Posts Tagged ‘garbage disposal cleaning’

Plumbing Myths Busted!

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Save your money from going down the drain

Everybody has their own at-home remedies to get things fixed. There comes a time when you need to question if these remedies are really working or are they just something that will eventually put your money down the drain. We came across some myths about plumbing that could be costing you money, check it out. 

Myth # 1: Putting lemons and limes down your garbage disposal will make it smell fresh

Bust # 1: The citric acid from fruits like lemons and limes will corrode the metal blade inside your disposal making it dull in the long-run causing you to have to replace it.

Myth # 2: Using “in-tank” cleaners are the best way to keep your toilet clean

Bust # 2: Cleaners used for the toilet usually contain bleach. Therefore, if you store a cleaner in a dark and damp concealed area the bleach can build-up and get a foul order. Eventually this buildup will ruin the functionality of your toilet.

Myth # 3: Running the water while the garbage disposal is going is a must

Bust # 3: If there is already a blockage in the disposal using water is not going to help it. Easing the waste with the water at the same time will allow the flow to breakdown and run smoothly.

Myth # 4: Soap cleans my hands so it can clean my fixtures.

Bust # 4: When soap and water combine they create foam. That foam on fixtures will cause them to cloud immediately and corrode and peel over time.

Myth #5: Every plumber knows what they are doing so it’s okay to trust them with your home

Bust # 5: Just because a plumber has a tool and the wardrobe does not mean they are a good plumber. Be sure they are a highly trained plumbing professional. Click here to learn more about Nowthen Plumbing’s team.

HOW TO CLEAN YOUR GARBAGE DISPOSAL

Thursday, September 9th, 2010


Keeping your garbage disposal clean is easier than you think. If you use your disposal often you probably notice an unpleasant odor coming from it every once an awhile. This often means that some of the food remains may be built up or that there may be left over bacteria from previous uses.


Here are three simple ways to keep your garbage disposal clean and free of odor. The first way is to pour a half cup of baking soda down the disposal followed by one to one and a half cups of white vinegar. Let this work together for a few minutes, and then pour a half gallon of hot or boiling water down the drain.


The second way to clean the garbage disposal is with bleach and water. Mix in a large container or bowl one gallon of water and one tablespoon of bleach. Pour this down your drain, and then thoroughly rinse your drain with cold water for a few minutes.


The third suggestion is to process lemons or limes through the garbage disposal. The acid in the fruits will help remove any odor you may be experiencing.


These are just a few of the many cleaning methods you can use yourself at home. If you need professional help to remove odor or fix your garbage disposal please give us a call here at Nowthen Plumbing.