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Please use a cutting board when you are working with a knife, X-Acto blade, or other sharp instrument. Otherwise, you will damage furniture, counters, tables, wood, tile, or vinyl surfaces—at substantial cost to you and your roommate/s. You can buy a cutting board at any supermarket or hardware store. Use a hot plate or hot pad whenever you remove a hot pan from the stovetop or oven; putting a hot pan directly on the countertop will mar laminate and wood surfaces.
Your garbage disposal is designed to grind soft food scraps into particles that can be drained away with water. Do not use your garbage disposal to grind fibrous materials such as corn husks or celery; bones; seeds; coffee grounds; rubber, glass, metal, or paper. Never pour grease of any kind down the disposal.
To Use Your Garbage Disposal
If Your Garbage Disposal Doesn’t Work
If the disposal still doesn’t work, submit a Fix-It request.
Never leave anything—especially oil—unattended on the stove. If you line the pans under your range burners with aluminum foil, be sure to keep them clean and free of grease to avoid a fire. Also, make sure the foil doesn’t touch the burner prongs.
To Avoid a Kitchen Fire
If a Pan of Food Catches Fire
If a Fire Starts In Your Oven
If a Fire Starts In Your Microwave Oven
Report all fires - even if you think you have put them out.
If your apartment has a self-cleaning oven, do not use an oven cleaner or chemicals. To clean, set the self-cleaning cycle; after the oven cools, wipe out all of the ashes. If you use chemical cleaners on the oven racks, first remove them from the oven and carefully follow directions on the container. Do not spill the cleaner; it will damage chrome, enamel, and flooring.
To prevent injury to our employees doing repair work, do not use any chemical in the drains for any reason. If you have a clogged drain—whether it’s a sink, tub, or toilet—first try to break up the clog with a "plumber’s helper" plunger.
Sink or Tub
Use a standard cup plunger to break up clogs in sinks, tubs, and showers. Remove the strainer or pop-up cover from the drain. Fill the sink or tub with enough water to cover most of the plunger’s cup. Keeping the plunger tightly sealed against the drain, plunge up and down rapidly until the water level seems to drop. If plunging doesn’t break up the clog, submit a Fix-It request.
Use a ball or flange plunger; it creates a vacuum seal needed to clear a clog using the force of water. If you think your toilet is going to overflow , turn the water off to the toilet by turning the valve on the left side of the toilet by the wall. Then contact your Housing Front Desk to send out a plumber. After hours, call emergency maintenance at 725-1602.
Fill the toilet bowl with enough water to cover the rubber plunger.
VIDEO: How to Unclog Your Toilet
Last modified Fri, 23 May, 2014 at 11:08