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How to Keep Your Garbage Disposal Running Well

//How to Keep Your Garbage Disposal Running Well

How to Keep Your Garbage Disposal Running Well

A garbage disposal is one of the most widely used and convenient appliances in a home, but it also tends to be the fixture that has the most issues and requires a house visit from a plumber. Most of the time, these issues are avoidable with proper use and care. By following some of these tips and tricks below, you can ensure smooth use and a happy disposal.

  1. Avoid putting things down the drain such as bones, grease, fat, oil, and anything made of glass, plastic or metal.
  2. If you do accidentally put anything like oil or grease down the drain, wash it down with cold water to help ensure it doesn’t accumulate and clog.
  3. Clean the inside with gentle soaps to get rid of sludge buildup on the blades and walls of the disposal.
  4. Break things up before just shoving them down the drain. This can help avoid clogs or breaking the blades.
  5. Grind citrus peels while running cold water to help keep your disposal clean and assist with any bad smells.
  6. Avoid sending rice and pastas through the disposal, as they tend to become sticky and expand, which can easily form a clog that is hard to undo.
  7. Run your disposal regularly to keep parts moving and help prevent rust or corrosion.
  8. Do not use harsh chemicals such as bleach or drain cleaners. They can damage both the blades and the pipes.
  9. Always be careful and cautious when retrieving something from the disposal. Make sure the unit is off or unplugged entirely. Also, we recommend using some other tool to grab a foreign object rather than sticking your hand directly in the drain.
  10. Lastly, if you ever run into trouble, call an expert to come and check out the situation.
By |2019-08-30T15:05:07+00:00September 3rd, 2019|Garbage Disposals|0 Comments