Drain Cleaing

Three Things You Don’t Expect Could Be Clogging Your Bathroom Sink

Posted on September 16, 2022

Bathroom sinks always seem to get clogged. But what’s causing the problem? In most cases, it’s actually everyday household items that people tend to overlook. 

Let’s discuss three common items that could be causing your clogged drains and how you can keep them clear.

Can soap clog a sink drain?

You probably never thought the soap you use to wash your hands could be causing your drain to clog, but it can. Soap is made up of oils and fats, which can solidify and cling to the sides of your pipes. Over time, this build-up can cause a blockage.

There are a few things you can do to prevent this from happening. First, invest in a drain strain to catch the soap before it has a chance to enter your pipes. Second, switch to liquid soap instead of bar soap. This will help reduce the amount of build-up in your pipes.

Can toothpaste cause a clogged drain?

Toothpaste is another common culprit of clogged drains. Like soap, toothpaste is made up of oils and fats that can solidify over time and cause a blockage. 

A drain strain will also help prevent toothpaste from causing clogs, catching it before it has a chance to enter your pipes. You should also be careful about what kind of toothpaste you use, as abrasive types can damage your pipes.

Can makeup clog a drain?

Thick liquid creams and foundations may leave a woman’s skin looking flawless, but they’re particularly problematic for your pipes. Cosmetics, especially foundation, can be very thick and oily. When it’s washed down the sink, it solidifies and adheres to the sides of your pipes. Over time, this build-up can cause a blockage.

To prevent this from happening, use makeup-removing wipes before washing your face. Wipes will remove most of the makeup before it has a chance of washing down the sink. You should also be careful about what kind of makeup you use. For example, avoid using thick, oily foundations. Instead, opt for lighter, water-based formulas.

These are just a few common household items that could be causing your bathroom sink to clog. By being aware of these items and taking steps to prevent them from entering your pipes, you can avoid having to deal with a clogged drain. But if you need help with a stubborn clog, give us a call.

Raider Rooter has been helping South Florida maintain and manage its plumbing and sewer since 1978. So, let us put our expertise to work for you. And if you’re after tips and tricks for frequent plumbing problems, consult our blog for thorough and helpful information.

Do You Know the Stinky Truth About Grease Trap Maintenance?

Posted on May 7, 2022

When it comes to terrible smells, dirty restaurant grease traps definitely rank near the top. And it’s no wonder when you start to consider their purpose. These devices are designed to collect oil, fats, and other greasy substances that accumulate during cooking. And while the contraptions prevent that waste from entering your drains and clogging your sewer, the smell can be hard to tolerate. And it’s worse if the trap is not properly maintained or cleaned regularly! 

Neglected grease traps can become a breeding ground for bacteria and other harmful substances. This can make your kitchen environment unpleasant, as well as pose health risks to your customers and employees. 

How often should I have my grease trap cleaned?

Ideally, grease traps should be cleaned every 1-3 months. However, some restaurants may need to clean their traps more frequently if their kitchens are particularly busy or if they’re using a lot of cooking oils and fats. 

When is the best time to have grease traps cleaned?

Cleaning a grease trap is not always a pleasant task. It’s messy and smelly and requires a lot of heavy lifting, as well as close contact with potentially hazardous substances like the chemicals used for disinfecting. So, many restaurants prefer to have their traps cleaned while the restaurant is closed. 

Can I clean my own grease trap?

When it comes to grease trap maintenance, it’s always best to leave the work to a professional. While the concept of the trap is self-explanatory, it’s a complicated system. The traps work by slowing down the flow of water through a tank or series of tanks that have been installed between the source of the waste and a sewer line. If you attempt to tackle the clean-up on your own, you could expose yourself to a number of dangerous health risks since grease traps can be breeding grounds for bacteria and other microorganisms. 

If you’re not sure how often your restaurant or kitchen should be cleaning its grease traps, don’t hesitate to call Raider Rooter. We’ve been helping South Florida maintain and manage its plumbing and sewer since 1978. So, let us put our expertise to work for you. And if you’re after tips and tricks for frequent plumbing problems, be sure to consult our blog for thorough and helpful information.

