With garbage disposals being as fragile as they are, there are a lot of “don’ts” when it comes to their use. Sometimes, you may wonder why you even have a garbage disposal when all you see is, “Don’t grind these!” and “Oh, these things will definitely break your garbage disposal.” So, what can you do to keep your garbage disposal running smoothly and help it out? We assembled four quick tips to help you on what you can do to help your garbage disposal run at its best!
- Definitely Still Run It! – Running it will make sure the unit keeps running. It also breaks up any obstructions and keeps build up to a minimum, allowing your garbage disposal to run perfectly.
- Use Cold Water – If you are breaking up cooking waste, make sure you run cold water while your unit runs. This is especially handy when getting rid of cooking grease. Grease is terrible for your plumbing, and can cause many clogs and break downs of your plumbing systems. Using cold water gets the grease to solidify before it actually hits the trap, keeping it from traveling into the bladed area and stopping your blades entirely.
- Cut Items Into Smaller Pieces – While this may seem counter intuitive, it actually allows your unit to get rid of all wastes easier and stops it from breaking down. Garbage disposals are a bladed tool, but they do have their limits. If you chop down your waste, it will keep everything running smoothly.
- Clean It! – If a person wants to stay healthy, they stay clean. Why should your garbage disposal be any different. After washing dishes, pour a little bit of dish-washing soap down your unit and allow it to run for about 30 seconds to a minute with cold water. If you notice any smells, try running lemon or orange peels with some ice cubes in your disposal for 30 seconds to a minute. This will eliminate the smells and also allow the ice to break up and clean the sides.
These four quick tips will help your garbage disposal function properly and allow you to use it with no worries. If your garbage disposal breaks down, make sure you have your local plumber take a look at it before you buy a new one. Give us a call today at (512) 267-1188!