10 Seemingly Harmless Things Destroying Idaho Kitchen Plumbing

My caffeine addiction broke our garbage disposal.

We all have our bad habits, but one of the worst is taking our kitchen plumbing for granted. Have you ever thought about what goes down the drain and what impact it has on our plumbing? Maybe you want it, and soon.

My garbage disposal had a bad breakdown this week with leftover coffee grounds, and it's making me think about plumbing more than ever. By the way, my handy and currently disgruntled husband can attest to how miserable it was trying to fix the garbage disposal and pipes that I had too often taken for granted.

But doesn't the garbage disposal prevent the drain from clogging?

To a certain extent, yes. But flushing large chunks of trash into the trash can can cause big problems. Hard foods and leftover food packaging can destroy your entire garbage disposal system, so replacement will cost around $300.

A garbage disposal is not a trash can: a life lesson.

It's probably safe to assume that most Idahoans wash leftover food from their dishes or pour coffee grounds down the sink like it's nothing. Seems innocent enough, doesn't it? Unfortunately that wasn't the case for me. I learned the hard way how risky and expensive it can be.

At first glance, excessive food and kitchen waste can lead to stubborn clogs and a need for a Boise plumber visit. But before you reach for the liquid drain pipe, you might want to think twice.

Of course, liquid drain cleaners can provide a quick and easy solution, but they are no substitute for a licensed and certified Boise plumber. Long-term use can wreak havoc on your plumbing and lead to bigger problems down the road.

Rinse and repeat

Poor maintenance can also lead to plumbing problems. Experts say we should have our plumbing checked routinely throughout the year. Just like we go to the dentist for checkups, we should prioritize our plumbing.

Even a tiny leak under the sink can lead to dangerous mold, floor damage, and even structural damage. Instead of putting yourself, your family, your home, and your wallet at risk, have your pipes serviced by a local plumber as often as possible.

Before you contact a plumber, check out the gallery below to see 13 things Idahoans should never flush down the kitchen sink.

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