How to Protect Your Plumbing for the Next Big Storm

Posted on August 30, 2021

This time of year, when temperatures are high, storms start to form in the ocean. Those of us who’ve lived in South Florida long enough know a thing or two about how to react – prepare, prepare, prepare.
We all experience a collective sigh of relief when a storm pivots to our advantage. But it’s best to also be prepared for when we’re at a disadvantage. And that includes our plumbing.

Here’s how to protect your plumbing for the next big storm.

Before the storm …

  • Stock up on water in the bathrooms and the kitchen, so you’re able to flush the toilets and wash your hands. 
  • Turn off your main water valve to prevent contaminated water from getting into your plumbing system. 
  • Turn off your water heater to avoid undue stress on your plumbing system
  • Remove leaves and debris from gutters, downspouts, and drains so rainwater drains the way it’s supposed to and underground pipes don’t get overwhelmed by dirt and debris.

After the storm …

  • Contact your city to find out about the status of your water supply. If it’s safe, switch the main valve back on.
  • Once it’s safe to go outside, clear the debris from your gutters, downspouts, and drains.
  • Look for upturned and displaced trees and shrubs that can become a problem for underground pipes down the line. 

To learn more about how to prepare your plumbing for hurricane season, contact Raider Rooter today. We’ve been helping South Florida maintain and manage its plumbing since 1978. In that time, we’ve seen a lot of hurricanes. So, let us put our expertise to work for you.

As always, whether you’re after tips and tricks for frequent plumbing problems or more extensive plumbing insight, be sure to consult our blog for thorough and helpful information.

The Importance of Hiring Licensed Plumbers

Posted on July 22, 2020

Need to figure out how to unclog a drain or change a faucet? How-to videos have encouraged many to try these minor plumbing repairs on their own.

But what if you are unsuccessful? Or if you’re facing a bigger, more elaborate problem? Then it’s important to call a professional. But don’t entrust your home or business to just anyone. You want to make sure you hire a licensed plumber.

There are many reasons why you shouldn’t hire an unlicensed worker. However, there are also specific environmental, professional, and financial reasons to be sure you hire a licensed professional.

Environmental. 

Plumbing systems contain toxic gases and harmful waste materials. Faulty plumbing can expose you to contaminants and biohazards. Licensed plumbers are knowledgeable about the protocols, safety codes and precautions necessary for dealing with these environmental hazards. They will ensure your plumbing system follows all local regulations to help keep you safe.

Professional. 

The best way to guarantee quality work is by hiring a licensed plumber. Licensed professionals have gone through training and certification. They have the knowledge and skills to provide quality work. They will know how to thoroughly inspect your plumbing and identify the cause of the problem.

Financial. 

When it comes to plumbing services, hiring someone who isn’t licensed could end up costing you. An inexperienced person might miss a warning sign or make a mistake and make the problem worse. In the long run, hiring licensed professionals will save you time and money. Each plumber at Raider Rooter will outline the work needed to complete your project along with the cost of each action. It’s a simple, straightforward process. If a needed repair seems financially out-of-scope, we can work with you to set up affordable financing options.

There are too many risks and uncertainties associated with hiring an unlicensed plumber. When it comes to plumbing problems, it’s always best to seek licensed plumbing experts, like Raider Rooter We are fully licensed and provide quality plumbing services within the standards and codes of the Florida Department of Health.

Our expert plumbing professionals provide a variety of plumbing services for both residential and commercial properties, including:

  • Drain cleaning
  • Septic cleaning and inspections
  • Plumbing repairs
  • Camera line inspections
  • High-pressure water jetting

Call us at 866-672-4337 for a plumbing check-up, to take a look at that nagging drip, or for help in a plumbing emergency. We are ready to help.

