June 5, 2024
Garbage Disposal Dos and Don'ts

A garbage disposal is a convenient kitchen appliance that helps manage food waste efficiently. However, improper use can lead to clogs, damage, and costly repairs. At Fix-A-Leak Plumbing and Heating Inc., we want to help you keep your garbage disposal running smoothly. Here are some essential dos and don’ts for maintaining your garbage disposal.

Garbage Disposal Dos

1. Do Use Cold Water

Always run cold water before, during, and after using your garbage disposal. Cold water helps solidify any fats or grease, making it easier for the disposal to grind them up. Continue running the water for a few seconds after turning off the disposal to ensure all waste is flushed through the pipes.

2. Do Cut Waste into Small Pieces

Cut larger pieces of food waste into smaller chunks before feeding them into the disposal. This helps the disposal grind the waste more efficiently and reduces the risk of clogs or jams.

3. Do Use Citrus Peels

Periodically grinding small pieces of citrus peels, such as lemon or orange, can help keep your garbage disposal smelling fresh. The natural oils in the peels also help clean the disposal’s blades and interior.

4. Do Clean Regularly

Keep your garbage disposal clean by running a mixture of baking soda and vinegar through it. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes, then rinse with cold water. This helps eliminate odors and break down any buildup inside the disposal.

Garbage Disposal Don’ts

1. Don’t Put Grease or Oil Down the Disposal

Avoid pouring grease, oil, or fat down the garbage disposal. These substances can solidify in the pipes, leading to clogs and blockages. Dispose of grease and oil in a separate container and throw it in the trash.

2. Don’t Grind Fibrous or Stringy Foods

Foods like celery, corn husks, and potato peels have fibrous or stringy textures that can wrap around the disposal’s blades, causing jams and damage. Dispose of these items in the trash or compost them instead.

3. Don’t Put Hard or Starchy Foods Down the Disposal

Avoid grinding hard items like bones, fruit pits, and nutshells, as they can damage the disposal’s blades. Starchy foods like pasta, rice, and potatoes can expand with water and create clogs in the pipes. Dispose of these items in the trash or compost bin.

4. Don’t Use Hot Water

Hot water can cause grease to liquefy and spread, potentially leading to clogs further down the pipes. Always use cold water when operating your garbage disposal.

5. Don’t Overload the Disposal

Feed food waste into the disposal gradually rather than all at once. Overloading the disposal can cause jams and strain the motor.

Proper use and maintenance of your garbage disposal can prolong its life and prevent costly repairs. At Fix-A-Leak Plumbing and Heating Inc., we’re here to help with all your plumbing needs. If you encounter any issues with your garbage disposal or need drain cleaning, contact us today for expert service and advice.

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