If your home has a waste disposal you are aware that it’s a great device that can make residential duties much less aggravating. Nevertheless, if not operated or maintained appropriately a waste disposal could easily wear out, block and clog up the drain pipes and result in a a long list of high-priced plumbing and drain difficulties.
Disposal maintenance and obstructed pipes tend to be expensive and undesirable problems to experience. Luckily by incorporating quick routine maintenance often irritating disposal challenges could very well be prevented. Below we describe the problems you ought to steer clear of as well as the actions you need to take in order to keep your garbage disposal functioning smoothly for years and reduce the odds that you’ll be required to call for drain or plumbing clean-up assistance.
How To Keep Your Disposal Problem-Free
Ice is an extremely effective and low-cost method for cleansing any garbage disposal. This technique will in addition sharpen the blades and remove accrued grease. It really is as simple as tossing a handful of ice down the garbage disposal and turning it on. As the ice cubes grind, the ice chips will clean up away at all the difficult to reach areas. Your garbage disposal will operate correctly if you carry out this straightforward servicing once or twice on a monthly basis.
Garbage Disposal Dos:
-Keep your garbage disposal clean. A couple minutes of cold running water and a dab of liquid soap will do it.
-Run your garbage disposal regularly. Doing so prevents corrosion and keeps moving parts operating properly.
-Run a steady flow of cold water when grinding food. Why cold water? It will cause any grease or oils that may get into the unit to solidify so that they can be chopped up before reaching the trap.
-Grind small amounts of small chicken and fish bones, egg shells, small fruit pits, etc. These fine particles scrub the walls of the grind chamber to keep it clean.
-Grind peelings from citrus fruits such as lemons or oranges to freshen up drain smells.
-Cut large items into smaller pieces Feed small amounts and small pieces.
What NOT to do with your disposal:
Rule of Thumb: Other than the things we mentioned above — if you can’t eat it don’t put it down the drain. Think of your disposal as a hungry dog; food only. Anything other than food may cause blade and motor damage. If you aren’t sure, avoid putting it in the disposal.
-No glass, paper or plastic.
-Seems silly but we have to say it, don’t put combustibles down the disposal.
-No cigarettes should be put down the disposal.
-Don’t pour grease, fat or oil in your disposal or drain. Grease will slowly accumulate and impede your garbage disposal’s grinding ability as well as clog drains.
-Do not grind food using hot water. Hot water will cause grease to liquefy and accumulate, causing drains to clog.
-Don’t turn off the motor or water up until grinding is finished. Then, turn off the the garbage disposal to start with. Flush all remaining particles with water for at least 15 more seconds. After that shut off water.
These are general maintenance tips and simple remedies for minor problems. If problems worsen or you suspect there is another issue, phone Garden Grove Plumbing immediately. We have the tools and know-how to address almost every garbage disposal emergency so give us a call at 714-676-3801.