6 Ways To Avoid A Plumbing Disaster This Winter

34463361_s (1)For most people, this is the time of year when spending time with friends and family is top of the to-do list.

Not only are there holidays to celebrate but the cold weather lends itself to staying indoors and spending quality time with loved ones.

Often, that quality time is spent sharing meals and enjoying each other’s company around the table. While the kitchen may be the heart of the home, it is also the part of the home that is the most vulnerable to plumbing disaster during the winter months.

Most specifically, a clogged garbage disposal is the number one reason that emergency plumbers are called to provide support to homeowners during the winter months.

Not only is there a lot more meal preparation and cleanup happening during the winter months but, there is also the fact that the foods that are prepared this time of the year are root vegetables and starchy foods with thick peels.

All of this leads to extra wear and tear on your garbage disposal and eventually, serious clogs. Thankfully, there are some things that you can do to protect your plumbing system and garbage disposal from falling victim to a serious clog this winter:


  • Always run the water when using your garbage disposal. Running it dry could lead to clogs because the water helps to push all of the pulp and materials down the drain.
  • Keep in mind that your disposal, kitchen sink, and dishwasher all use the same drain. Be mindful of what you are putting into each of these sections of your plumbing system as the single drain could become overwhelmed easily
  • Make sure to always put vegetable peelings, meat bones and scraps, and oil or grease into the garbage can. Putting these items into the garbage disposal could quickly lead to a serious problem.
  • Pour a pot of boiling water into your garbage disposal drain at least one time per month as a preventative maintenance measure.
  • Use small pieces of citrus peels and ice cubes to keep your disposal clean and fresh
  • Consider starting a composting bucket for your home to get rid of the biodegradable items that are not able to go into your disposal drain

Your disposal is an important part of your winter weather comfort. Make sure you are using it properly and not putting anything at risk. Follow these simple tips for best practices.

What are the benefits of having a garbage disposal?

Reasons To Get A Garbage Disposal Unit For Your Home


Broomall Garbage DisposalWhen you and your family are finished eating, what do you do with your food scraps? Some people throw them in the garbage. Others put them in the garbage disposal. Fewer yet put biodegradable waste in a compost pile. Where you throw your food waste, and what happens to it, may be more important than you think. Believe it or not, installing a garbage disposal unit in your home does more than grind up bits of food that are thrown down the drain, you are actually helping Mother Earth by having a garbage disposal. Most people do not realize the importance that garbage disposals play on the environment.

Surprisingly, garbage disposals help to support the going green movement. When you use a garbage disposal, less food goes to the landfill. When you use a garbage disposal, you avoid contributing to over 34 million tons of food that ends up being dumped in landfills. This excess waste causes harmful Methane gases to be emitted into the atmosphere. These gases hurt the environment. Methane gas is one of the leading causes of global warming.

Did you ever wonder what happens to the ground up waste in your garbage disposal? It goes directly into the sewer system. From there it gets treated at a water plant. Increasingly, water facilities are using equipment that converts food waste into a bio-gas. This gas is a renewable energy source that is put to good use. Additionally, some of the ground up waste is also converted into fertilizer. Unfortunately, less than 50% of Americans use a garbage disposal in their homes. As a result, most food waste goes to landfills. If you are a home owner, and are concerned about the environment, install a garbage disposal in your home, it helps reduce the amount of food that is thrown in the garbage.You are also helping our world stay healthy and clean.

Want to install a garbage disposal in Broomall, Springfield, Haverton or surrounding? Call John McCuen Plumbing Heating & Air at (610) 325-9395 and get started today!