Fruit flies. Pesky little flies that seem to appear out of nowhere and in the most unlikely places. And given that the kitchen sink is a place that is supposed to intake things, it’s odd when something that is living comes back out.
But yes! Fruit flies can make themselves at home inside a sink drain. Rotting food that may have gotten stuck in the pipes or garbage disposal is prime real estate for them.
So, it begs the question, what can homeowners in the Houston area do to get rid of these pesky pests? Air Tech of Houston AC & Plumbing has the answers with our fast and effective plumbing services.
DIY Ways To Get Rid Of Fruit Flies
While these unwelcome visitors are obnoxious, they don’t pose an immediate threat to your health or safety. There are different ways Houston homeowners can go about eliminating fruit flies on their own. Before calling for professional help, try the following:
- Drain brush — Using a drain brush to mechanically remove any debris that may be in your drain is one of the best ways to solve the problem at its core.
- Drain cleaner — Dissolve all the buildup that may be present in the drain by using a chemical drain cleaner.
- DIY pipe cleaner — Pouring a basic cleaning mixture of one half-cup of salt and baking soda, and a cup of vinegar down the drain can do the trick.
- Hot water — Remove the splash guard and clean out the edges of the garbage disposal before running hot water down the drain. This can help to prevent any further fruit flies from sticking around.
If after you’ve tried these do-it-yourself methods and the fruit flies are still buzzing around, it’s time to reach out to our team. At Air Tech of Houston, we’re proud to provide thorough drain cleaning services and garbage disposal replacement for our customers.
Signs You Need Garbage Disposal Replacement
The garbage disposal is one of the most common places where fruit flies thrive. If left uncleaned, lacking maintenance and forced to break down hard items, your disposal could break down. Here are the signs your home needs a new garbage disposal:
- Persistent foul odors
- Frequent resets
- Poor performance
- Loud or strange noises
- Water leaks
Keep your kitchen routines efficient and live comfortably in your space with help from our team. Our technicians can repair or replace your garbage disposal. Reach out to us today to schedule your service!
Air Tech – Your Trusted Houston Plumbers
Homeowners can contact the team at Air Tech of Houston for services that can get rid of the fruit flies for good. We’re proud to provide Houston residents with the knowledge and tools to keep their homes fly-free so that they can go about their lives in peace. From drain cleaning, leak repair, garbage disposal replacement and more — we’re here to help you! Give us a call today and see how we can help you with all your plumbing needs.