Garbage disposal maintenance
To many people, the garbage disposal is nothing more than a giant abyss for swallowing every type of kitchen waste.
It’s easy to take the garbage disposal in your kitchen for granted, but the care of this small appliance is important to keep it and your drains operational and reduce the need for expensive plumbing repairs.
Here are some tips to help keep your garbage disposal unclogged and running smoothly:
1. Use the disposal only for small, biodegradable food scraps to prevent damage to the blades and motor.
2. Never pour fats, grease or oils into the disposal or drain because it can build up in the disposal and pipes.
3. Avoid grinding fibrous food wastes like celery stalks, corn husks or artichokes because the fibers can jam the motor.
4. When grinding large items, cut them into smaller pieces and deposit them into the disposal one at a time to prevent clogs.
5. If your garbage disposal emits a foul odor, grind up small pieces of orange or lemon peel to give it a fresh smell.
6. Flush the disposal with cold water for 15 seconds after each use to ensure all food particles get flushed out.
7. You can sharpen the blades by pouring ice cubes into the disposal.
As a safety precaution, you should never stick your hand into the garbage disposal without unplugging the unit. Failure to do this can lead to serious bodily harm.
If you have a garbage disposal issue that requires further assistance, hiring a licensed plumber is strongly recommended. Sign in to Angie’s List to find a highly rated plumber in the Chicago area.