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Tip # 30
Prevent a Stuck Garbage Disposal

A bit of routine maintenance will keep you from washing money down the drain

Your garbage disposal will lock up on your just when you need it most say, at Thanksgiving dinner. To keep things flowing smoothly follow these handy tips:

• Run cold water when you are putting food down the disposal, while the disposal is on and for 15 seconds after you hear that the disposal has finished grinding everything up. Generally, you only need to run the water for about 5 seconds after grinding, but the potential for a clogging buildup is heightened when the disposal is turned off right away with no additional clean water run through it.

• Every so often, put ice cubes into the disposal when it is running with lots of water flow (the more ice the better) to keep it from developing internal buildup and clear out any smell without using toxic chemicals. Dropping some lemon or orange peel won’t prevent clogs but it will make your disposal smell pleasant.

• Try using several gallons of boiling water down the drain to help clear grease build up farther down the line in the machine, followed by another 20 seconds of running cold/warm water through.

• Your garbage disposal can benefit from a product called Glisten that can help remove the crud in the main chamber if the ice cubes and boiling water and changes in usage do not completely clear the occasional back flow of water up into the sink.


 
 


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Tips of the Day:


Tip # 31
Be Careful With Chlorine Based Cleansers!

Mixing them with the wrong chemicals can be deadly!


Tip # 30
Prevent a Stuck Garbage Disposal

A bit of routine maintenance will keep you from washing money down the drain


Tip # 29
Has Your Washing Machine Seized Up Lately?

You may be able to save a trip from your repairman


Tip # 28
Don't Even Think of Turning on the Furnace...

...until you get those air ducts cleaned!


Tip # 27
What To Do If You Lose Power


Tip # 26
Test Your Smoke Detectors!

When's the last time you did?


Tip # 25
Time To Recaulk Those Window Frames

Keep the drafts out this winter!


Tip # 24
Want To Reduce Your Energy Bills AND Become a Better Eco Citizen?


Tip # 23
Time to Crank up that Furnace


Tip # 22
Keep Sewer Gases Out of Your Home

Leave traps to the pros!


Tip # 21
Don't Wait for Storms to Damage Your Trees

You can take preventive measures to protect your home and property from falling trees.


Tip # 20
Keep Your Pipes From Bursting This Winter

A little attention now could save you big bucks later!


Tip # 19
Dull Headache, Raspy Throat, Watery Eyes?

It may not be a cold or the flu...it may be your indoor air quality!!


Tip # 18
Inspect Your Exterior Stone Work Before the Winter


Tip # 17
Clean Carpet Stains Safely in Seconds

Baby wipes clean more than babies!


Tip # 16
Check Your Heating System Now

Make sure it's working before you need it!


Tip # 15
Do You Know Where Your Shut Off Valves Are?

Well you should!


Tip # 14
Fire Safety Tips


Tip # 13
What You Should Do If You Suspect A Natural Gas Leak

What everyone in your home should know!


Tip # 12
Do You Have Hard Water In Your Home?

What is hard water?


Tip # 11
Stainless Steel Tub Dishwashers Can Save You Money!

They cost more, but may be more cost effective to operate.


Tip # 10
Keep Your Glass Vases Sparkling


Tip # 9
Stop A Costly Water Backup Before It Happens!


Tip # 8
Reduce The Risk Of Lyme Disease

You can take these simple precautions to avoid being bitten by the deer tick that transmits Lyme Disease:


Tip # 7
Building or Remodeling?

"Green" energy-saving materials can save you money!


Tip # 6
Clean and Inspect Your Fireplace and Chimney

Prevent a fire hazard and keep your family safe!


Tip # 5
Quiet Those Squeaky Doors


Tip # 4
Water Heaters: Should you go tankless?


Tip # 3
There's a Fungus Among Us!

How do you know whether you have a mold problem?


Tip # 2
Avoid a Leaky Basement

Keep water away from your house with simple steps


Tip # 1
Save Money With Home Maintenance

Spend a little...save a lot!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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