We’re in the midst of the holiday season. If you’re entertaining family and guests, you want to avoid a clogged kitchen sink and clogs in the bathroom. Call your Brooklyn plumbing experts at Petri Plumbing & Heating, and we’ll make sure that your drains are running free and clear.
In the kitchen, don’t ever pour grease down the drain. It will harden and coat the inside of the pipes. Then food will follow it down the drain and attach itself to the fats and grease, inevitably leading to a clog. Dispose of kitchen fats in the trash can, not the sink. Make sure you have a strainer in your drain to stop food from going down.
Moderation is the key to not clogging your garbage disposal. Feed food waste into the disposal in reasonable amounts. In addition, there are items such as banana peels, corn husks, eggshells and coffee grounds that better off going into the trash. The day after Thanksgiving is perhaps the busiest day of the year for plumbers because of clogged disposers and kitchen sinks. Sweet potato skins and the tendons in turkey legs just aren’t going to make it through. Better to throw them in the trash.
If your disposer is emitting a foul odor, that may be caused by rotten food particles. The most thorough way to clean it is by filling the sink with soapy water and then turning on the disposer.
If you have young children in your home, they sometimes find it to be fun to flush foreign objects, such as toys, down the toilet. Whether it’s toys or too much toilet paper, toilet clogs can sometimes be more than what a homeowner can unclog themselves. Call us and we can quickly estimate and fix the problem!
If all of your drains are slow, you may have a clog in your sewer line causes by invasive tree roots. We can insert a small camera down the drain to pinpoint the cause and location of the stoppage, so we know where and how to clear out the pipe.
We advise against using commonly available drain cleaners because they can be too harsh and damage pipes. For fats, oils and greases, we recommend BioOne, which is composed of naturally occurring cultures that clear grease clogs through natural biological digestion. To get rid of tree roots, we recommend RootX, an aquatic herbicide that won’t harm pipes.
To make it through the holiday season without kitchen and bathroom clogs, be careful about what goes down the drain. Make sure to keep unattended toddlers out of the bathroom. And if you have drain problems, call your Brooklyn plumbing experts at Petri Plumbing & Heating!
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