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The Big 3 Plumbing Questions

My Bathroom Drains Always Gets Backed Up. What Can I Do?slime

Your drains are backing up because your pipe has slime on them. Slime forms when you brush your teeth, comb your hair, shave or wash your hands. Bio-slime is a collection of bacteria brought on by organic matter found in bathroom products. To keep bio-slime from backing up your bathroom sinks, boil a kettle of boiling water and slowly pour it down your drain along with baking soda. You can also keep your sink clean and free from backing up by mixing 1/3 cup of baking soda and a 1/3 cup of vinegar then slowly pour it down your drain. Don’t use the sink for one hour then rinse with hot water.

What is the offensive smell coming from my kitchen sink?

The main reason you have a terrible smell coming from your kitchen sink is that of a collection of food stuck in your garbage disposal. The culprit is usually caused by grease oils or fat which should not go down your drain in the first place.  Here are a few suggestions to get rid of the kitchen sink odor as suggested above, vinegar and baking soda is a great organic solution for any drain. Running your garbage disposal with ice cubes can loosen food particles, break up grease and can sharpen your garbage disposal blades. You can use bio-enzyme drain cleaner that will break up food particles and is friendly on the pipes. And last but not least, put lemon or orange peels down your garbage disposal while it’s running. It will give your drain a pleasant citrus smell.

How can I unjam my garbage disposal?

In most cases, something has dropped into your garbage disposal like a nail, screw, bottle cap, or even a bone and it has the blades trapped. NEVER put your hand in the garbage disposal to try and unloosen what’s stuck in the blades. If a foreign objects stuck in the impeller blades, it will stop working. Immediately turn the unit off. First, unplug it or turn off the power to your garbage disposal. You can use the back end of a broomstick or plunger handle to try and move the blades back and forth.

Use a shop vacuum to suck out anything that’s dislodged itself. Another excellent way of freeing an object from your disposal is to use a ¼” or 5/16” Allen wrench whichever one fits. Place the wrench in the middle of the bottom of your disposal and work it back and forth. Ace Hardware has a great video that will give you a visual: Ace Hardware

 

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