The Six Worst Things to Dump Down a Garbage Disposal

Posted on January 28, 2020

Close Up of a steel kitchen sink

The garbage disposal is one of the kitchen’s most convenient features. But perhaps the name “garbage disposal” gives homeowners a misguided notion of what it can withstand. While this magical contraption was designed to take on plenty, it has its limits. Here are six things to never put in your disposal if you want to keep it working properly and prevent your drains from clogging.

  • Cooking fat and grease. Pouring fat and grease down your drain is a major no-no! Once the liquid cools, it will solidify and clog your pipes.

  • Bones. Bones belong in the trash, not down the disposal. While your
    disposal’s blades might seem sturdy, they weren’t designed to break down tough
    items, such as bones.

  • Fruit pits. Just like bones, fruit pits should not be dropped down the
    drain. If you love cherries, peaches, mangoes, and avocadoes, then you know
    they all have hard, dense pits. Those pits will bounce around and dull your
    disposal blades.

  • Stringy vegetables. Stringy foods like celery, rhubarb,
    asparagus, and pumpkin guts can wrap around the base of the garbage disposal
    underneath the blades and wear out the motor.

  • Coffee grounds. Coffee grounds might look perfectly harmless,
    but they’re not. In excess, the grounds will become a thick sludge, which will
    clog up both the blades and the pipes.

  • Starchy foods. If you’ve ever cooked rice and pasta, you know both expand when soaked in water. So, dumping them down the disposal, which is always wet, will expose them to more water, causing them to keep expanding, and eventually clog your pipes.

Infrequently dropping one of these items will not cause your disposal to brake or your pipes to clog. But it’s probably a good idea to make a habit of walking to the trashcan. But if you happen to dispose of something that causes your disposal to malfunction, call Raider Rooter. We’ve been providing South Florida with reliable, affordable, and high-quality plumbing services for over 40 years.

New Equipment = Better Service

Posted on February 3, 2019

Image is of a vactor truck arriving and dropping off the truck.

Every business owner wants to run and grow the type of business on which its customers can rely. One that’s trustworthy, reliable, and head and shoulders above the competition. At Raider Rooter, we believe one way to achieve that goal is to reinvest in the company. For us, that means making sure our staff is top-quality, our equipment is exceptional, and our products are first-rate.

This year, among other reinvestments, we’re adding a Vactor truck to our fleet. Purchasing new equipment allows us to better serve our customers. This upgraded truck means our team can service and maintain storm drains more effectively and productively, allowing us to help more customers when they need us the most.

Along with our new equipment, we continue to invest in the best septic products in the market. You trust us with the maintenance of your home and business, and we take that responsibility seriously. We wholeheartedly believe that quality matters, which is why we never compromise on the quality of our products.

Every Raider Rooter product is carefully selected to help improve the performance of our clients’ septic systems without negatively impacting the environment. The Raider Rooter Septic Tank and Drainfield Treatment revitalizes slow working drainfields by eliminating proteins, starch, cellulose, lipids, grease, detergents, and foul odors. The Raider Rooter Maintainer is an easy-to-use concentrate that penetrates and digests grease, soaps, and detergents in the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry drains. Lenzyme and Trap-Cleer both remove accumulated, increasing the capacity for waste elimination.

Raider Rooter has been providing South Florida with reliable, affordable, and high-quality plumbing services for over 40 years. Investing in new equipment and innovative products will allow us to continue to provide stellar service for another 40. Let us put our commitment to work for you.

Preparing Storm Drains & Catch Basins for a Hurricane

Posted on August 29, 2018

Image Depicts a storm drain clogged with leaves and rushing water

Prior to the start of hurricane season, meteorologists predicted “a near-average number of hurricanes and tropical storms” for this year. And while we’ve had calm ocean waters up to this point, the memory of Hurricane Irma has yet to fade for most South Florida residents. And while we all know how to get our homes ready for a hurricane, do you know how to get your storm drain and catch basin ready?

Storm drains and catch basins, which were created to prevent trash and debris from entering a drainage system, flow into a natural body of water, like a stream, a river, or a lake. The influx of water during a hurricane can cause major problems to our city’s infrastructure. With nowhere else to go, when those bodies of water reach their capacity, sewage waste has nowhere else to go but into your home.

