Garbage Disposal Repair: What Can You Put in Your Disposal?

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Garbage disposal repair is not something anyone wants to deal with, but when you must – call the professionals at Able Appliance Repair! Don’t wait when it comes to garbage disposal repair. You don’t want to end up with a backed-up sink full of muck.

A garbage disposal is a convenient appliance in the kitchen sink that helps break down food waste into smaller particles, allowing it to flow more quickly through the plumbing. The device typically comprises a motor, a grinding chamber, and a spinning plate with sharp blades that chop up the food waste. The ground-up waste is then flushed away with water through the drainpipes. However, not all types of food waste are suitable for a garbage disposal, and utilizing it improperly can lead to a garbage disposal repair being needed.

Here’s a list of items you can generally put in a garbage disposal:

·        Soft and Non-Fibrous Fruits and Vegetables: Most fruits and vegetables are safe to put in garbage disposals. However, tough or fibrous items like banana peels, celery, and corn husks should be avoided.
·        Small Bones: Small, soft bones from fish or poultry can be ground up in a garbage disposal. However, large or hard bones should not be put in the disposal.
·        Ice Cubes: Grinding ice cubes helps clean the disposal blades and removes any debris stuck to the sides.
·        Citrus Peels: Citrus peels, like those from lemons or oranges, can help freshen the disposal and eliminate odors.
·        Eggshells: While controversial, some people believe eggshells can help clean the disposal. However, others advise against it because the thin membrane inside the shell can wrap around the disposal blades.
·        Small Amounts of Leftover Food: Small amounts of leftover food scraped from plates are generally okay.

On the other hand, you should avoid putting the following items in a garbage disposal:

·        Grease and Oil: Fats can solidify and clog the drain.
·        Stringy or Fibrous Foods: Items like celery, corn husks, onion skins, potato peelings, and artichokes can wrap around the blades.
·        Coffee Grounds: While some sources say it’s okay in moderation, excessive coffee grounds can lead to clogs.
·        Large Bones: Hard bones can damage the disposal blades.
·        Non-Food Items: Avoid putting non-food items like plastic, metal, or glass in the disposal.

Always run cold water while using the garbage disposal and for a short time afterward to ensure the waste is flushed through the plumbing. If you’re ever in doubt about whether an item is suitable for disposal, it’s best to err on the side of caution and dispose of it in the regular trash. Some common mistakes that can be made when trying to service your disposal yourself are disconnecting the power, using the wrong tools, overloading the disposal, pouring grease or oil down the disposal, and mostly ignoring warning signs. Suppose your garbage disposal is making unusual noises, emitting foul odors, or not working correctly. In that case, addressing the issue immediately before it causes more severe problems is essential. Call Able Appliance Repair when professional garbage disposal repair is needed.

Able Appliance has been doing garbage disposal repair in the Kansas City area for over 40 years – including areas such as North Kansas City, Liberty, Gladstone, Platte Woods, Weatherby Lake, Independence, Leawood, Prairie Village, Lenexa, Olathe, Overland Park, Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit and many more. Some brands we specialize in repairing include Whirlpool, Kenmore, InSinkErator, Badger, KitchenAid, and more. We guarantee our work and look forward to being your dependable appliance repair company! Contact us today if you need a garbage disposal repair.

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