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Freshen Your Garbage Disposal

Do you have a funky smell coming from around your sink?  Does it get especially bad overnight? You may need to freshen up yourdouble bowl stainless garbage disposal.  Food and gunk can collect in the intricate pieces that make up the disposal and lead to some pretty significant odors.  So, how can you brighten that up and make it smell fresh?  Deodorize!

Start by cleaning it up! Clean and sanitize your drain and disposal by using a disinfectant and abrasion tool.  This is really simple!  Put some large ice cubes down the drain, along with some salt and dish detergent.  Turn the water on and run the disposal.  The ice will serve as an abrasive when the blades slice the ice into bits and will sharpen the blades. The salt will also serve as an abrasive.  The detergent will disinfect any remaining gunk.

 Next, deodorize.  Start by boiling 4 quarts of water on the stovePlace baking soda in the disposal unit.  Let sit for a few minutes.  Turn on the disposal unit and add an equal amount of white vinegar to the drain.  The mixture will bubble up.  Follow with boiling hot water to clear any remaining residue.  Now your drains and disposal are completely clean.

 Finally, give it that fresh smell you love.  Cut lemons into quarters  and place in the drain.  Add a small amount of salt to act as an abrasive.  Feel free to leave them in there until you run the disposal again, or run the disposal for a shot amount of time until you can clear the lemons.  This will also work for limes.  The acid in the fruit will help to prevent future accumulation and build up.

Have a plumbing issue and need some help?  Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day.  If water runs through it – We Do It!

How to Choose a Dishwasher

Choosing a dishwasher is much easier (and a lot more fun) than in the past!GoGreenPlumbing

In the past, there were very limited options.  You basically could only choose which color you wanted. Now, options are endless it seems. Options include traditional dishwashers with basically just a “start” feature and to high-end options with sleek and smooth stainless steel fronts, dishdrawers, countertop models and even in-sink models for smaller loads.  So, with this bewildering array of choices how do you decide which model is right for you?

First, consider you dishwashing needs.  Large families, or people that enjoy cooking extensively, may opt for a more traditional type of dishwasher in stainless steel with adjustable racks that can accommodate larger pots.  Smaller families or those living in smaller spaces may opt for a countertop model or even dishdrawers that can wash smaller loads more frequently. 

Second, consider the aesthetic of your space.  If you prefer sleek , professional looking appliances the stainless steel models, and especially newer black stainless steel models that resist fingerprints, might be just the ticket.  If you like for your kitchen to look cohesive, you can purchase panels that match your cabinet fronts to attach to the front of the dishwasher.  This custom look is popular in high-end homes. 

Finally, decide which specific issues are important to you – cleaning delicate crystal, energy efficiency, noise level, heavy duty pot and pans cycle?  Different models are better at each of these functions of use.  With today’s open floor plans and kitchen-centric entertaining noise level has become increasingly important.  Similarly, energy efficiency is an important issue for many looking to reduce their ecological footprint and associate costs of operation.

Have a plumbing issue and need some help?  Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day.  If water runs through it – We Do It!