Luckily, there are ways to prevent this. Here are a few simple things you can do to prepare your plumbing for hurricane season:

  1. Clean out the area drain covers around your property. Just one clogged area drain grating can cause flooding.
  2. Make sure the caps or plugs on your sewer trap are sealed tight. If they look old or ill-fitting, replace them immediately.
  3. And, most importantly, be proactive about drain maintenance. The best time to have a professional troubleshoot your property for potential problems is before the winds and rains.

Contact Raider Rooter to find out more about our services, preventative measures, and to make sure your home is ready in the event of a hurricane. Raider Rooter has been providing South Florida with reliable, affordable, and high-quality plumbing services since 1978. Let us put our expertise to work for you.

Clogged Drain Catastrophes

Posted on May 30, 2018

Owning a home might be part of the American Dream, but maintaining that home takes a lot of work and responsibility. Just like regular oil changes are necessary to keep your car’s engine running smoothly, regular home maintenance tasks will keep your home in tip-top shape, and save you from future headaches and expenses.

Cleaning Your Waste Lines

Because waste lines are hidden, it’s hard to recognize when problems arise. This makes preventive measures that much more important. As a general rule, you should have sewer lines cleaned every 18-22 months. It’s also important to know the warning signs that could lead to a potential disaster. Sewer odors, slow drains, repeated clogs, and gurgling sounds should be cause for concern. Of course, if you’re experiencing problems regularly, you may consider scheduling a video inspection to determine if there’s a larger problem.

Cleaning Your A/C Line

In addition to cooling your home, your a/c unit lowers the humidity level inside your home by removing moisture from the air through a small drain pipe. Over time, all that moisture can lead to mold and mildew, creating a clog in that drain line. If left unattended, that clog could cause water to back up and overflow inside the air conditioning unit, which is why it should be cleaned out annually.

Cleaning Your French Drain

Many drainage problems in Florida occur because yards are below ground level. During hurricanes, tropical depressions, or severe rain storms, like the ones we’ve been experiencing lately, water has nowhere to go. This can cause flooding in your yard and perhaps even your home. French drains collect that water, sending it out to the street. While these drains don’t require much maintenance, they can become clogged with leaves and other debris. Annual cleaning is recommended to maintain their effectiveness.

Your home is probably the biggest investment you’ll ever make. Raider Rooter’s qualified service professionals can provide the service needed to help you maintaining that investment. Contact us; we’ve been providing South Florida with reliable, affordable and high-quality plumbing services since 1978. Let us put our expertise to work for you.

There’s Nothing Like Low Water Pressure. Not.

Posted on February 26, 2017

There’s nothing more irritating than jumping in the shower, expecting a good, strong soak, and instead feeling like you’re being sprinkled with a drizzly rain. Low water pressure makes simple, every-day activities, like showering and washing dishes, frustrating and time consuming. So what causes low water pressure? Here are a few culprits …

  • Faulty pressure regulator. The water pressure regulator is a small device typically found below the front hose connection of your home. They’re usually preset by the manufacturer, and never thought of again by the homeowner. But sometimes a regulator goes bad and needs to be replaced.
  • Mineral buildup. Calcium, limescale and other mineral sediment can build up in your pipes from the deposits that water leaves behind when traveling through your home. While the effects of the buildup can be quite a nuisance, ignoring the problem can turn a nuisance into a nightmare. The accumulation of mineral will eventually block your plumbing.
  • Corrosion buildup. Your pipes are probably as old as your home. So, how old is your home? Your water piping systems are intended to last 20 years. If your home is older, that may be part of the problem. That’s because the insides of these pipes tend to block the flow of water with the natural corrosion that occurs over the years.
  • Water pipe leaks. A leaky pipe, regardless of the size of the leak, will result in a lower water pressure because not all of the water is flowing toward its intended place. The issue is determining whether or not you have a leak. Here’s how: shut off all of the water taps inside and outside your home, and check your water meter reading. Check the meter again a few hours later. If your water usage has increased at all since the first time you checked it, there’s a good chance you have a leak.

