could cause.

Faucets account for more than 15% of indoor household water use, which equates to more than one trillion gallons of water across America. A leaky faucet that drips just once per second could waste more than 3,000 gallons of water per year. In other words, letting a leaky faucet drip for one year will waste 180 showers. Even just 10 drops per minute is equal to 500 gallons of water per year.

Monetary and Physical Damage

Now that you’re aware of how much putting off a repair can waste water and money, you need to consider what all of that leaking water means for your home. The truth is, the water will begin to pool underneath the sink. After time, this will ruin your flooring and begin to grow mold and mildew.

All things considered, the aftermath of a leaky faucet can be much more costly than getting it repaired or replaced in the first place. Between outrageous utility bills and renovations, the price of a faucet repair will seem minuscule. Even if your faucets aren’t leaking, older models tend to waste more water than modern fixtures. For more information, please visit our leaky faucet repair page.

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Trends in Faucet Finishes

When updating your bathroom or kitchen, you may experience some anxiety when choosing your faucets and fixtures. Which finishes will match? Which will go out of style? Which will be the most durable?

This is an important design aspect, and there are tons of choices. The truth is, there is no one faucet finish for everyone. It truly depends on your style, needs, and your budget. Some classic finish choices include:

  • Chrome
  • Stainless Steel
  • Brass
  • Nickel
  • Copper
  • Bronze
  • White Plastic or Porcelain

As if those weren’t enough choices, all of the above finishes tend to come with the options of polished, brushed, satin, oil-rubbed or matte. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t worry. We’re going to do our best to break down the different fixture finishes by popular decor styles to give you some help. Find the style closest to your own for some suggestions.

White Chrome Copper Polished Brass Satin Bronze Oil-Rubbed Bronze Polished Nickel
Traditional x x x x x
Modern x x x x
Farmhouse x x
Contemporary x x
Eclectic x x x x
Tuscan x x

For more information, visit our sinks and faucets page.

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