Tips on keeping your garbage disposal in peak condition

Did you know that your garbage disposal was never designed to eat everything you ever wanted to put down your sink? You might think that having a disposal means that you are able to rid yourself of all food waste. But if you treat your garbage disposal with that amount of carelessness, it won’t last long. Here’s what you need to know about keeping your disposal in good condition.

There are so many things you should never put down a garbage disposal.

And most of them are not anything you would think twice about. Some common food items that should not be put down garbage disposals are:

  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Nuts
  • Shells
  • Peels
  • Vegetable skin/husks

You also should avoid putting grease of any kind in your disposal. The belief that you can do this safely by running hot water to rinse the drain is an erroneous myth. You should never put grease down any household drain.

Rinse before, during, and after with cold water

You might think you need hot water to dissolve all of that greasy food, but that just melts it temporarily. Those pieces of fat are going to recongeal when they become cool, and that’s how pipes get clogged. Using cold water for your disposal ensures that these fat pieces stay solid where they can be chopped up and safely drained away.

Get regular maintenance

If your garbage disposal doesn’t seem to be working properly, don’t try to fix it yourself. Working with a garbage disposal can be very dangerous if you’re not careful and know what you’re doing. A professional plumber is best suited to handle the problem. Contact us today if you need assistance.