How to prevent garbage disposal problems

How to prevent garbage disposal problems

Garbage disposals can be a handy addition to your kitchen, but they can also be a serious issue for your plumbing system if used incorrectly.

The last thing you want is to repair or replace your garborator. Here’s how to prevent garbage disposal problems from ruining your day:

Garbage disposal problems and how to avoid them

1. Don’t put everything down the garbage disposal

There are some things you should never use your garbage disposal for:

  • Dense vegetables – anything that’s fibrous, such as celery, onion skins or corn husks.
  • Grease, fat, and cooking oils – will clog after they solidify. Try using paper towels to mop up oil from pans and disposing of them instead.
  • Egg shells – can stick to pipes, clogging them and potentially creating sulphurous smells.
  • Expandable foods – things like pasta or rice are starchy and can expand with prolonged water exposure.
  • Bones, pits and seeds – can jam your disposal as well as dull the blades.
  • Non-food items – things like metal, paper, plastic, or glass.

2. Don’t try to grind large chunks of food

Your waste disposal will struggle with large chunks of food, potentially even jamming or breaking entirely.

Instead, chop waste food into smaller pieces and put those pieces in a few at a time.

3. Don’t let your disposal sit idle

You’ll experience fewer garbage disposal problems if you run your disposal on a regular basis.

Even if you find you don’t have much or any food to dispose of, run your disposal every couple of days. This will help avoid sticking, corrosion, and smells or other issues caused by trapped food.

4. Don’t use hot water

Always use cold water when you run your garbage disposal. This will keep the food as solid as possible, maximizing your disposal’s ability to chop it up.

Hot water will tend to turn food into mush that sticks to the sides and pipes.

5. Don’t stop the moment the food is gone

Keep running your garbage disposal with cold water for at least an extra minute after it’s finished grinding the waste. This prevents food from ending up trapped in the pipe.

Another sensible approach is to feed small batches of food waste into your garbage disposal, making sure the waste is well ground before adding more.

6. Don’t neglect a quick, simple clean after use

Immediately after using your disposal, keep it running with cold water and add a little dish soap to wash away any food remains.

Another natural remedy is to add the occasional bit of citrus peel after cleaning. Lemon, lime, or orange peel will work a bit like a natural wipe around the pipe.

Every few months, boil up a few gallons of water and pour that down your sink to give the pipes a more serious clean.

Garbage disposal maintenance

The best way to maintain your garbage disposal is to use it sensibly and carry out simple, regular cleaning as described above.

The most important thing is to consider what you’re putting into your disposal. Many food waste items can easily be recycled or composted, leaving your disposal to handle that much less.

Finally, a safety tip–your waste disposal contains spinning metal blades; it’s always worth calling an expert rather than trying to deal with most garbage disposal problems yourself.

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