If you have installed a garbage disposal in your kitchen, you know how useful it is to make household tasks easier. Without proper management, a garbage disposal may easily clog, break down, and block drains. As a result, it will cause a slew of costly drain and plumbing nightmares. Clogged drains are a significant annoyance, and trash disposal repair may be pricey.
Fortunately, most garbage disposal issues are avoidable, and garbage disposal care and maintenance are relatively simple. Take good care of your garbage disposal, and it will take good care of you in return. Below, we discuss the mistakes to avoid and activities to take to keep your trash disposal running smoothly for longer. Also, you will understand how to reduce the possibility of needing to contact a plumbing or drain cleaning service.
Experts always recommend that one of the best methods of lengthening the functional life of your garbage disposal is moderation. It simply means that you avoid using it for waste in high volume. The recommended amount is only a few scraps.
Avoid adding mashed potatoes, pasta, potato peels, and rice to your garbage disposal. If you cannot avoid it, ensure that it is in a small amount, such as when rinsing a plate that has already been scraped. It is because starch becomes goo as soon as it gets down the drain and goes into the pipe, causing the disposal to clog.
Garbage disposals are not made of actual blades. They cannot handle hard or stringy items. You should avoid putting things such as bones, corn cobs, celery, and rhubarb. When added, they get twisted and caught on the blades leading the garbage disposal to clog.
Parts of garbage disposal include metal pulverizers, grinders, a spinning shredder ring on the outer section. Although they have sharp edges, they should not be sharpened.
With the regular use of the garbage disposal, you cannot avoid getting a gunk coating. It is because the coating interferes with the appropriate grinding of the garbage disposal. The gunk also has a strong foul and uncomfortable smell. Noting this, you must clean your garbage disposal regularly with ice cubes, dish soap, white vinegar, and baking soda to add some freshness. You must always check your manufacturer’s recommendations. They may recommend different cleaning procedures depending on the model. Some may recommend using special drain cleaning equipment.
The general rule about garbage disposals is you must avoid adding eggshells, seeds, popcorn kernels, coffee grounds, broken bits of plastic, glass, or anything granular. The reason is they get between the wall and spinning shredder ring. The grinder cannot move when the granular bits are clogged, causing the breaker to trip.
The best way to avoid rust and corrosion build-up on your garbage disposal is by using it frequently. Doing this is an assurance that all components of the disposal are moving while preventing the accumulation of obstructions.
Do not turn off the motor or the water until the grinding is finished. Turn off the garbage disposal first after the grinding is finished. Then, allow the water to run for at least 15 seconds to rinse away any leftover particles. After that, turn off the water.
Do not put fat, grease, or oil down the drain or into the garbage disposal. Grease will gradually gather and plug drains as well as hamper the grinding capabilities of your trash disposal.
Harsh chemicals, such as drain cleaners and bleach, might corrode and harm your garbage disposal’s pipework. To keep your disposal clean, use gentler methods.
Because each trash disposal is unique, you must read the manufacturer’s instructions to determine what is allowed in the garbage disposal. Do not attempt to repair garbage disposal as you may worsen the situation. It is advised that you have a professional install and repair your garbage disposal for optimal operation. Although it is not strictly essential, the unit must be properly connected to your plumbing and dishwasher.