Flip the switch and the garbage disposal eats up the leftovers. Flush the drain, and everything is gone. To keep your disposal working properly, you need to use it correctly and maintain it. Here’s some help knowing how to best use your kitchen’s garbage disposal.
Garbage Disposal Dos
- Use a strong flow of cold water when running the disposal. Cold water helps flush debris down the drain, while hot water will liquefy fatty foods, causing clogs in the disposal and drain.
- On occasion, put ice cubes into the disposal to sharpen the blades. This will keep the disposal doing its job efficiently and lessen wear and tear on the motor.
- Food particles will get caught in the disposal itself, but to deodorize it, run citrus peels through. They can help clean those away and leave a fresh scent behind.
What Not to Put Down the Disposal
- Don’t pour grease, oil or fats down the disposal. The fat or grease will coat the disposal blades, making them less efficient at grinding and cutting the food waste. The liquid fat will also accumulate in the disposal and drain, causing clogs and unpleasant odors.
- Don’t put large amounts of food down the disposal at one time. The disposal blades need room to do their work efficiently. Plus, feeding the food waste a bit at a time with a strong flush of water will help it flow down the drain smoothly.
- Don’t use harsh chemicals in the disposal. These can damage the disposal itself, causing premature wear and tear.
Properly maintaining your garbage disposal will keep it working properly, minimize repair needs and extend its usable life. If you’re having problems with your disposal, or if you need a new one installed, contact the pros us at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing.
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