Extend The Life Of Your Garbage Disposal With These Tips
It sure is convenient to be able to rinse food scraps down the drain, rather than having to scrape every plate off into the garbage can before doing dishes. If you want your garbage disposal to keep working its best for years to come, follow these tips:
Don't put fibrous foods down the disposal. This includes corn husks and citrus peels. Your disposal has to work extra hard to grind these food scraps up, and the more you require it to do this, the shorter its life expectancy will become.
Avoid using drain cleaner to clear clogs. Not only may the drain cleaner splash up and burn your eyes, but it also may cause the blades in your garbage disposal to erode and lose their sharpness. Avoid clogs by always running water as you run the disposal. If your drain does become clogged, have a professional come look at it, rather than risking injury by attempting to unclog it yourself.
Don't grind up bones. Put these in the trash can, or put them in a plastic bag and take them to the outdoor trash can if you don't want a smell. Bones cause a lot of friction in the garbage disposal, and can wear out its blades.
Don't put grease or greasy food down the disposal. It will lead to drain clogs, just as it would with a drain that does not have a disposal. Pour your cooking grease into a cup, and dispose of it in the trash.
Clean your disposal once per week. This is a lot easier than it seems. Simply squeeze in some dish soap, and pour in a cup of baking soda. Run the disposal and the cold water, and odors will be gone.
Sharpen the blades with ice. Yes, chopping up ice can keep your garbage disposal blades nice and sharp. Just toss a few cubes in once a month or so, and grind them up while running your water.
Advise guests before letting them use the disposal. This is a common problem during the holiday season – guests come over to help you cook, and end up putting things down the disposal that don't belong there. Make sure your guests know not to put bones, coffee grounds, and fibrous peelings down the disposal.
Today's garbage disposals are pretty durable and can take occasional abuse. However, continued abuse over a few years can decrease their life expectancy or lead to costly breakdowns. Replacing a garbage disposal is not cheap, so treat yours well to ensure it stays functional for as long as possible. Be sure to contact professionals, such as those from Jim Dhamer Plumbing & Sewer, Inc., for additional help.