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The Danger of Dumping Grease Down the Sink

The Danger of Dumping Grease Down the Sink

You’ve probably heard the old bit of advice to never pour bacon grease down the drain (if you haven’t, now is the time). This isn’t just about saving bacon fat for later use, but it’s about protecting your drains. And while bacon grease is one of the worst offenders, you should never put any fat or grease down your drains at all, at any time, no matter how convenient it is. Here’s why it’s important always to pour or wipe grease straight into the trash. Grease Doesn’t Dissolve We know it looks like grease dissolves. Grease is naturally very reactive to heat, and when heated up it starts to resemble a liquid. It can become very tempting just to pour that liquid down the drain, or heat up your faucet water so that it brushes extra grease away in seconds. But you aren’t changing the nature of the grease! As it cools down in your pipes, it will congeal back into a thick mass and linger there. Water will wash some of it away, but grease is excellent at clinging to pipes and sticking around. Grease Mixes Easily with Other Debris It’s bad enough that grease sticks in your pipes, but it would take a whole lot of grease to actually form a clog. The problem is that grease isn’t alone. It’s very good at mixing with other debris in your pipes, forcing them to stick around too and form clogs. It can also get even worse. Over time, various greases and oils can mix and interact with trace amounts of calcium in water or pipes. This creates some...
5 Things You Shouldn’t Place Down Your Disposal

5 Things You Shouldn’t Place Down Your Disposal

You may already know that there are some things you should never flush down your drains or put in your garbage disposal. The wrong materials can cause damage and long-lasting problems that may need professional work. That’s why it’s always good to have a reminder about what things you should never, ever put down a garbage disposal, no matter how easy it may be to handle trash this way. Check out these materials to learn why they don’t mix with disposals. Any Type of Grease or Oil Grease may be easy to pour down the disposal when it’s heated up, but grease doesn’t stay hot forever. Instead, it cools down in your disposal and forms a fatty mass. Over time, this fat can build up and cause major obstructions that are difficult to remove, dull the disposal equipment, and cause big problems. Grease is one of the worst things you can put down any drain and can build up over long periods of time. Always take the time to wipe the grease off and throw it in the trash. Seeds and Pits Generally, any type of seed or pit doesn’t do well in a garbage disposal. Instead of being crushed and going away, they tend to linger, jamming mechanisms and causing clogs. Never put any of these hard leftovers down the disposal. Garbage disposal crushing components aren’t designed to deal well with them, and it’s easy to toss them in the trash instead. Fibrous or Starchy Foods What do we mean by fibrous and starchy? Let’s break down these two important categories. First, fibrous foods are any stringy, durable foodstuffs,...
How to Know if Your Pipes are Worn Out

How to Know if Your Pipes are Worn Out

Whether you use your plumbing occasionally, such as a vacation home, or every day, your pipes can wear out. Unfortunately, there’s nothing to prevent the pipes from disintegration over time. However, you can be proactive and look for the early signs that there might be a change and take action. Here’s what you should watch for. Look Out for the Color of the Water Discolored water is usually a cause for concern. There are a few exceptions: if you’re under a boil order, you have well water, or you live in a rural area. However, if you see the color of your water change to brown or dark water, it’s a strong indication that there is corrosion in your pipes, leaving rust as the water runs through them. If left untreated, deposits can clog pipes, which in turn will build pressure. Continual pressure can result in the pipes eventually bursting, which will cause a huge mess to clean up and damage that needs to be professionally repaired. Too Many Drips from the Faucet Drip. Drip. Drip. That sound can keep you awake at night. But worse than that, it can ruin your pipes. That’s because the water pressure in your pipes is too high or water that’s no longer needed after you turn off the tap isn’t properly drained. This may seem like a minor issue at the beginning. However, constant dripping is not only annoying, but it can permanently damage your plumbing. Get that looked at early, and save yourself headaches, and your sleep. Low Water Pressure There’s nothing worse than taking a shower with a dribble of water. Unfortunately, low water pressure could sign many problems. There could be a...
3 Spring Plumbing Maintenance Tasks to Tackle

3 Spring Plumbing Maintenance Tasks to Tackle

Spring is officially here! As excited as you are to spend more time outside, there is some plumbing maintenance you’ll need to put on your to-do list before the fun can begin. Here’s what you’ll need to do.  Check Sump Pump April showers bring, well, lots of things, including a wet and soggy basement. Most of us don’t have the luxury of a dry basement, but we do have the blessing of a sump pump to assure that our basement is dry and our houses don’t get musty. To ensure that your sump pump is working properly, you will need to check it in early spring. Unplug the pump and then plug it in again. If the pump doesn’t start you’ll need to call a plumber. Another way is to pour enough water to raise the float until the pump kicks on, make sure it drains. At Crawford Mechanical Services, we suggest having a backup sump pump just in case your main sump pump fails, or you lose power to your house; this will help you guarantee that a potential flood won’t happen in your basement. Give Your Drains More Attention You shouldn’t have a bog of stench in your drains or slow draining water. With a bit of attention and checking to clear the debris from your drains, your pipes can flow smoothly once again. Check to make sure there are strainers placed in all your drains to prevent hair and other debris from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. This can be solved with a drain cleaner, but sometimes a plumbing snake handled by a plumbing professional is required. Outdoor Faucets...
The Importance of Flood Alarms in Your Home

The Importance of Flood Alarms in Your Home

A flood in your home is one of those devastating home emergencies you will probably have to deal with at least once in your life. Although your insurance may compensate you for the loss of your belongings and the financial cost of getting your home back to normal, no one can ever help you regain the time you spend dealing with a flood’s aftermath. Sadly, no matter how careful you are, you may not be able to prevent a flood caused by the bad weather or faulty plumbing. But that doesn’t mean you can’t lessen the impact a flood will have on your home. You can when you install a flood alarm. What is a Flood Alarm and Why Should I Install It? Flood alarms are small sensors which can detect an excessive amount of moisture and warn you while it is still a minor problem. Early warning is important because homeowners do not typically discover water in their homes until the damage is extensive. From 2011 to 2015, the average insurance claim for flood damage was more than $45,000. And that is even if the homeowner has flood insurance. Many flood victims are surprised to learn that their homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover floods at all and they have to pay for everything out-of-pocket! Major Advantages of Installing a Flood Alarm When you take the precaution of installing a flood alarm in the high-risk areas in your home, like the basement, near your water heater and in the same room as your washing machine, you can feel confident that you are doing as much as you can to safeguard your home and your family. Here are just a few of the significant...