3 Do’s and Don’ts for Your Garbage Disposal

The garbage disposal is a wonderful kitchen tool, if used correctly. It can quickly and easily take care of leftover food scraps from dinner while keeping your kitchen smelling clean. As an added bonus, it cuts down on the food that ends up in landfills. However, if you don’t take proper care of your garbage disposal or if you use it incorrectly, it can break down, leaving your kitchen smelling like decaying food. At Drain Genie, we don’t want our Orlando residents left with stinky kitchens, so follow these do’s and don’ts to keep your disposal in tip-top shape.

3 Common Summer Plumbing Issues

Summer in Orlando is a unique and fun time for homeowners. However, with more adventures and activities to keep us busy, regular home maintenance can sometimes go unchecked for weeks at a time. You may be thinking now about your roof, landscaping, or air conditioning; but did you know that your plumbing is also at higher risk during the summer months? Our experts at Drain Genie have put together a list of the most common plumbing problems we see in the summertime so you can be on the lookout before they do serious damage to your home.

Choose Drain Genie for Your Plumbing Needs

As much as we all hope it won’t happen to us, various plumbing issues and emergencies happen every day to everyone. Luckily, a quick Google search can show you all the available plumbers in your area. So out of all those options, why should you choose Drain Genie? Let us give you a few reasons why our customers keep coming back, and why they refer us to their friends.

Clogged Drains This Time Of Year?

We are coming up on the holidays Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Around this time of year we get a lot of calls for clogged drains. Most of the issues we see is just over use of the drainage system and not being carful of what is going down the drains. People dump everything down the drain from pumpkin guts to grease. The holiday season is a stressful time! What can make it more stressful? clogged drains such as kitchen sinks or sewer lines can put a damper on your day. The best way to solve this problem is to be conscious of what goes down the drain. Once debris like grease and food go down the drain its best to call a Orlando plumber. Adding chemicals to try to clear the drain can make things worse damaging your pipes. The most common method of fixing a clogged drain is snaking. The … Continued

Prevent Drain Cleaning During Halloween

How to prevent drain cleaning during Halloween? We are getting to that time of the year Halloween the holiday our kids love. This is a great time of the year to do crafts and enjoy quality time with our kids. From decorating the yard to candy to pumpkin picking and then carving the pumpkin. All these traditions your kids will remember for a lifetime and carry it on to there children. But one of these tradtions will cause a plumbing nightmare if you are not carful with disposal and thats pumpkin carving. Through out the year the end of October is one of the busiest times of the year for Orlando plumbers with drain cleaning. Most of the time it is preventable and caused by people not knowing any better. They plan a night to carve the pumpkin with there kids and remove the insides of the pumpkin and dump it … Continued

How To Install a Garbage Disposal?

Installing a garbage disposal can be a good weekend do it yourself project. Most people with some basic plumbing knowledge can handle this project. Here are some steps to make it a little easier for our customers to hopefully install there own disposal.Make sure electric breaker is turned off. It’s a good idea not to just turn the switch off but to actually turn the power off at the electric breaker panel. Sometimes if you just turn off the power switch electricity can still be going to unit. This can cause you to get shocked. It is best to be safe and turn off at breaker in your electric panel.   2.  Remove the piping from the disposal so you are able to remove it from the sink. Be careful that you do not loose these pieces. This will be needed to reinstall new disposal. As long as the pieces are … Continued

Is The Wrath Of Thanksgiving Dinner Causing Your Clogged Kitchen

Well, now that Thanksgiving is over your plumbing is probably breathing a sigh of relief. Having a clogged kitchen is a major problem in the Orlando area a week before and after Thanksgiving, along with the over-use of garbage disposals. We have been busy in the last couple of weeks with clogs and disposals. Most of it can be prevented with throwing abundant amounts of food and grease in the garbage instead of dumping it down the kitchen drain. Over-use is the most common cause of clogs and disposals failing, sometimes this is just due to the age of the unit or the age of the homes piping that causes these things to happen and is completely out of your control. Sometimes it is just people don’t know the correct way to dispose of food down the disposal. The best way is to turn hot water on first, turn on … Continued

How Much Should I Pay For A Garbage Disposal

So your cooking dinner and go to dispose of some waste in the garbage disposal to find out it is completely broken and not grinding food. Then you look in the cabinet and notice water dripping from the bottom of the disposal. This is a tell tail sign your garbage disposal is shot and needs to be replaced. So, how much should a garbage disposal cost? There are so many options and it can be quite confusing for the average homeowner, but here are some things to look for. Make sure your Orlando plumber uses at least a 1/2 horse power disposal. Anything less will not last and does not breakdown the food very well. Usually 1/2 horse power is plenty but if you are a avid cook and use the disposal a lot you might want to invest in a higher horse power. It may cost more in the short … Continued

Leaks Under A Kitchen Sink Things You Need To Know

Leaks under a kitchen sink: Things you need to know before you call your Lake Mary plumber. Plumbing leaks can be very frustrating, and leaks under your kitchen sink can be even more frustrating. Kitchen sinks can leak from multiple areas, which sometimes can be mistaken for a leaking drain pipe. Here are some things to look for to narrow down the cause of a leak so that you can tell your plumber so that he is able to give you a price range.Garbage disposal: A leaking disposal can sometimes be mistaken for a leaking P-trap. To determine if your disposal is bad, run water through the disposal side of the sink and turn it on. Check the bottom of the unit. If it drips through the bottom, the unit is shot and needs replacement.Faucet: Run the faucet while checking under the sink. If the water is coming from the … Continued

Can My Garbage Disposal Be Repaired If It Is Leaking?

The answer is it depends, but most likely if it is leaking the unit would need to be replaced. If you have a leaking garbage disposal it’s best to call a Local Orlando plumber to check it out because it could also be a leak from a seal around the sink or a gasket between the disposal and the sink. If the unit is 6 years or older it could very well be that you may need to replace it, because the garbage disposal housing is plastic and the plastic tends to get weak as it ages. Then, when you try to grind waste it will crack the housing, causing it to leak in your cabinet. In this situation, the unit will need to be replaced. Garbage disposals can leak from anywhere, but usually if it is leaking underneath it will need replacement. When replacing the unit, it’s best to … Continued