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6 Items You Should Never Put Down Your Kitchen Sink

Friday, June 28th, 2019

If you’re like many Kansas City homeowners who own kitchen garbage disposals, you probably know how useful these appliances can be. However, you can’t just toss anything down the chute without hurting your disposal or damaging your plumbing. Here are six foods and items you should never put down your kitchen drain, along with a few considerations and warnings. 

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1. Greasy, Oily or Fatty Foods 

High on the list of foods that should never go down a disposal chute are those that contain grease, oil or fat. Grease that sticks to the interior of sewer pipes can accumulate, which results in blocking pipes. Consider that your garbage disposal won’t keep out grease from your plumbing system since it’s designed to shred only solid substances into small bits. Even worse, it lets grease descend down your drain, which creates more problems.

Fatty meats should never be dumped into a drain as well as oily foods. Thus, never throw shortening, cooking oil, lard, questionable food scraps, butter, margarine, sauces, dairy products, and baking goods into your garbage disposal.

2. Coffee Grounds

Unfortunately, too many people think they can use a disposal for getting rid of coffee grinds. Don’t dump coffee grounds down your drain because they can hurt your plumbing, although they won’t affect your disposal. Consider that eventually, coffee grinds can get into your plumbing, which can lead to clogs.

3. Stringy or Fibrous Veggies and Fruits

Never put stringy vegetables, such as celery and asparagus, down your disposal. This is because the strings of these veggies can easily wrap around the moving parts of a disposal and cause damage.

Also, don’t toss fibrous fruits and vegetables down your chute. Avoid vegetables with layered bulbs, such as onions. In addition to causing damage by wrapping around a disposal’s moving parts, they can weaken or even ruin the motor of a disposal.

4. Rice and Pasta

Rice and pasta should stay out of a disposal. These types of food are prone to expand in a disposal when coming into contact with water. As a result, they can easily block your disposal’s trap or clog your drain.

5. Shells and Nuts

You may have heard the old wives’ tale that eggshells can be used to sharpen disposal blades, but this is just isn’t true. Egg shells can be hazardous because of their filmy membrane that can wrap around the moving components of a disposal. Rather than throwing shells down your disposal, use them as compost.

Shells from seafood aren’t meant for a garbage disposal, as they are exceptionally hard. On the other hand, there are some disposals that can take their hardness. But it’s still not a good idea since it can cause blades to become dull. What’s more, your disposal won’t last as long. Furthermore, don’t throw nuts down your disposal.

6. Items That Aren’t Biodegradable

Non-food items, such as tissues and napkins, should not be allowed in a disposal. A good rule of thumb is that if an item isn’t biodegradable, it’s a no-no. These items include those such as plastic, paper, metal, glass, wood, and others. Simply recycle these materials, if possible, or just toss them in your garbage.

Other Considerations and Warnings

  • Never throw animal bones into a disposal. Bone is an extremely hard substance, so it’s not intended for a disposal. Even though some garbage disposals can process bones, throwing animal bones into a disposal can still cause wear and shorten lifespan.
  • Don’t use harsh chemicals to clean out your disposal. Instead, clean it out by pouring a small amount of dish detergent into it. Throw down a few ice cubes, because ice can clean the walls and blades, while the soap breaks down oil and grease as well as gives it a pleasant scent.
  • Keep cigarette butts out of your disposal because they can expand, causing clogs. Again, a kitchen garbage disposal isn’t intended for any man-made materials.
  • Don’t throw down too much stuff at the same time. In other words, put only a small handful of a substance down the chute instead of tossing everything down at once. You don’t want to put excess stress on your disposal’s motor because this can wear it out quickly.

 

Sometimes, drains get clogged or need repair even if they are used properly and maintained. For all your home drain needs, you can depend on Lutz Plumbing. Please contact us.

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Lutz Plumbing’s Loyalty Club Helps to Prevent Major Plumbing Leaks

Friday, June 14th, 2019

When it comes to plumbing, the old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is very true.

Water leaks waste water and money. Additionally, they will typically develop into a bigger problem that will cause more extensive damage. Checking your plumbing for leaks or other potential problems should be one of your most important routines. Below we will discuss the cost of leaks in the long run and what you should do if you discover a leak.

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Household Leaks

There are many possible places in the home from which leaks can develop. These include:

  • Toilet (internal and external)
  • Sink
  • Water Heater
  • Washing machine
  • Pipes that are behind the wall

These leaks can cause very little damage or major damage that will necessitate extensive repairs. However, even small leaks should not be ignored. They can be the first sign of a major problem to come. Most of these leaks, if left unaddressed, will cause mold which can cause major health problems and is expensive to remove.

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How to Tell if You Need Water Treatment

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

With the advance of city infrastructure, and specifically municipal water treatment systems, a lot of people take clean water for granted. Unfortunately, you can’t always rely on your city to provide your home with perfectly clean water at all times. Municipal water treatment is oftentimes effective, but it’s never going to be 100% effective. The best way to guarantee high water quality for your home is to install a separate water treatment system in your water line. If you’re not sure whether or not you need a water treatment system, keep an eye out for the signs below.

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Why Sump Pump Maintenance is a Good Idea

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Winter is one of those seasons where you’re more likely to have problems with flooding, especially in basements and crawl spaces. If you’ve dealt with this problem before, chances are that you already have a sump pump installed in one or more of those vulnerable areas. Keep in mind, however, that you shouldn’t just have a sump pump installed and forget about it. Sump pumps need maintenance just as much as any other system, especially during this time of year.

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How to Get Your Plumbing Ready for The Holidays

Monday, November 28th, 2016

You’re probably deep in holiday preparations at the moment, getting everything ready for guests and feasting. That’s all well and good, but it’s important that you don’t neglect some of the other aspects of your home when it comes to the holidays. One of the most important things you can do to get your home ready for the holiday season is to make sure your plumbing system is in good shape. Have a look at some of our tips for making that happen.

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The Problem of Pinhole Leaks

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Since the mid-20th century, the majority of new plumbing systems have been comprised of copper pipes. There’s a number of reasons for this. Mainly, it’s that the previous options of iron or lead were unsatisfactory. Iron rusted and lead was toxic. Copper is resistant to corrosion, and doesn’t bleed into the water supply. This has made it the new standard for plumbing. However, it is not perfect. Let’s take a look at one of the biggest problems for copper pipes, and the damage it can cause.

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