How to Avoid Calling a Plumber

No one wants to call the plumber unless it’s absolutely necessary. If you do need a plumber in Jacksonville, please give us a call, though! There are a few steps and precautions that you can take, and things you can double check to help you avoid calling your local plumber.

Clogged garbage disposal1. Stop Feeding the Garbage Disposal!

Some things shouldn’t go down your garbage disposal at all. Ramming them down there is a good way to create a plumbing emergency. If you want to avoid calling a plumber, you should also remember to put garbage into your garbage disposal slowly, one item at a time. If you overload it, it will break and you will need a plumber.

Your garbage disposal can’t handled everything you need to dispose of. For example, you shouldn’t put pasta noodles down it; when they get wet, they expand. The chances that the blades of your garbage disposal unit will break down the noodles are slim. If the noodles expand, they can clog your disposal unit, or drains further down the plumbing system. Other things that you should never put in your garbage disposal if you want to avoid calling a plumber are bones, egg shells, potatoes, celery, and cork husks.

2. Don’t Flush That!

This is the same idea as the garbage disposal: some things are not meant to be flushed. If you want to avoid calling a plumber, you’ll want to make sure you don’t flush anything down the toilet that can clog it. If you have young children, this might be easier said than done! Make sure that your kids are supervised in the bathroom if they have a tendency to send things to a watery grave, and educate them early on about the dangers of flushing their toys down the toilet! If it does happen, and something gets stuck in the trap, you’ll have to take the toilet off the trap and retrieve the item that way, as using a plunger will just make the situation worse. You should also be aware, if you want to avoid calling the plumber, that you shouldn’t flush paper towel down the toilet. It’s thicker than toilet paper and isn’t made to decompose the same way as toilet paper; it can clog up your toilet, the toilet’s trap, or get stuck in a pipe in your home’s wastewater system.

3. Dishwasher 101

A common problem that can result in a visit from the plumber is pieces of food getting clogged up in the dishwasher and causing problems. Make sure that you scrape food off plates into the garbage or garbage disposal before putting your dirty dishes in the dishwasher. The same principle applies to your kitchen sink; you shouldn’t be flushing big pieces of food down the drain. Scrape plates into the garbage before washing them, and if pieces of food do find their way into your sink, remove them before letting the dirty dishwater drain.

4. Grease
You should never put grease down the drain or garbage disposal. It can clog up drains and make a big mess. Instead, let it cool, put it into a container, seal it, and take it outside to the trashcan. If grease does clog up a pipe, you’ll want to apply direct heat, like with a hair dryer or heating pads, to where the grease is clogged until it melts and unclogs.

These are just a few tips that can help you avoid having to call the plumber for an emergency. Regular maintenance and proper repairs will also help you in the long run. If you do need a Jacksonville plumber, keep us in mind!