How To Take Care Of Your Garbage Disposal

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Your kitchen sink is probably the most used plumbing fixture in your home. That is where you prepare food and do the clean up afterwards. With the invention of the garbage disposal, many think they can put anything down the sink. Let us remind you that the garbage disposal was designed to catch the small scraps that were left on the plate. Now let's look at some key aspects on operating your garbage disposal properly to avoid future maintenance issues.

  • Proper garbage disposal operation. Turn on the water first, turn on the disposer, then push the food waste into the disposer. Keep the water running for a few seconds after you cut off the disposer. This helps wash the debris down the line.
  • Do not pour grease or oil down the sink. Grease buildup is the number one cause of blockages. Combine the grease with things like coffee grounds and fibrous plant material and a blockage is in your future.
  • Don't turn off the disposer while it is still running. Make sure the garbage disposal has completely grinded any food waste, and then let the cold water run for about 15-30 seconds to flush out any remaining waste.
  • Never dispose of potato peels, corn husks, or any raw plant materials. And be careful with pasta which can easily overload the disposer and it will stop up the drain line.
  • Frequently clean your garbage disposal with soap and water. To help degrease the disposer, run the hot water, turn on the disposer, and give it a big squirt of Dawn or some other good dishwashing detergent into the disposer. The detergent will foam up to clean the disposer basket. Occasionally, put a lemon or lime peel in the disposer and turn it on. It will make it smell fresh.

If you are having problems with your garbage disposal, call Plumb Unique to schedule a professional plumber! The number is (972) 863-9301. Our licensed and trusted professionals can troubleshoot and repair any of your plumbing issues efficiently and affordably.