What NOT to Put Down Your Garbage Disposal


The below 5 things should never go down your disposal:

Grease, Oil Or Fat
Starchy Or Stringy Vegetables
Egg Shells

Keep your garbage disposal running smoothly by putting these foods/oils in the trash


Outside Tips and Maintenance


  • Ensure yard drains, gutters and downspouts are free of leaves and debris.
  • Remove leaves and debris from window wells.
  • Check for birds’ nests that may have been built in plumbing vent pipes, like the ones from the dryer to the outside.
  • Check all faucets and hose bibs to make sure water flows freely. If an outdoor faucet is barely dripping or if there is leakage the first time the hose is turned on, a pipe may have cracked and needs to be repaired.
  • Septic tanks should be inspected and pumped every three to five years to help prevent costly replacement of the filter field.

How Toilet Plumbing Works


There are only a few standard parts that need to be understood to make a toilet operate normally. Basically, toilet plumbing is a four step process. The flush handle on the outside of a toilet is connected to a chain inside the tank. This chain is connected to a “flapper” on the tank’s bottom. The first step begins when the handle is pushed down and the chain pulls the flapper up. This releases the water from the tank and sends it to the toilet bowl. With me so far?

Okay, the next step occurs when the toilet’s tank empties its water into the toilet bowl. This water performs a dual function. First, it pushes the dirty water and waste out of the bowl and into a pipe leading to the sewer or septic tank. Second, it refills the bowl with clean water. After this, the flapper again seals the passage of water from tank to bowl and the tank begins filling back up in preparation for the next flush.

The last two steps are carried out differently depending on the age of the toilet plumbing. The third step is refilling the tank, the fourth is stopping that refilling at the right moment. After a flush, the tank is empty and new water begins flowing in. In a conventional toilet, there is a float that sets this process in motion. The emptied tank causes the float to sink and rest at the bottom. The change in position of the float opens a valve (called a ball-cock), which allows clean water to run into the tank. As the tank fills, the float rises to its original position. When it hits that position, the ball-cock closes. The water stops flowing into the tank, and the toilet is ready for the next flush.

Newer toilets don’t have a float. The ball-cock itself is sensitive to water pressure. It opens to send new water into the tank after a flush (when the tank is empty and there is no water pressure). It closes when the water level hits a specified point (when the tank is full and water pressure is high).

Top Ten Reasons Customers Call Us


Top Ten Reasons customers call South West Plumbing:


10: They love to speak with the friendly ladies who answer the phone.

9: They want a technician at their house today.

8: Their spouse told them to.

7: The guy on the commercial looked so friendly.

6: That dripping faucet won’t fix itself.

5: Last nights dinner showed up in the bathtub.

4: The technician was so Clean, Courteous, and knowledgeable last time

3: My Dad used them.

2: The jingle keeps playing in my head.

1: Why would you call anyone else?


Although the list above is meant in good fun, every one of those reasons is probably true for some. When it comes to plumbing, heating, and all around good service … 15,000 of your friends and neighbors choose South West Plumbing every year.