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Putting Lemons in Your Disposal to Help it Smell Fresh, Is it a Good Idea?


No one enjoys the odor of rotting food rising from their sink and garbage disposal.

Over half of Americans (58 percent) believe that putting lemons through a garbage disposal will make it smell better. However, this home remedy could have unexpected consequences for your sink drain.

A garbage disposal may chop a lemon peel into very small pieces. However, those lemon peels and pieces will eventually end up in your kitchen drain line, causing it to clog and back up. While lemon juice (no peels) will help to alleviate stale food odors, with repeated use, the acidity of the fruit can eventually damage the metal inside of your machine.

A good way to prevent a clogged and smelly garbage disposal is to rinse the disposal well after each use. This will keep it clean and smelling fresh. You can also run water with a small amount of bleach to thoroughly clean the disposal and avoid odors and grime buildup.

Avoid garbage disposal problems by Joining Our Pro Club!

Our Pro Club members get front-of-the-line service, 10% discounts & 2-year guarantees on all repairs and replacements, and FREE annual safety inspections so we catch small plumbing issues before they become big problems. Best of all, their monthly investment of just $4.95 is accrued and can be applied to any future service so it’s basically FREE to join the club.

To schedule service, or for more information about our Pro Club, Call The Professionals at 941-355-5400.

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Protect Yourself from Common Summer Plumbing Problems

Common Summer Plumbing Problems

Summer is officially here and that means the beaches are full, boats are on the water, and summer plumbing woes are in full bloom, but these easy-to-follow tips can help you avoid unnecessary headaches because – you just don’t need another problem right now…

Clogged Garbage Disposals

With so many of us doing a lot more cooking these days, garbage disposals are working overtime. To keep your garbage disposal running smoothly, be sure to run cold water down the drain for 15 seconds before AND after, and check out our recent blog to learn what NOT to put down the garbage disposal

Washing Machine Issues

With more outdoor activities like hiking, going to the beach and, let’s face it, sweating - summertime is laundry time. Avoid washing machine issues by making sure the washing machine is at least 4” from the wall so the hoses don't get kinked, replace the hoses every 3 years, and check them at least once a year to ensure they aren't leaking, cracking or bulging.

Leaky Faucets

All faucets eventually wear out and, with all the extra hand washing, this already common problem is sure to be particularly pertinent this year. Don’t ignore the drip, drip, drip - just one leaky faucet, leaking once every 2 seconds, is equal to 2.85 gallons of wasted water per day!

Clogged Toilets

With kids home from school since mid-March, this summer classic made an early appearance for many this year. The best way to avoid toilet clogs is to not flush anything other than toilet paper down the toilet. Keeping a wastebasket in every bathroom will help you avoid the temptation.

Sewer Line Backups

Summer storms and heavy rains can lead to sewer backups and invading roots from summer growth can crack pipes. If your plumbing smells, it could be a sign that sewer gas is leaking into your home. Our video inspection equipment can save you time & money by identifying the source of the problem, without unnecessary digging, so we can fix it without delay.

One surefire way to protect yourself from these or any plumbing problem is to join our Pro Club.

Pro Club members get front-of-the-line service, yearly safety inspections, 10% discounts and 2-year guarantees on all repairs and replacements and, best of all, it's all free!

Front of the Line Service

Pro Club members go to the top of our appointment list whenever they need services.

Yearly Safety Inspections

Once a year, one of our certified technicians will thoroughly inspect your plumbing system to ensure that everything is working properly and there are no potential plumbing hazards and, if you have any service done at the time of your inspection, you don’t pay a trip charge.

Discounts and Extended Guarantees

Pro Club members get 10% off plus a 2-year guarantee on all repairs and replacements.

Free Membership

Your monthly investment of just $4.95 accrues until you’re ready to use it so the front-of-the-line services, safety inspections, 10% discount, and 2-year guarantees are all free and, if you pay in advance, you lock in the low monthly price you got when you became a Pro Club member.

Let’s say you have a safety inspection this year and everything is A-OK. Next year, you’re still looking really good. On year 3, we discover that your garbage disposal is leaking or you’re ready to upgrade your toilet, but you have a $178.20 credit on your account so there is little or no out-of-pocket cost for your new garbage disposal or toilet. You can use your $59.40 credit every year or you can accrue it until you’re ready to use it, but the money is always yours - you just can't lose!

Click here to download the Pro-Club Application. Or call the us at 941-355-5400

Professional Plumbing & Design has been offering Residential and Commercial Plumbing services to Sarasota and the surrounding areas including Bradenton, Palmetto, and Venice since 1985.
If you need a plumbing contractor, or if you have any questions, call the professionals at 941-355-5400.

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