Maintaining Your Garbage Disposals

Plumbing Guide: How to Maintain Garbage Disposals 

Garbage disposals play an essential role in the kitchen, and not only does it minimize your food waste, but it is also environmentally friendly. 

If the garbage disposal is well maintained, its effectiveness helps keep kitchen functional and clean; however, problematic garbage disposal, on the other hand, only bring trouble and hassle to the members of the household. 

When biodegradable food waste is not properly taken care of by the garbage disposal, it creates clogging which produces an awful odor to the kitchen. 

How to Maintain a Garbage Disposals?

Preventing Problems

By avoiding harmful food waste away from the garbage disposal, you are preventing major damages to your overall system. 

What many homeowners do not know is that not all food waste can be chopped to pieces by shredders, and there are some sediments that make shredders dull. 

Here are a few things you should avoid disposing of down the garbage disposal:

  • Shrimp shells
  • Eggshells
  • Unpopped popcorn kernels
  • Bones 
  • Celery
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Grease
  • Potato Peels

Trash and Hard Items

Aside from harmful food waste, you should also not give in to the temptation of throwing trash down the disposal. Some of these items include:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Fabric
  • Sponges
  • Cigarette butts
  • Plastic
  • Hair

Cut Large Object to Smaller Pieces

While fruit skin can be shredded by disposals, some like watermelons and papayas may need to be chopped down into smaller pieces first. Better yet, it could be best to dispose of thick fruit skins in the compost or trash.

Clean the System

It is natural for plumbing fixtures to have sediment build up in time. Debris could solidify and cause clogging, and even shorten the lifespan of the garbage disposal. 

At the same time, the shredders also need regular replacing. 

Keep the Water Flowing

When activating the garbage disposal, let the water from the faucet flow to allow the shredders to chop the food waste with ease. 

Just like how a blender works, cold water helps move around the sediments as well as help in carrying out the remaining particles out of the disposal and into the pipeline. Coldwater also keeps the motor from overheating. 

Einstein Pros is a trusted plumbing company in Bend, Oregon that caters to a variety of plumbing services including the installation of garbage disposals, parts replacement, and general repair. Call us now to book an appointment.