Tips and Tricks: Garbage Disposal Edition

Tips and Tricks: Garbage Disposal Edition 

One of the handiest plumbing tools is one that you may not even recognize that you have. When your kitchen sink gets backed up, you always have the handy dandy appliance to help you out! Know what it is yet? That’s right! Your garbage disposal! It is your first line of defense in a clogged sink and helps you get rid of any small scraps of food while you cook and clean. But just because it is out of sight, doesn’t mean it should be out of mind. Here are a few ways to take better care of your garbage disposal.

This not That

Be Picky about what you put down your disposal! Putting large food items is never a smart idea, but even think through your smaller food items. Will this eventually clog my sink? Always only put food items down it and never anything else. Some big foods to avoid are potato skins, fats and oils, seeds or pits, fibrous foods like celery, expandable foods like pasta or rice, and egg shells. Each of these foods can damage your disposal or create a problem for you later.

Cold Water

When you use your garbage disposal, you will want to run it with plenty of cold water. Hot water can keep any grease or oils in their liquid form and allow them to coat your garbage disposal and pipes where they can eventually lead to a build up and clog. Cold water causes them to solidify so they can be made smaller and easily pass through your system.

Clean it

Your disposal works hard! So a good cleaning here and there can help it. Remember never to stick your hand down the disposal. To clean it run cold water and soap down it. You can also use a vinegar cleaner as well to help get rid of any bad smells.

Use it!

One of the easiest ways to care for your garbage disposal is to use it! By turning it on regularly, you help decrease the chance for rust to form or corrosion to happen. So if you haven’t used it in a while, run some cold water and turn it on. Then turn it off but continue to run your water for a little bit.

We hope these tips and tricks on how to take care of your garbage disposal has helped! If you ever need help with a more severe disposal issue or any plumbing issues, please feel free to call us!

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