According to a Myrtle Beach plumber, the kitchen, along with the bathroom, is one of the areas in a residential home where most plumbing problems and emergencies happen. Thus, it helps if homeowners learn how to properly and more effectively maintain plumbing in their kitchen. Aside from effectively preventing plumbing problems, this will also help homeowners add years to the lifespan of the pipes and drains in their kitchen.
Two parts of the kitchen plumbing that are most prone to problems are the garbage disposer and aerator. Here are some tips to help homeowners to better take care of these plumbing parts.
Taking care of your garbage disposer
Your garbage disposer is at high risk of clogging especially if some members of the household do not know how to properly use it. To prevent frequent clogging and repeatedly calling your Myrtle Beach plumber, you need to learn how to properly clean the garbage disposer and effectively fix it should it stop working.
• Cleaning the garbage disposer – A dirty garbage disposer often means there is garbage buildup somewhere in the pipes. Aside from making the entire kitchen smell badly, it can quickly lead to clogging if not cleaned immediately. There are several ways to clean the garbage disposer.
Some grind ice cubes and orange or lemon rinds for at least 30 seconds. The orange and lemon rinds will help clean and sanitize the disposer and effectively get rid of the foul odor. Others opt to pour a small amount of liquid detergent in the disposer while it is still running. If there is remaining debris in the disposer, simply rinse them away by flushing cold water down the disposer.
• Fixing the garbage disposer – If the garbage disposer suddenly stops working, it means there is overloaded. Garbage disposers have overload protectors that automatically shuts down the appliance if it detects overloading and overheating of the motor. Should this happen, all you need to do is restart the appliance.
To properly restart the appliance, you need to switch it off. Make sure it is still securely plugged in the outlet. Press the restart button located in front or at the bottom of the disposer. Then switch the appliance back on to start its normal operations. Make sure you inform everyone in the household to watch what they are throwing down the garbage disposer to avoid this kind of problem from happening again.
Taking care of the aerator
The aerator at the end of your faucets is another part of kitchen plumbing that often causes problems. Over time, the aerator gets clogged with lime and sediments, which came from the water that flows through the faucet. This results in low water pressure or leakage in the handle, especially when all the small openings of the aerator are blocked. To resolve this, you need to learn how to properly clean the aerator. Below is a step-by-step guide that you can follow:
1. Unscrew the aerator from the faucet very carefully using your hands. If it seems stuck as a result of too much lime and sediments, use a pair of pliers to loosen the aerator. Wrap the ends of the pliers with masking tape to prevent damage to the aerator. When it is loose enough, continue unscrewing using your hands.
2. Take the aerator apart. Clean all parts with vinegar to remove the lime and sediment build up. Dip a small brush in vinegar to reach tight and small corners of the aerator. If there are still lime and sediments in the aerator, dip the parts in a bowl of vinegar and leave them there for several hours.
3. Rinse properly with water and reassemble the aerator before screwing it back to the faucet.
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