Tips For Maintaining A Garbage Disposal

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If you have a garbage disposal in your kitchen, chances are that it gets used a ton. Are you using the garbage disposal properly though? Many homeowners just throw whatever is on their plate in the garbage disposal and do not put much thought into it until the appliance stops working. Here are some tips for maintaining a garbage disposal to prevent problems.

Know Which Items Shouldn't Go Down Your Kitchen's Garbage Disposal

You may not be aware that certain types of food shouldn't be put in a garbage disposal. They can cause the blades to become dull, cause issues with drainage, or easily get stuck to the inside of the canister.

Consider throwing the following foods in the trash instead:

  • Fat, grease, and oil
  • Potatoes
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Coffee grounds
  • Onion skins
  • Celery
  • Corn husks
  • Egg shells
  • Bones
  • Fruit pits

While fat, grease, and oil shouldn't go down any drain, they can easily stick to the inside of the canister or get stuck around the spinning blade and cause a bad odor. Rice and pasta can swell up, even if they are chopped up, which can lead to clogs. Fibrous foods like onion skins, celery, and corn husks will get wrapped around the blade and slow it down. Egg shells will have difficulty breaking down and cause clogs as well.

Operate Your Kitchen's Garbage Disposal Correctly

There is actually a right and wrong way to use a garbage disposal. Start by turning on cold water before any food is put into the garbage disposal and keep the water running the entire time. Put small amounts of food waste into the disposal, which will help the blades cut the food up into tiny pieces. Avoid putting all the food in at once, since it can cause a jam. Try to separate silverware on the other side of your sink to prevent accidents where silverware goes down the drain.

Clean Your Kitchen's Garbage Disposal Regularly With Ice

An easy way to clean your garbage disposal is by using ice. Simply put a handful of ice cubes down the drain and turn on your garbage disposal, and it will help remove any food that is stuck to the blade or the sides of the canister.

If you find that your garbage disposal has stopped working, reach out to a plumber in your area, such as ATA's Plumbing. They can help you repair the existing unit, or replace it with a new one. 

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