The holiday season is in full swing, and now is a time when your kitchen sink may receive more use than any other season of the year. When you are cleaning up after a big holiday meal, your garbage disposal will be a key kitchen appliance. However, an improperly maintained garbage disposal can create a serious plumbing emergency. To help you make sure that your plumbing is ready for the holidays, here are some essential garbage disposal maintenance tips.

Use Cold Water

One simple trick for maintaining your garbage disposal is to run cold water down the drain every time the disposal is turned on. Cold water will help to lubricate the system, and will also ensure that all food scraps are properly processed. After you are finished cleaning your sink, you can let the cold water run for a few seconds to completely clear the drain pipe.

Avoid Damaging Foods

During the holiday season, you may find yourself cleaning up bones, potatoes, and other hard, fibrous, or starchy food items. Rather than sending these scraps down the garbage disposal, you will want to always place them carefully in the trash. Placing damaging foods down your disposal could cause your garbage disposal to fail almost immediately.

Clean the Blades

Like other pieces of equipment, your garbage disposal needs to be cleaned at routine intervals. Fortunately, cleaning your garbage disposal is as easy as placing ice and rock salt down the drain. This combination of materials will clean food out of the disposal, and will also sharpen its blades.

At Arrow Plumbing, Inc., our team will be there to assist you with any plumbing emergency that may arise during the upcoming holiday season. Our plumbers are qualified to fix all types of plumbing problems in Libertyville, and we will make sure that your kitchen plumbing is functioning perfectly. Give us a call at (847) 984-3258 to hear more about the plumbing services that we have to offer.