If your kitchen plumbing system is in need of repair, it can truly inconvenience your home. You need to get it fixed right away in order to get back to cleaning or preparing meals, but you may not have the time to call a plumber at the moment that the problem occurs. Thankfully, there are ways to keep sudden kitchen plumbing repairs from occurring. Call the technicians at Total Comfort, Inc. for 24-hour emergency plumbing service, and follow the following tips to prevent plumbing incidents from interfering with your daily life.
Schedule Regular Plumbing Maintenance
One of the best ways to prevent kitchen plumbing repair is by scheduling regular plumbing maintenance. Even the highest quality plumbing installations will collect some amount of wear and tear over time, so it’s best to schedule preventive maintenance to keep pipes and fixtures in top shape for another year to come. During plumbing maintenance, a specialist inspects several of the components of your plumbing system, looking for signs of a leak, a major drain clog, corrosion, buildup in the pipes, and a number of other issues.
Use the Garbage Disposal Wisely
Often, the reason behind a major drain clog or broken disposal is a homeowner who got a little carried away using the garbage disposal. The garage disposal is capable of processing a number of foods and sending them into the sewer so you won’t have to deal with smelly foods in your garbage bag and frequent trips to the outdoor trash can. However, it cannot break down non-food items like paper or plastic, hard food items like meat bones, and fibrous foods like celery. You should also break food up into smaller pieces before running the disposal, as large chunks can slow down the unit and deter the motor.
F.O.G. stands for fats, oils, and greases, which are notoriously destructive to your pipes. Grease turns into a solid when it cools down. After it begins to trickle down your drain pipe in liquid form, grease can solidify and grip onto the lining of the pipe, while additional debris latches on to form a major clog. Pour F.O.G. into a separate receptacle instead.