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Keep Your Garbage Disposal Running Like New

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There are a few tips to follow to keep your garbage disposal running like it’s brand new.

Garbage disposals are changing quickly from nice-to-have kitchen appliances to top-notch features that homeowners are looking to install in their kitchens. However, they are also becoming some of the most used and abused kitchen plumbing devices since most people don’t understand how to properly take care of them. Blockages, clogs, and odors are all common issues that you could experience with your disposal, but there are a few tips to follow to keep your garbage disposal running like it’s brand new. Read on to learn more!

The Basics of Your Garbage Disposal

Operating a garbage disposal seems simple at first glance; most homeowners don’t use it as they should. It is important to run water for about 15 to 30 seconds before you turn on the disposal. With the water and garbage disposal still running, place the food into the drain and wait until the grinding stops. After you turn off the disposal, the water should run for another 30 seconds. It is common for people to turn the water off immediately or not use the water at all, which causes build-up in the garbage disposal system. Something as easy as following these simple operations will help save you plenty of headaches down the line and also extend the lifespan of your garbage disposal.

Know What to Avoid Putting Down the Drain

Just because it’s a garbage disposal, this doesn’t automatically mean that you can put anything you want through the appliance. Things like twist ties, cigarettes, hair, fabric, and specific foods should never be put down the garbage disposal. For example, onion skins are capable of wrapping around the shredder ring, causing a blockage. Egg shells could clog the pipes, and rice or pasta can swell in water, closing the trap entirely. Those are serious issues that could call for an expert plumber to deal with it, but it’s easier to avoid these situations in the first place by just understanding what not to place down the drain.

Clean It Out Regularly

We all know that garbage disposals can begin smelling bad after prolonged use. But how exactly should you clean it? All you need to clean your garbage disposal is salt, ice, and cold water. Grinding the baking soda or salt with ice could help the disposal get rid of water that is stuck to the blades and inside of your drain. For odor problems, grinding citrus peels will help you clean your garbage disposal while also getting it back to smelling new and fresh. If you need help with your home’s garbage disposal, call W.H. Winegar today!


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