If you’re having a problem with the water pressure in your home, the good news is you can troubleshoot a few of the simpler things yourself. If you’ve determined that your home’s low water pressure is a problem best suited for a professional, visit us at raiderrooter.com to schedule an appointment.

5 Drain Cleaning Tips to Help Your Drains Run Clog Free

Posted on January 5, 2017

These 5 drain cleaning tips will help you maintain a happy and healthy drain system within your home or business.

1. When to Schedule a Drain Cleaning?

Pouring a bottle of acidic chemicals down a clogged drain is not “Drain cleaning”. This is just a type of “drain unclogging”—and many times it won’t achieve that. Worse, those chemicals can end up doing damage to your drainpipe!

Actual drain cleaning is a professional service that licensed plumbers can perform for you using tools such as motorized drain snakes and powerful hydro-jetting equipment. But when should you arrange for drain cleaning? There are two specific times, which we’ll look at below.

Yearly

As part of general maintenance for the plumbing in your household or business, having a drain cleaning professional to clean you drain should be a service that you have done once a year. This is a great preventive measure against all sorts of drain and sewer troubles. Using hydro-jetters, plumbers can so thoroughly scour away the organic gunk and other build-up on the drainpipe walls. Regular drain cleaning also helps to stop problems with high-water pressure, limescale from hard water, and bad-smelling drains.

Emergency Clogs

When you run into a clog in your sink or other drain in your house or business that you can’t get rid of using a plunger or a hand-crank drain snake is the time to call on professionals to completely clean the drain. Simply punching a hole through a clog to allow water through usually means the blockage will start up again a short time later. The complete scouring of the drain that you’ll receive from professional drain cleaning will not only get rid of the clogging, it will stop it from coming bac

2. Preventive Drain Cleaning Prevents Major Plumbing Problems

A clogged drain can be prevented if steps are taken to maintain your pipe systems. Using a drain cleaning product from time to time when no backup is present can slow down the buildup of debris. Putting steel mesh covers over the drain hole will catch solid matter before it gets into the pipes and causes a backup. Also, as part of weekly household maintenance, cleaning kitchen and bathroom drains with baking soda will make future unclogging easier.

Drain cleaning in commercial facilities presents maintenance and engineering managers with many challenges.

By understanding the most pressing drain-cleaning challenges related to both equipment and processes, homeowners and front-line technicians can develop solutions to prevent and detect these problems.

Points of entry

Problems related to drain cleaning can be curtailed at the entry points for drain systems.

Using toilets as wastebaskets creates recurring problems. Children drop toys in them, and adults use them to dispose of all manner of solid objects that end up caught in traps, causing overflows.

Floor drains are also often abused. Rather than sweep up solid trash before washing down garage and kitchen floors, cleaners often just hose down the floors, letting solid debris enter the sewer system and clog lines, overload settling basins and cause backups.

Commercial kitchens in health care and education facilities are especially hard on drains because of waste water that contains fats, oil and grease, which includes petroleum-based products and lotions. Foul odors are a nasty problem that results when decomposing food accumulates on top of hardened grease in grease traps. Ineffective grease trap pumping does not remove grease buildup but instead leaves crusted grease on trap walls.

3. Video Pipe Inspections: What They Are and Why We Do Them

Video pipe inspection equipment is one of the technologies the plumbing industry has moved into. When it comes to many basic jobs, the tools haven’t changed in decades. But video inspections have made it much easier for plumbers to diagnose and fix problems using the standard tools of the past.

About Video Pipe Inspections

Not that long ago, a plumber could not examine the inside of pipes. Trying to figure out where leaks were occurring, or finding out what was wrong with a pipe that was hidden under construction material or a concrete slab involved mostly educated guesswork—and a few mistakes.

