09 Jun 2017

The best part of your kitchen- the garbage disposal. This appliance makes kitchen chores that much easier. A garbage disposal can easily be clogged or break down. Make sure you are doing your best to keep your disposal running properly. Check out Stevenson Plumbing’s Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to garbage disposals!

Don’ts

  • Don’t turn off the motor or water until grinding is completed. When grinding is complete, turn off the garbage disposal first. Let water continue to run for at least 15 seconds, flushing out any remaining particles. Then turn off water.
  • Don’t put expandable foods into your garbage disposal. Foods like pasta and rice expand when you add water in a pot; they do the same thing once inside your pipes or garbage disposal and are the cause of many jams and clogs.
  • Don’t use harsh chemicals like bleach or drain cleaners.
  • Don’t pour grease, oil or fat into your garbage disposal or drain. Grease will slowly accumulate and impede your garbage disposal’s grinding ability as well as clog drains.
  • Don’t use hot water when grinding food waste. Hot water will cause grease to liquefy and accumulate, causing drains to clog.

Do’s

  • Do grind certain hard materials such as small chicken and fish bones, egg shells, small fruit pits, etc. A scouring action is created by these particles inside the grind chamber that cleans the garbage disposal’s walls.
  • Do cut large items into smaller pieces. Put them into the garbage disposal one at a time instead of trying to shove a large amount in at once.
  • Do grind food waste w/ a strong flow of cold water. Why cold water? It will cause any grease or oils that may get into the unit to solidify, so that they can be chopped up before reaching the trap.
  • Do grind lemon peels, this will help make the drain smell cleaner.

Call Stevenson Plumbing with any concerns!

 

09 Jun 2017

Five signs that you should call a Stevenson Plumbing immediately.
1. If You Start to Smell Something Obscene: The smell could come from hidden water leaks that are causing mold. Or coming from a clogged drain, which can build up residue and cause a horrible smell throughout your home.

2. If Your Faucet Won’t Stop Dripping:
Don’t wait to get your sink or shower fixed if it is dripping water! Not only will it increase your water bill but it is also extremely wasteful. A leak also is a sign of a plumbing problem that you cannot see. It is usually a quick fix so call your plumber as soon as it starts happening!

3. You Have No Hot Water:
This happens after the hot water has been on for an extended time. But if it is happening at random times then there could be an issue. It’s not okay if it takes a few hours for the water to heat up, if this continues to happen it might be time to call a plumber.
Your water heater might just not be big enough, or a pilot light, a plumber will help you figure out a solution. If your water heater is sweating, that means there is a leak. This would require repairing or replacing your water heater.

4. If You Have No Water:
This is a sign for a disaster! If you are not getting anything more than a drip call your plumber immediately. Either your water was turned off or your water is going somewhere else, which could cause problems with the foundation of your house or be damaging your home!

5. A Plunger Won’t Unclog Your Toilet:
Don’t keep plunging if it nothing comes up after a couple tries, call a plumber. The problem could be coming from your sewage line which is a problem that would need to be addressed immediately.
If you are in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area call Stevenson Plumbing for all your immediate plumbing needs. We offer 24-hour emergency support – call 918-943-3200