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Maintenance Tips for Garbage Disposals

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When using your garbage disposal, you will need to know some tips on what to do, and what not to do, so Able Appliance is here to help you out. Every appliance is always going to need to be treated regularly, but you need to be treating your garbage disposal the most, and it depends mostly on how much the disposal is being used. Some people may need to use these maintenance tips more often that others if you use your garbage disposal more often than others. So, here are the tips that everyone needs to include in their garbage disposal maintenance.

Tip #1: When you know the garbage disposal has finished grinding the waste, instead of turning it off, leave the garbage disposal and the water running for an extra minute. This will make sure that the food has been flushed out the drain pipe. This will also prevent clogs and make sure that no more food has been left behind.

Tip #2: When running your garbage disposal, it is very important that cold water is being used, not hot water. Hot water is great to use while cleaning things, but it isn’t great on garbage disposals. Using hot water during the run of your garbage disposal will let waste stick to the sides, while cold water hardens the food. The cold water makes it easier for the garbage disposal to grind up the food and push it out of the drain pipe.

Tip #3: Because the garbage disposal isn’t very big, and the motor and blades aren’t very powerful, you should cut your food and waste into smaller pieces. Not only should you cut your food into smaller pieces, but you should also think about putting less waste in the garbage disposal at one time. This will keep your disposal in good shape for a longer amount of time.

Tip #4: You should be running your garbage disposal, with water, regularly. You should be doing this every few days or so, even if you don’t have anything in your garbage disposal, it is still very important. This is an important step because your disposal can freeze, rust or corrode, which leads to odors and clogs if there is any leftover food in the disposal.

Tip #5: Cold water will really help you maintain a clean garbage disposal, but another thing that will clean your disposal is grinding any form of citrus fruit into your garbage disposal. This will not only clean your garbage disposal, but it will also clear any smells or odors and clear extra waste in your disposal.

When using your garbage disposal, you should be using the tips provided above, but if you are looking to have a better working, and longer lasting disposal, then try to avoid putting these foods into your garbage disposal.

Grease and oil will cause clogs.

Potato peels will cling to the sides of a disposal, because of the starch.

Glass, plastic, metal and paper can dull or jam the blades connected to the disposal.

Big bones, seeds or puts can also dull or jam the blades, but can also become lodged into the drain.

Any foods containing starch, like rice or noodles, can stick to the sides of the garbage disposal. These foods will expand in the disposal, and create a clog.