Today, we live in a world with miniaturized cameras, and that gives plumbers the power to closely examine the interior of pipes. Video pipe inspection equipment consists of a digital camera and LED light mounted on the end of a long fiber-optic cable. A plumber sends the cable down into a drain or other access point, and then can watch the images sent back from the camera on a hi-def monitor. The plumber can get up close with the interior of the plumbing system.

Video pipe inspections are invaluable when it comes to locating pipe leaks. There’s no need to guess where the leaking pipe is located: the camera can find the exact spot the plumbers need to go. This eliminates needless damage to construction material when reaching the pipe. Video inspections are also useful for dealing with tough clogs. The plumber will find out what type of material is clogging up the pipe and discover the fastest way to deal with it. Video inspections saves time and make sure the plumbers get the job done right.

 

4. Portable Pipe Jetting is the Solution for Clogged Drain lines

Tough clogs are no match for a high-pressure pipe jetter. Plumbing professionals can now use high-pressure water to clear drain lines clogged with grease, sand, and sludge. This new tool helps the professional safely clean your pipes.

A High-pressure water drain cleaning devices works well for small-diameter lines. A lightweight jetter is easily portable and has a host of features such as a four-piece nozzle set and a faucet adapter. A flexible hose can easily slide around tight bends in small lines and down long runs.

 

5. Hire a Professional

Hiring a professional drain and sewer cleaning service may end up being a little more expensive than doing it yourself, but often, hiring a drain cleaning professional can save hundreds of dollars in the long run.

Drain cleaning professionals  have the plumbing tools and drain cleaning equipment, such as snakes and jetters, which most people don’t have around the home or office. A snake is a coil of wire that threads down pipes to break up blockage and clear clogged drains more quickly and easily. Sometimes, plumbers will have to completely open clogged drains to pump out water and debris.

Caring for and maintaining kitchen and bathroom drains saves money and time down the road. If the problem is something that can’t easily be fixed, it’s never hard to find certified professionals who are willing to help out.

Call 866-672-4337 To arrange for drain cleaning, either as regular service or in an emergency, call Radier Rooter We serve the Palm Beach and Broward County areas.

 

Enjoy a Clog-free Thanksgiving with these tips

Posted on October 11, 2016

Here are a few tips to help you avoid the need for a plumber after this year’s Thanksgiving.

A lot of food is prepared, eaten and disposed of on Thanksgiving day. This is were clean up and leftovers clog your pipes. Many plumbers say the day after Thanksgiving is their single busiest day of the year

  1.  Watch the garbage disposal.

Having company means your cooking for more than your normal amount of family members. The garbage disposal will get a robust workout on this festive day, more than any other day of the year. It also means that if you aren’t careful with what you put down the drain, and the amount you are dumping into the sink your could end up with a clogged drain.

  1.  Watch jewelry and other miscellaneous items.

Food is not the only culprit of a clogged drain on Thanksgiving. Plumbers say they’re also getting calls to retrieve other items from the kitchen pipes. These include jewelry, napkin holders, pens, and kid’s toys. Remember to take off all your jewelry when preparing food or cleaning up.

  1.  Harsh items on your drain.

Items that don’t do well in your garbage disposal or drains are as follows;

  • Fats, oils and anything greasy – Many fats and oils are used to cook a Thanksgiving meal. When cleaning up, put them in an old soup can, let cool, and throw in the trash.
  • Turkey bones – The first bone may not break the garbage disposal, but continued stress.
  • Gristle – a solid version of fat is great for creating a clog.
  • Onion and potato peelings – They can form a paste once that are stuffed down the drained and soaked. This paste will eventually swell, forming a nasty clog.

Most of these items can be too difficult for a homeowner to handle on his own. To be on the safe side, if you are unsure whether to put any food item down the drain, throw it in the trash.

  1.  Watch those kids.

Thanksgiving day often brings the entire family together, including kids of all ages. Younger children can occasionally cause problems by stuffing the wrong items into the toilet to see if they can flush it away. Plumbers say that can include anything from diapers and tampons to kitty litter and dog toys. If any of the these wrong items makes it down the toilet, it won’t take long before it clogs up the line.

