A home is supposed to be a peaceful abode of convenience. It is a place where you sit in a chair, hold a cup of coffee and fresh air. But it can feel like the inside of a dumpster if some things are not correctly cared for. To avoid this, you need to know how to care for your garbage disposal properly. The few tips below can help you do that.
WHAT IS A GARBAGE DISPOSAL?
It is sometimes called a garbage disposer. It is an electronic machine fitted under a kitchen sink to shred food waste into tiny bits and pass the bits out through the waste pipe.
PROPER CARE TIPS
- Avoid putting the wrong objects at your disposal.
A garbage disposer is designed for grinding some food scraps. The disposer will damage if you send down objects made of metal, plastics, or bones. Also, avoid food scraps like oil, grease, corn husk, rice, pasta, and anything that can clog your disposal.
- Avoid the use of drain cleaners.
Do not use chemical cleaners to unblock your disposal. They can damage it. If you have a clog, simply call a plumber to help you fix it.
- Use ice cubes for maintenance.
Grind some ice cubes once or twice a month. It helps to clear away any waste that stayed stuck on the wall of your disposal. It also helps to sharpen the blades of your unit. Also, you can freeze some vinegar in your ice cube trays and grind them once in a while. This will help to eliminate foul odor-causing bacteria.
- Do not grind large objects.
Always reduce large food scraps to smaller sizes before sending them down to the disposal unit. This helps your disposal to grind up in less time. It reduces the workload of your disposal unit.
- Fight bad smells with citrus fruits.
Dealing with foul odor from your garbage disposal unit? Pour in some lemon or orange peels and grind. Grinding citrus fruits in your piece helps to freshen it up.
- Flush adequately with a lot of cold water
The cold water helps to cool the blades and prevent overheating when grinding. Using a lot of cold water when flushing out food particles helps to prevent clogging and foul odor. Also, allow for enough time so that everything can be thoroughly decimated and flushed.
- Break up jams
Use an Allen wrench to break up jams in your unit manually. Stick the Allen wrench in the slot underneath your disposer and crank the blades to free it.
Contact Elite Plumbing & Heating in Stoneham
These tips are guaranteed to help prolong the lifespan of your disposal unit. Following them will also help you avoid needless expensive repairs. Try them out!
Elite Plumbing & Heating can help you to check the condition of your unit. We also offer maintenance services. Having issues with how best to sustainably use your disposal? Contact us to speak with one of our experts today. Give us a call at 781-438-2997