10 Ways to Keep Your Garbage Disposal Going Strong
A garbage disposal is a device placed under your kitchen sink that shreds food waste so that it can pass through your home’s plumbing. When used properly, it can be one of your home’s most helpful appliances. But when not maintained or if misused, you may experience leaks, clogs or even problems that can affect your entire plumbing system. Unless you’re experienced with maintaining your home’s plumbing, you should always call your Gold Medal Service plumber if problems occur. Fortunately, you can keep your garbage disposal going strong by following these 10 tips.
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5 things you SHOULDN’T do:
- Avoid pouring grease, fat or oil down your disposal. Hot grease is a liquid, but when it starts to cool down, it solidifies and can cause a clogged drain. Your best bet is to let the grease cool down and then place the congealed substance into your trash can.
- Don’t put large amounts of food down your sink. While your disposal may be able to handle a lot of food, make sure you’re placing it down your drain in small doses as to not clog it. As they say, a little goes a long way.
- Don’t ignore unusual sounds. If your garbage disposal starts humming when turned on, it’s most likely not grinding properly. TURN THE SWITCH OFF before doing any further investigation. If there is nothing obviously stuck in it (like a piece of silverware), call your Gold Medal plumber for maintenance.
- Avoid putting hard objects in your disposal. While your disposal may initially shred a hard object, over time the blades will dull and stop working. Instead, use your garbage can for seafood shells, egg shells, uncooked rice, popcorn kernels, and larger bones.
- Fibrous and starchy items are no-no’s. Like hard items, fiber and starch may initially go down your disposal, but over time they can start to thicken and clog your drain or even get tangled in your blades. Avoid placing potato peels, celery, corn husks, and banana peels down your drain.
5 things you SHOULD do:
- Regularly clean your garbage disposal. It’s simple—just squeeze a small amount of dish soap down your disposal while running water for a few minutes. Once the bubbles stop forming, you’re done!
- Don’t forget to use your disposal. One of the easiest ways to maintain your disposal is to use it on a regular basis. This simple tip can help stop rust and corrosion. If you suspect trouble, call your Gold Medal plumber to take a closer look.
- Use your cubes. Approximately once a month, take about 15 ice cubes from your freezer, place them in your sink and run the disposal. This simple action helps sharpen blades and break down grease (which can lead to a clogged drain).