Keep these tips in mind so you may enjoy your day without the need for a plumber.

If you do have a drain issue, please call Raider Rooter at 561.672.4337

 

How To Keep Your Kitchen Sink & Disposal Smelling Nice and Clog Free

Posted on September 15, 2016

clean drains and disposal

Keeping the heavily used kitchen sink clog free relieves headaches from the everyday use your family needs. Your daily tasks like prepping food, washing dishes and removing waste down the garbage disposal.

I would venture to say that you simply scrub and clean the surface of your sink but never think about what’s going on down the drain.

There is a process for cleaning your sink and disposal the right way.

Learn how and why to clean your sink and disposal. It’s time to hunker down, and get to work!

Why Cleaning Your Kitchen Sink & Disposal is Necessary

Your kitchen sink is one spot where odors, germs and food scraps are sure to congregate. While garbage disposals are normally self-cleaning, they do need some tender loving care from time to time. Just because you can’t see the grime, that doesn’t mean it’s not there.

Doing a deep clean of your kitchen sink and disposal is important for the safety and health of your family and home. Taking care of these products is necessary to ensure they’re free of debris, germs and functioning properly at all times.

How to Clean Your Kitchen Sink & Disposal

Sanitizing your sink is important in getting rid it of any harmful grime and odors. Running water down your kitchen sink a few times a day washes away particles handing around your sink, but it doesn’t clean germs and bacteria.

Your Kitchen Sink

Here are the steps and materials you need to complete a deep clean of your kitchen sink:
Materials Needed

  • Liquid dishwashing soap
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Baking soda

Tools

  • Old toothbrush
  • Soft sponge

Step 1:

Thoroughly wipe down and rinse out your sink. If you have a stainless steel sink, you should use a mild soap and nylon sponge, or soft rag. Be aware that ammonia, bleach or abrasive cleaners can ruin the finish. Salt and acid in food can potentially damage the finish, so it’s important rinse and wipe down your sink on a regular basis.

Step 2: 

Grab your baking soda and scatter it over the surface of your sink. Work it into a paste and rinse thoroughly.

Step 3: 

Soak paper towels in white vinegar and then line the sink with the saturated towels. Let the towels sit for about 20 minutes. Clear and dispose of the paper towels.

Step 4:

Rinse the sink with warm soapy water.

Step 5:

Wipe the faucet and handles with a mild soapy solution. Use the toothbrush to clean the hard-to-reach areas. If you see any spots lingering, use a cloth soaked in white vinegar to remove them.

Once you’re finished cleaning, do one last deep rinse and dry with a soft rag. Your sink should now be shiny and squeaky clean!

Your Disposal

Now let’s take a look at how to best clean your garbage disposal. The most important part of this process is your safety. Never take any action that’ll compromise your well-being while cleaning your garbage disposal.

Materials Needed

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Boiling water
  • Ice
  • Sea salt
  • 1 Lemon or lime

Step 1:

Sprinkle a 1/2 cup of baking soda down your disposal. Add 1 cup of white vinegar and allow the mixture to fizz and make a bit of noise. Let the mixture sit and work for a few minutes. Then, boil a kettle of hot water. Pour the boiling water down the drain.

Step 2:

Fill the drain with two cups of ice. Pour one cup of salt over the ice cubes (rock salt is great if you have it). Run some cold water. Turn on the garbage disposal until the ice is gone.

The combination of salt and ice will help loosen the grime and debris from the grinding elements.

Step 3: 

Let’s finish it of. Cut a lemon (or lime) in half. Turn the water on and run the garbage disposal. Add the lemon/limes to the disposal one by one.

That’s it, you’re done! The fruit will clean and deodorize your drain!

In Conclusion

A thorough cleaning of your sink and garbage disposal is needed for a happy healthy sink and drain system. Getting rid of odor by killing germs and bacteria.

In a nut shell, cleaning your kitchen sink and disposal is a pretty easy process and doesn’t take to much time.

If you ever run into sink and drain issues, Radier Rooter can help. Please contact at (866) 672-4337.
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