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Oct 19, 2013 1:19PM
if you think you know everything about plumbing thats where you find out the real truth!!. ex. backwash filter discharge piping tee off and supplying bathroom sink for cold water?? this guy knew all about plumbing?? youre filtering water and supplying it back to a fixture with contaminated water??. service call was for cloudy water!!!
Oct 19, 2013 12:47PM
Before one does anything they need to be informed. Most of the issues here are common sense, but unfortunately allot of people are lacking in that attribute.
Oct 19, 2013 11:46AM

Well, what about overloading you waste treatment plant with stuff that should go into garbage.


For every dollar we pay for water, we pay two for waste treatment. 


Some people compost.





Septic tank users know better!! 


Some people just do not think or care or are plain  "under informed"


George P.



Oct 19, 2013 9:00AM
Don't ever dispose of Metamucil in the sink.  Turns to gel and everything stops as if it's frozen.  Also, my garbage disposal has blades.
Oct 19, 2013 8:57AM
Garbage disposals are necessary because we think they are. Better to use the trash can than having problems with this gadget. Once it dies, take it out and never think of it again.
Oct 19, 2013 8:53AM
Im a plumber, thank you for posting this article. You wouldn't believe how little common sense some folks have lol.
Oct 19, 2013 8:48AM
Oct 19, 2013 6:54AM
They left one out. If it aint broke, don't fix it. One micro turn on an old connection and bingo....a new leak.
Oct 19, 2013 5:45AM
when your child ends up in the hospital because of improper plumbing installation from un licensed people you will think twice. if he or she makes it!!!  then you will see its more than 3 things about becoming a licensed plumber. couple of things to know about garbage disposals the smaller horse power the less it grinds up, improper sized kitchen drains doesnt matter what type you have it is not going to work properly. maintenance , tablespoon of oil, couple ice cubes, and baking soda helps clean the inside of the garbage disposal. let it run to push the waste into your larger pipes to properly dispose. 
Oct 19, 2013 5:29AM

Run your disposal after each use a few seconds longer to make sure all the garbage has went through the disposals plumbing. Running water a few seconds longer also helps to flush the debris a little farther down the drain. I run a few drops of Dawn and bleach down the disposal every few days to help fight from having ecoli and other harmful bacteria from growing and spreading  Even mold. A disposal has more fungi, bacteria and other harmful things in it than a toilet. Ever smelt bad oders? Bacteria growing. Keep it clean.



Oct 19, 2013 5:14AM

Only three things you have to know to be a plumber.

1- hot is on the left

2- cold is on the right

3- schidt won't run uphill

Oct 19, 2013 3:57AM
One of the biggest mistakes people make with disposers is that they do not run the water long enough so that the disposer has enough grinding time and flush out time to prevent the output from clogging the p-trap below. Let the water run and the disp[oser run for a while after the disposer sounds like it is done!
Oct 19, 2013 3:36AM
I love my disposal.....take the time to learn what to putt there and what NOT to..... don't cram stuff for one thing.  you have to 'feed' it.
Oct 19, 2013 2:48AM

First mistake peeling over a sink with a Band-Aid on your thumb, compost everywhere are screaming.  So many things one can do besides throw edibles even undesirable produce product down a disposer. Now that said does not mean it is okay to toss peels or scrap in the trash.


If your going to bleed from your thumb for scrap and peels over a sink and disposer then what is gained nothing but a simple convenience, so losing blood on food before the sink then the river banks your blood.


Compost everywhere are demanding equality. Feed the earth bank the garden.

Oct 19, 2013 2:06AM
Yep, I did that with my garbage disposal. I swear I read the instructions 3 times and never saw the part about removing the plug. But why would I call a plumber to have him come out to take the disposal out and remove the plug after I did the installation? I just removed the disposal, knocked out the plug and reinstalled it.
Oct 18, 2013 11:49PM

In their defence, garbage disposals used to have blades in the older homes, *smile*

Oct 18, 2013 10:31PM
Garbage disposals dont have blades. Everyone thinks that but its more of a grinder. How do u write an article about plumbing mistakes and not know that?
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