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Freshen up that garbage disposal


garbage disposal

Garbage disposals are a very useful tool in the kitchen.  However over time they can develop unpleasant odors.  Here are a few home remedies you can try.


1.  Try running the disposal with cut up lemons, the ground up lemons are a natural refresher.

2.  Baking soda is another natural and effective odor eliminator.  Pour some baking soda down the drain while running warm water to neutralize the odor. 

3.  Use a garbage disposal brush to clean the grind chamber of your disposal.  Unplug your disposal for safety and use the brush with detergent to clean the entire grind chamber.  (These brushes can be found at most home improvement stores.) 

If you still have odor problems with your disposal there may be a problem with the machine.  In this case call Val Betti Plumbing ,  We currently service the following bay area cities:  Alamo, Albany, Berekely, Concord, Crockett, Danville, ElCerrito, ElSobrante, Hercules, Kensington, Lafayette, Martinez, Orinda, Pinole, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, Rodeo, San Pablo, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek.


What to do when your sink won’t drain.


One of the more common calls we receive at Val Betti plumbing is for clogged bathroom sink drains.  Typically the sink gets slower and slower over time.  There are a few things you can try as a home owner.  They are listed from easy to more difficult.

1.  You can try plunging the sink with a plunger.  (If your sink has a overflow hole you will need to plug it off with a wet rag)

2.  You can remove the pop up and clean any hair that might have built up.

3.  You can remove the p-trap and snake the drain line.


We do not suggest any chemical drain cleaners, because they can cause damage to the drain line especially on older houses with metal drain pipes.


Flush Waste, Not Water

MaP = Maximum Performance

MaP testing for toilets was developed in 2003 because we believe that toilets should flush waste – not water!

This free MaP report provides flushing performance scores for more than 2,200 tank-type toilets and is updated monthly. The MaP rating system has been endorsed by consumer groups, manufacturers, retailers, architects, and the US EPA through its WaterSense initiative.

If you want a toilet that performs well, you want a MaP-tested toilet.

About Maximum Performance Testing

Before the development of the MaP Testing Program, many toilets routinely plugged or required double flushing – – they just didn’t work!

Because 99 of every 100 flushes will be for less than 350 grams (12 ounces) of waste, a MaP-approved toilet fixture must flush at least 350g of solid waste. (Note: In 2003, half of the fixtures tested could not even flush 250 g of waste!)

Today, many MaP-approved toilets can flush 1,000g of solid waste (over 2 pounds!) — far more than any human is likely to produce.

NOTE: Manufacturers are NOT required to have their toilet fixtures MaP tested and MaP testing remains a voluntary program. To avoid disappointment, consumers should insist on installing ONLY MaP-tested toilets.

Two suggestions for MaP-approved toilets (that we believe are “good flushers”) are:

Kohler Wellworth


Toto Eco-Drake


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