Things You Should Never Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

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If you want to keep your garbage disposal working for you for as long as possible, there are certain items you should avoid putting down it. Certain kinds of food waste should not be dumped there and should be composted instead. These can clog it, get tangled in the blades, or block their rotation so it can’t chop up refuse effectively or require drain cleaning.

Here are a few of the worst offenders when it comes to putting things down your garbage disposal.


Most people think of grease as a liquid because that’s the state it’s in when they put it into their garbage disposals. However, grease cools at relatively warm temperatures, becoming sticky and then a hard mass. Neither of these is good for your garbage disposal! When it hardens into a solid blob it can block the disposal, or if it is sticky it will catch other materials that pass it by, eventually creating a massive, messy drain clog.

Coffee Grounds

Coffee grounds might look like they are going down easily, but they can actually become a solid clump in your garbage disposal. They are particularly hard to remove because it’s difficult to get all of the grounds. Over time, coffee grounds can harden like sediment, too, which makes them even more difficult to get out of your disposal.


Large bones will either spin around with your blades or jam them up so they can’t spin. If these get down into your pipes whole or in large chunks, they are likely candidates to cause clogs there, too. Toss them in the trash instead.


Some people will tell you to put eggshells down your garbage disposal because they will sharpen the blades but we are here to tell you to beware of this myth! The membrane inside the shell is tougher than it seems and it can wrap around the shredding mechanism, causing it to jam up.

If you do have problems with your garbage disposal, contact us at Rosenthal Plumbing right away. We’ll have a expert Santa Cruz plumber inspect the issue and get it shredding away for you again in no time. Give us a call!

Do You Need A Whole House Water Filter?

Do you think that the tap water at your residence tastes or smells funny? Is it sometimes a murky color, or not clear? This may lead you to have concerns about your water quality and if it is safe. If this is the case, don’t worry. The answer is simple: install a whole home water filtration system that removes toxins and impurities. Our staff can walk you through how these work and whether or not one is a good idea for your property!

What Whole House Water Purifiers Do

Most tap water in the US is considered safe to drink, but around 10% of it is not. If the water supply in your area is tainted, it could be posing several risks to you and your family’s health.

A whole home water filtration system can remove the dangerous chemicals and compounds from the water before it comes out of the faucet. This means that the water is much safer to drink cook with, bathe in, wash dishes/clothes with, and more. It can also reduce things like minerals that do not affect your health but that can affect the color or taste of the water, or cause it to be “hard” water.

When to Consider a Whole Home Water Filter

If you’re not sure if you need a whole home water filter in your Santa Cruz home, you might want to consider one if:

  • You have high levels of chemicals like radon in your water. If your home tests high for radon and you get your water from a well that is dug into the same area, you should have your water tested, too.
  • You have high levels of lead in your water. There are some simple tests that we can do to check your water for lead.
  • You have a damaged or compromised immune systems, like people who are HIV positive or who are on certain medications. They may need chemicals removed from their water that most people can tolerate.

We’ll send someone out to evaluate your water and let you know if we find anything dangerous or unusual. From there, we can advise you as to if a whole house water purifier would work well for you.

Questions About Water Filtration in Santa Cruz?

If you’re concerned about your water quality, call the experts at Rosenthal Plumbing to come examine it for you. There are many ways to test your water for chemicals, and we can determine what is going on with your water supply and what we can do to mitigate that. Reach out now to learn more information!

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How to Prevent Common Water Heater Problems

Hot water heaters don’t require a lot in terms of maintenance, but when they don’t work properly, it can cause huge inconveniences at home; like trying to wash dishes in cold water or not having enough hot water to take a shower!

Below, we’ve outlined some of the most common water heater problems we get calls about, and then go over solutions and ways that you can help prevent them! Solutions range from a little TLC from you to calling in a professional for water heater repair or replacement.

Water Doesn’t Get Hot Enough

If you find that your water isn’t getting as hot as it used to or as hot as you need it to, there’s likely an issue with your water heater. Before you hire a professional, make sure that the temperature control switch is where it’s supposed to be. 120 degrees is the recommended setting, but it’s possible you have it higher or it got turned down. Sometimes just an accidental bump to the unit can throw settings off and make your water colder. If the temperature setting looks good, it’s perhaps time to call an expert.

No Hot Water

If you find yourself running out of hot water faster than you used to, your hot water heater is likely the culprit. It could be that you’ve increased the size of your household, or the fact that everyone’s been spending more time at home, but you need more hot water than what you’re getting. If that’s the case, it might be time for a water heater replacement, or perhaps you just need water heater repair. Either way, we suggest calling in a professional plumber!

