Make Your Kitchen's Plumbing More Efficient

Is your kitchen a battlefield filled with easily-clogged pipes, heavy trash bags, and high water bills? It's good to be frugal, but going with the wrong kind of simple living can be more expensive than tapping into the right kinds of innovation. You can both reduce your kitchen cleanup requirements and keep your pipes cleaner and clearer for a lot more time by looking into a few of these kitchen efficiency points:

Pipe Upgrades Are A Must

Did you opt for the most basic PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipes on the market, or do you live in an old home from a time when plumbing pieces were prohibitively expensive? A lot has changed, and the changes aren't always so obvious.

The most obvious change is that pipe pieces are cheaper and can be bigger than in past decades. This is thanks to innovations in recycling that happened in the 1980's and 1990's, as well as the boost in popularity when computer recycling became a national priority. More materials can be reclaimed, production industries are encouraged to do more with less, and the end result is PVC, copper, brass, and black iron (for gas) pipes.

This means that bigger pipes could be made for a still reasonable price for most Americans, and bigger pipes mean fewer clogging issues when a few errant pieces of food fall in. It's still not a good idea to just toss solid foods down the drain, but the throughput means fewer clogging issues.

Computer-aided design (CAD) has also flourished, just like any other industry that benefits from the increasing computer power at lower costs. New designs for pipe shapes that take advantage of gravity and suction have entered the market and can be literally printer to a machine instead of requiring a handmade mold.

Garbage Disposal As An Efficiency Booster

When many people think of garbage disposals, they think of the main purpose: pulverizing and moisturizing leftovers in the sink instead of using the trashcan. It's a great benefit since your trash bags won't be as heavy and you won't have to deal with a lot of the old food smells forcing you to take the trash out more often than necessary.

Another benefit of garbage disposal units is efficient water flow and forcing out slight clogs. When you use a garbage disposal, you're creating a vortex of water that has a higher pressure than standard water flow, which can knock loose a lot of plumbing sediment and can force food waste through the pipes that would usually be stuck on a curve.

The vortex can clean off some residue/blockage in pipes, but this doesn't mean you can pour oils down the drain without consequence. It does, however, mean that you can clean some accidental oil build up with hot water and dissolving solutions.

Contact a plumbing service like Quality Plumbing to discuss other efficiency options for your kitchen.

About Me

Protecting My Plumbing

I have never been one of those people who is overly worried about making every last thing in my home perfect, but after struggling for a long time with my plumbing system, I knew that I had to do something to make things right. I started thinking carefully about what I needed to do in order to protect my plumbing, and a family friend who did work as a plumber helped to give me a few tips. She started by explaining how to avoid clogs, and then worked towards making things right by repairing one system at a time. This blog is all about protecting your plumbing and avoiding unplanned expenses.


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