Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Clogged Sink and Chicken "Bobs"

Last night was quite a festivity! :) We had to have a plumber visit because our kitchen sink was clogged. Marc tried to blame me, but as it turns out, I wasn't the primary issue! The plumber was at our house for almost two hours last night shoving 100 ft of coiled wire in and out of the pipes. FINALLY! The wire emerged with a rubber band and two giant hairballs (one brown and one blond). We have no idea! I don't use this area to wash hair. There was also a little rice and broccoli. That is what we thought originally caused the problem. Did you know that you cannot use your garbage disposal for food grinding!?

I'm serious! I've had a garbage disposal nearly all my life and I know about the std coffee grinds, grease, etc., but they are even more picky now. After having the conversation with the plumber last night, I'm convinced the disposal is just for the bits of food that come off your dishes when you wash them. OK? Isn't that annoying. I don't know about you, but I HATE putting food in the garbage. Mainly, it smells and has the potential to attract unwanted bugs and pests. I thought it was better to run it down the disposal. It cuts down on landfill waste right? Yes, but did you know that can be very hard on water treatment plants. In fact, running the disposal actually requires increased use in electricity and extra water. Not really something I thought about. I've done some reading this week. Can you tell?

So, $310 later, I've learned my lesson. While the major problem wasn't me, I wasn't helping. Additionally, my belief that I was being more "green" was inaccurate. I'm thinking I might have to look into a counter compost holder, but I'm hesitant. After all, smells KILL me. Who wants their kitchen to smell of rotting food? I also don't have a serious garden so, what am I supposed to do with compost. So far, it appears to be an expensive and time consuming process. Hmm.

After our plumbing fiasco last night, I decided that we should pick up dinner. So, I picked up chicken and lamb kabobs from Sorrento's. It was sooooooo wonderful. Sydney talked about eating her chicken "bobs" all the way to Sorrento's and back. I'm so glad she liked them as much as I did! :)

Have a great clog-free day!

7 comments:

Christie said...

Hmmm - maybe that explains why my sink keeps clogging. I"ve had to plunge it twice in the past month. Not fun. Maybe I'm putting too much down my disposal as well. Good info, because I try to be as green as possible.

Ruhiyyih Rose said...

oooh I did not know this. That is one useful tip for sure! My mom just had her disposal taken out of the sink area because of the cost of always getting it fixed....ugh.

MrsGrumpy said...

Oooh...you poor thing. We had that happen last spring and the plumber came out with his snake and had to snake out our laundry room drain. There was a huge tree root in it. He told us things from the bathroom pipes can get sucked into the pipes coming from the kitchen and vice versa. I learned my garbage disposal lesson when I tried to dispose of some macaroni. Starches (noodles, potato peels and, oddly, carrots) are very bad for the pipes. He also told us to run a cup of bleach through the drain in our laundry room every few weeks. I'm glad your problem is solved.

100 Percent Cottam said...

man, that is good information! i put EVERYTHING down the disposal. interesting.

Tiburon said...

We learned this lesson the hard way in our old house. I had no idea you shouldn't put eggshells down there - we were educated. To the tune of about $500 - expensive lesson.

Glad you got it fixed. Now I want kabobs....

Gina said...

My husband once put a bunch of leftover spaghetti down the garbage disposal and sure enough, he had to spend two hours opening up the pipe and getting the crap out.

Really, they aren't good for much, are they?

Anonymous said...

You can freeze your food bits so they don't smell during the warm months. Some areas have a compost bin.