Monday, November 25, 2013

Turkey Day



With THANKSGIVING just days away, we are all thinking of Family, Food and Football not to forget the Bruins and Rangers on Friday,  we at Simmons would like to offer some things you can do to prevent expensive repairs to your Garbage Disposal.

*DO keep your garbage disposal clean. Pour a little dish soap inside and let the garbage disposal run for a minute with some cold water after washing dishes.
*DO run your garbage disposal regularly. Frequent use prevents rust and corrosion, assures that all parts stay moving and prevents obstructions from accumulating.
*DO use cold water. Why cold water? It will cause any grease or oils that may get into the unit to solidify, so that they can be chopped up before reaching the trap.
*DO grind small chicken and fish bones, small fruit pits, etc. A scouring action is created by these particles inside the grind chamber that cleans the garbage disposal’s walls.
*DO grind peelings from citrus fruits such as lemons or oranges to freshen up drain smells.
*DO cut large items into smaller pieces. Put them into the garbage disposal one at a time instead of trying to shove a large amount in at once.

And as always if all else fails let a professional fix your garbage disposal.

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Monday, November 11, 2013


With the WORLD SERIES WON and HALLOWEEN behind us it is now time to look ahead at the upcoming holiday season.
November means Thanksgiving.
Along with family, food and football it also means extra stress and use on your plumbing both in the kitchen and bathroom.

  With that in mind we at Simmons Plumbing would like to provide  some easy tips to that could possibly help you save on expensive repairs. Today we would like to offer some advice on keeping  your garbage disposal running at tip top condition:

* Don’t pour grease, oil or fat down your disposal or drain. Grease will build up, impede your disposal’s grinding ability and also clog your drain.

* Don’t put fibrous material like celery stalks, onion skins, and corn husks down the disposal. They can get tangled and jam the motor and also clog drains .

* Don’t put too many potato peels down the disposal. Potato starches can turn into a thick paste and cause blades to stick.

* Don’t put large amounts of food of any kind down the disposal all at once. Feed food a little at a time with the cold water running; this will help the food scraps flow down freely and avoid clogged drains.

* Don’t put expandable foods like pasta and rice down the disposal.They expand when you add water in a pot and do the same once inside your disposal or pipes. These are a very common cause for jams and clogs.

* Don’t grind beef and pork bones.

* Don’t put coffee grounds down the disposal. They won’t harm the disposal but they can build up in drains and pipes and cause clogs.

*Don’t use hot water when using your disposal. Hot water will cause grease to liquefy, causing your drain to clog.

*Don’t turn off the motor or water until grinding is completed. When grinding is complete, turn off the the garbage disposal first. Let water continue to run for at least 15 seconds.. Then turn off  the water.

*Don’t use harsh chemicals like bleach or drain cleaners in your disposal. They can damage blades and pipes. Use Borax instead. It is a natural sink cleaner and sanitizer that effectively works on odor-causing mold and mildew that accumulates in garbage disposals.