Tips to Keep the Plumber Away

Take the time now to avoid a backup later.


  1. Don’t put anything but food items down the garbage disposal
  2. Don’t put any coffee grounds or tea leaves down the garbage disposal
  3. Don’t put any large food items down the garbage disposal
  4. Don’t put seeds, celery asparagus artichokes corn silks or corncobs in the garbage disposal.
  5. Don’t put anything down the sink drain where there is no garbage disposal
  6. Don’t put anything with bones or rinds like cantaloupe down the garbage disposal
  7. Don’t pour grease down the garbage disposal or sink drain.
  8. NEVER put rice or any kind of pasta down the garbage disposal or the sink, as they do not easily wash through the system and swell up to more than 10 times their size/
  9. Never put bleach in the garbage disposal, the sink or the toilet bowl. Bleach may keep it clean for a time but will soon eat away your drain system, whatever the material.
  10. Never flush down the toilet any paper towels, Kleenex, baby wipes, disposable diapers or any feminine hygiene products.


  1. If grease does get in the garbage disposal or sink drain rinse it down for a long time with hot water, then run cold water for at least 10 seconds. Longer is preferred.
  2. After every usage of the garbage disposal run water after turning it off the disposal for at least 10 seconds.
  3. To keep the garbage disposal blades clean and sharp run the disposal after putting in a handful of ice cubes (about 2 cups) and 1 cup rock salt.

Reminder: It is probably outlined in your rental agreement you are responsible to pay for the maintenance and repair of all plumbing and drains that are tenant related. If not you will be charged for any and all damages to the premises as a result of failure to report a problem in a timely manner. As the tenant, you will have to pay for any plumbing problems, stoppages, drainage problems or removal of items blocking the plumbing caused by your actions.

Please maintain your drains and plumbing so that you don’t have to call a plumber or to be back charged by your landlord for a plumbing charge. Using a plunger on a regular basis is also recommended. It is also likely that your landlord is responsible for defective plumbing parts and or tree roots invading sewer lines. And, the plumber on call will know the difference.


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