Almost everyone agrees that your garbage disposal is one of the best appliances around for making your time in the kitchen easier. Even though you likely use it every day, we seldom think about keeping it healthy. Disposals can develop issues just as easily as other appliances. Many of those can shorten their lives. If you’d like to make sure that your garbage disposal lasts as long as possible, read on.
I. Know what to avoid putting down the disposal
We all know that certain things were never meant for your garbage disposal. Metal and plastic are two very obvious items that should never be put in the disposal. However, there are many additional things that are harmful to the disposal that people often never think about. For example:
- Fibrous Vegetables:Things like celery and onion skins can become tangled in the disposal impeller blades and can cause them to jam. Fibrous vegetables should be thrown in the trash
- FOG: FOG is short for Fats, Oils, and Grease. All of these are frequently poured down the disposal while in their liquid or semi-liquid states. However, these substances will solidify as they cool, which can gum up the impeller and clog the drain. Always dispose of FOG in some other way. Never pour them down a drain.
- Bones or Pits:Some people will say that small bones or fruit pits are okay, but it’s best just not to take the risk. Otherwise, you might end up breaking the garbage disposal.
II. Pour boiling water down it on occasion
Every once in a while, it’s a prudent idea to pour some boiling water down the disposal. This helps loosen and wash away any waste materials that have collected in the disposal chamber or the drain pipe. It’s a good idea to do this at least once a month to prevent waste buildup.
III. Get it repaired
This may seem obvious, but if your garbage disposal is acting up in any way, get it repaired. Too many homeowners keep using their garbage disposals after noticing that they’re making an unusual noise or vibrating more than they should. This leads to larger breakdowns, and even garbage disposal replacement.
If you need help with your garbage disposal, call Signature Plumbing Company. We provide garbage disposal services throughout The North Dallas area.