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Don'T Treat Your Garbage Disposal Like Garbage!

It's your garbage disposal's job to deal with garbage – but that doesn't mean you should treat this appliance like trash. The nicer you are to your garbage disposal, the longer it will last and the less often you'll have to call for repairs. Follow these tips for success.

Always run the water while you're grinding up garbage.

Never put items through the disposal without the water running. The water will keep particles flowing down the pipes. Without it, the scraps might get caught in the pipes or perhaps even the blades of the disposal. Ideally, you should use the cold water since the hot water may liquefy some of the fat in greasier foods and cause it to stick to the insides of your pipes, leading to clogs. Let the water run for a few seconds after you turn off the garbage disposal as this will rinse off the blades.

Don't put fibrous foods down the disposal.

Foods like citrus peels, celery, and corn husks have little thread-like fibers inside them. These can get wrapped around the garbage disposal's blades as they are ground up. This will cause the blade to seize, which is an issue you'll have to call a professional plumber to fix. So, throw fibrous foods in the trash bin or compost rather than down the disposal.

Avoid grinding up grease and overly greasy foods.

The tiny amount of fat in some fried rice or sautéed veggies is not likely to cause a problem. But overly fatty foods like bacon, bacon grease, and hamburger scraps should not be sent down the disposal. The grease in these items can stick to the interior of pipes, and then other food particles will get stuck to the grease, making the clog worse.

Feed food into the disposal slowly.

Don't dump a large amount of food into the disposal at one time, or you may cause the blades to get stuck. Instead, drop food waste down the sink a few pieces at a time, giving each bit a chance to get ground up before sending more down.

Send some baking soda down the disposal from time to time.

Little bits of food can get caught on the blades, which not only causes them to grind less effectively, but also leads to unwanted odors. You can combat this by pouring about a cup of baking soda into the disposal (with it switched off), letting it sit for about an hour, and then turning on the blades and cold water. The abrasive nature of the baking soda will scrub away the food remnants while it also neutralizes odors.

To learn more, contact a company like Aumenta Plumbing & Heating Co.