How to Keep Your Garbage Disposal Happy

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Your garbage disposal is an invaluable tool in the kitchen, but improper care can lead to foul smells and dangerous malfunctions. It is important to understand how to properly operate and maintain your garbage disposal to improve its performance and lifespan.

Plenty of Exercise

Just as you need exercise to keep your body healthy, your garbage disposal needs exercise too. Run the disposal at least every other day to keep the blades from rusting. Even if you don’t have any leftover food scraps to grind up, pouring some cold water while running the appliance should do the trick. This also allows any caked-on food gunk to be dislodged from the blades, washing it out and preventing a foul-smelling odor.

Avoid Putting These Foods Down the Drain

Some foods do not mix well with your garbage disposal. Here are some of the foods that should never go down the drain:

  • Fat, grease, and oil may not destroy the garbage disposal itself, but it can clog up the rest of your piping. It’s best to throw out these things in the garbage can or save them in a jar to use in further cooking.
  • Pasta, rice, and oats swell when combined with water, making them a serious clogging risk for your piping.
  • Bones can get caught in the blades, causing them to get caught or break. Even if small bones do get past the garbage disposal, they can get caught in your plumbing.
  • Seafood shells such as lobsters and crabs should never be out down the disposal. The hard casings will chip away at your blades and can lead to a clog within your piping.
  • Fibrous vegetables, such as celery, will break down into strings and can get caught in your disposal’s blades which can cause them to break.
  • Potato peels can turn into a glue-like substance, getting stuck on the blades which can lead to a major clog.
  • Eggshells can stick to the walls of your piping and onto the blades, which over time can cause them to clog up. It is better to use them in composting or simply put them in the trash.

Additional Food Disposal Tips

Never put a vast amount of food in the garbage disposal at once. Doing so can cause it to clog and make it harder on the blades to turn. This can cause the disposal to malfunction. Instead, put the food down in small amounts to allow the food to pass through the system and be fully ground to avoid clogging the blades and the pipes.

Never Put Your Fingers Near the Disposal

Even if the garbage disposal is off, putting your fingers near the disposal can be extremely dangerous. The blades are sharp, which can lead to your fingers getting cut. Instead, if there is a clog you can use pliers to tongs to remove the clog.

How Long Should You Run the Water?

Whenever you run your garbage disposal make sure there is water running. Always run water for at least 15 seconds after you hear the motor stop, to ensure that any remaining food particles are not sticking to the blades.

Need Garbage Disposal Repairs?

Is your garbage disposal struggling or your pipes getting clogged up? Your dedicated team at Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain in Denton is always available to help you! No job is too big or too small for our team! Contact Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain today to schedule service from one of our friendly plumbers or for more information on our services.