Posted on 3/20/2013

Garbage disposals are great tool for making your daily household tasks easier. If they’re not used properly, however, they can lead to drain clogs and other plumbing problems. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your garbage disposal:

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Keep Your Garbage Disposal Clean
The buildup of grease and bits of food can limit the performance of your garbage disposal. That’s why it is always important to take steps to keep your garbage disposal clean. After grinding up food, put some soap into your garbage disposal and allow it to run for around 15 seconds. It can also help to throw in a few ice cubes. This will help to keep blades sharp and clean off grease and food residue.

Know What Your Garbage Disposal Can’t Handle
Garbage disposals are useful for disposing of a wide range of foods, but they can become damaged or jammed by certain materials. Avoid sending fibrous materials like corn husks and celery stalks down your garbage disposal, as fibers can become wrapped around blades and cause your unit to jam. Other things to avoid include all non-food products, grease, oil, fat, large bones, and expandable foods like pasta and rice.

Understand Proper Water Use
Using water the right way with your garbage disposal is crucial to keeping it well maintained. Run water for a few seconds before turning on your garbage disposal, and for a few seconds more after the last bits of food waste are clear. You’ll always want to use cold water. Cold water brings grease and oils to a more solid state, allowing them to be more easily chopped up.

If your garbage disposal is in need of maintenance, contact Arrow Plumbing, Inc. We provide a full range of plumbing services to homeowners and businesses in Libertyville and surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, call us today at (888) 349-8161.