What You Should Avoid Putting In Your Garbage Disposal

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Your garbage disposal is a hard-working appliance, and it needs the proper care to keep working as expected. Your plumber can tell you that there are a few things you should always avoid putting down your disposal. This will not only extend its life, but prevent emergency calls and expensive repairs.

  • Fats, Oils, and Grease: Grease is one of the worst things you can put down your drain. It does not have an immediate effect, but it can quickly cause a clog that has you reaching for the phone and the assistance of your plumber. Grease may slip by your disposal just fine, but it can eventually spell doom for your drains. Avoid pouring grease down your drains or disposals when possible.
  • Large Amounts of Food: Never overload your garbage disposal, because that is simply asking for trouble. Begin by running cold water and feeding small amounts of food into the working disposal. This allows it to safely chop the food particles so they can run down your drain. Large amounts of food can clog your disposal and have you calling your plumber.
  • Fibrous Food and Raw Veggies: Tough foods, especially fibrous raw vegetables, are natural enemies of your disposal. The fibers can wind around the blades, causing a jam or slowing function and risking burnout of your motor. Large chunks of these types of veggies can do the same.
  • Raw Meat: Cooked meat is generally handled better by most garbage disposals. Raw meat and gristle can clog the blades. They can also present some fairly foul odors if particles remain stuck in the disposal. It’s best to dispose of raw meats in the trash.
  • Foreign Objects: It should go without saying, but accidents do happen. A stray piece of flatware can spell big trouble for your garbage disposal. The blades can become damaged or jam up. With quick deactivation, your disposal may come out of the incident okay, but a jammed or burnt-out motor is always a risk.

Ace Plumbing can help you understand other ways you can maintain your garbage disposal. Visit us online or contact us at (916) 455-4548 if you do require service or repairs.

 

How to Properly Run Your Garbage Disposal

The garbage disposal is something many homeowners take for granted and use on a frequent basis. There is a correct way to run the disposal to keep it and your drains  in good condition.

One of the most common ways to cause a clog or jamming of your disposal is to overload it with food. Instead, feed small amounts of food into your disposal at a time, always running cool water about 10 seconds beforehand. When you are done feeding food into the disposal, and it has completed grinding, turn it off and allow the water to run for about another 30 seconds to flush all the debris down the drain. At this point, you can run hot water to help further clean your drains.

If you have more questions about keeping your disposal in good condition, or you require repairs, then take advantage of our 40 years of experience and contact Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548.

 

How Professional Sprinkler Installation Can Save You Money

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Your professional plumber can provide a service that helps you save water, time, and money. This service also helps your landscape stay beautiful without extra effort on your part. A professional sprinkler system installed by a qualified plumber can take care of all your landscape irrigation needs while helping you be friendly to the environment and lowering your water bill.

Traditional manual watering uses a lot of water, especially with open hoses. Much of this water acts as runoff, and is wasted. Professional sprinkler systems are tailored to your specific irrigation needs, and can be controlled in different zones for precise watering on a set schedule.

Time, Money, and Conservation

Taking the time to water your landscaping can mean losing time for other activities, being late to work, or otherwise delaying your normal routine. Eliminate this delay by having a professional plumber analyze, design, and install an irrigation system controlled to your specifications. This allows you to focus on your daily tasks, which is especially important in today’s busy world.

One of the key benefits of using scheduled, automated irrigation is conserving water. This is both an eco-friendly and economical move, because using less water helps preserve this precious resource while lowering your water bills.

Other Costs

Landscaping can be difficult to maintain, and this is outside of normal watering costs. By choosing a professionally-installed sprinkler system, you can reduce the loss of your plants due to drought or heat, and even loss caused by overwatering. This can make gardening and beautifying your home much more cost effective.

If you would like to learn more about the further benefits a professionally installed irrigation system can offer, then contact Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548. Our professional plumbers have experience with the configuration of most major sprinkler and irrigation brands.

Looking For Great Plumbing Resources? Visit These Links From Ace Plumbing!

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Have you enjoyed reading about water heaters and improving slow drains in our recent blog posts? If you are looking for more information about the benefits of upgrading your water tank or hiring a plumber, check out the following resources.

  • Visit EnergyStar.gov to learn more about the environmental and economic benefits of trusting a tankless water heater to meet your home’s heating needs.
  • For tips on solving minor drainage issues in a DIY manner, check out this Yahoo! Voices article. For any serious clogs or plumbing assistance in a home that uses a septic system, hire a plumbing professional.
  • While tankless hot water heaters have become a popular water heater upgrade option, energy-efficient water heaters are available in tank-based forms as well. Read about the various types of energy-efficient water heating systems from which you can choose in this LoveToKnow.com article.
  • Learn more about conserving water in your home at the Environmental Protection Agency’s website. An experienced plumber can help you by installing water-efficient appliances and plumbing fixtures in your home.

To speak with an experienced plumber in the Sacramento area about any of your home’s plumbing or sewage needs, call Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548.

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