Leaky Water Heater

If you’ve discovered puddles of water or dried water marks around your hot water heater, call a plumber right away. Even a small leak in your water heater can quickly become a big problem.

How to Maintain Your Water Heater

Regular water heater maintenance every few months will do wonders for your appliance. It will make sure your hot water heater is running as efficiently as possible, help you stay ahead of repairs, and you’ll ultimately go longer without having to replace it! Below are some simple, routine maintenance items you can do to make sure your water heater stays in top-top shape:

  • Maintain clearance: Most water heaters need about 2 feet of clearance on all sides (unless otherwise indicated in your owner’s manual) so make sure you don’t have boxes or clutter around your unit.
  • Check the temperature settings: As noted above, 120 degrees is the recommended setting, but you’ll save about 5% in heating costs for every 10 degrees that you turn it down. Just make sure you have the setting where you want and/or need it to be!
  • Test the temperature release valve: Discharge the valve 3 to 5 times, then keep an eye out for leaks in and around it. If you notice it leaking, call a plumber!
  • Drain your water heater: You only need to drain about ¼ to ⅓ of the tank a few times a year to remove any built up sediment or other debris. Read our How to Drain Your Water Heater post for a full walkthrough on how you can do this yourself!

Water Heater Help in Santa Cruz!

If you’re worried about your water heater and have experienced any of the common water heater issues we went over, reach out to us at Rosenthal Plumbing! We’d be more than happy to inspect your water heater in Santa Cruz or the surrounding area and can even provide that routine maintenance we talked about if you’re unsure about tackling it yourself. Give us a call today!

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How to Unclog a Drain without Drano

When your drains get clogged up, the first thing most people do is reach for some Drano. While it usually is a trusty source for fixing the problem, sometimes things are so bad that it doesn’t. There are a few other methods to unclog drains that you can try before you have to call a plumber for drain cleaning. Give these a shot to see if they remediate the issue at your property.

Plunge The Drain

Try grabbing a plunger if Drano won’t go down the drain. It doesn’t even need to be for a toilet! This method can work on any kind of clog, as long as it is sealed tightly around the drain.

Household Remedies

If there is even a slow amount of drainage happening, that is a good sign that you may be able to fix the issue. Wait until everything has gone down the drain, and then mix together equal parts baking soda and vinegar and let it sit in the drain. If the problem is very stubborn, you can use ½-1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar, plus a bit of water. After letting it sit there for 30-60 minutes, things should be flowing again.

Plumbing Snakes

A plumbing snake is a tool that looks like a long cable with a claw or hook on the end. You can get one at your local hardware store, and use it to thread down into the drain and break up or pull out the blockage.

Professional Drain Cleaning

If you’re not comfortable trying out these methods, or if they are not working, you need to call in a professional plumber for drain cleaning. The team at Rosenthal Plumbing is able to solve all your worries and concerns regarding clogged drains. Our experts are available now, so give us a call!

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The Benefits of Hydro Jetting

Have you heard about hydro jetting but you’re not sure it’s the right option for you? Or maybe you need to have it done and you’d like to know more about it before the plumber arrives.

No matter your reasons for looking into hydro jetting, we can help you get it done at Rosenthal. Here’s what you need to know before you sign up for this service.

What is Hydro Jetting?

Hydro jetting is the process of shooting a highly-concentrated stream of water into your pipes. This stream can clean off the sides of your pipes and even break up and break through significant clogs.

We use this process whenever we can because there are so many benefits of hydro jetting.

Why Should I Choose Hydro Jetting?

Not sure if hydro jetting is right for you? Here are just a few of the hydro jetting pros we discuss with clients daily.

  • It’s effective. Hydro jetting is one of the best ways to clean out your pipes and get them looking as good as new.
  • It’s good for the environment. While hydro jetting does use a lot of water, it doesn’t inject chemicals into the sewer system. One of the hydro jetting pros we talk about a lot is that it is safe for use near ponds, rivers, lakes, and more.
  • It costs less. When compared to traditional pipe and sewer cleaning methods, hydro jetting will save you money. Because it is so effective, it might also save you from future sewer problems, too.
  • It’s versatile. Hydro jetting can handle all sorts of sewer cleanout jobs, from commercial to residential and more. It can take care of stubborn indoor clogs and massive industrial clogs, and can even remove tree roots from city sewer lines.
  • It’s cleaner. Hydro jetting minimizes direct contact with sewage and sewer lines. While we will always take the time necessary to be sanitary, this process is much easier and quicker with hydro jetting than with other cleanout methods.

If these benefits of hydro jetting have you convinced, call us at Rosenthal today. Schedule hydro jetting in Santa Cruz and get your sewer clean ASAP!

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