Much like the microwave, years ago a kitchen garbage disposal was thought of as an unnecessary luxury. Not a requirement. Today it is difficult to imagine cooking in a kitchen without one. Used properly, a garbage disposal can reduce cleaning time and help to keep your kitchen sanitary.
Unfortunately, many people, in an effort to save time, like to push the limits of their under the sink appliance. If , for example, they have boiled a couple dozen eggs for their deviled egg platter, they mistakenly decide that it be much quicker to just throw the egg shells down the disposal. Or perhaps they made a meatloaf in the oven and thought it be much quicker to pour the grease down the disposal. Not a good idea. To keep this appliance working properly, you need to pay close attention to what you put into it and avoid grinding the objects most likely to cause damage to your garbage disposal.
Foods Most Likely to Require a Call From My Service Technicians:
- Stringy or Fibrous Foods- fibrous foods can cause as much or more damage to your disposal than hard foods. Examples of some foods to avoid grinding in you disposal include corn husks, carrot peelings, celery, onion skins and egg shells.
- Hard objects- Glass, plastic, bones, fruit pits. Disposals are made for grinding up food bits that can safely pass into the sewer or septic system. Hard objects can dull or even break blades, get jammed in the disposal or even damage the entire disposal mechanism.
- Grease or Starchy Foods- it is definitely not a good idea to pour grease down a garbage disposal or drain. The grease will cool and solidify before it is expelled from the home’s plumbing system. Eventually the grease will build up and along with other debris it collects and block the disposal altogether.
- Chemicals and combustibles- Chemicals are dangerous as a garbage disposal is an electrical appliance. Both can cause corrosion or a reaction with the unit.
Use Cold Water – When operating your disposal run cold water before, during and after it’s operation. The tendency is to turn on hot water. Whereas cold water actually helps prevent blockage. While operating, add food in small amounts, giving the unit a chance to grind what has already been put in to avoid overloading. Turn the unit off only after everything has been ground thoroughly and has drained through the unit and drain pipes.
Run vinegar through your disposal– Pour vinegar in and let set in for about an hour before rinsing. This helps to reduce scale and buildup in your disposal.
Grind ice to clean and sharpen – Ice cubes are one hard item that can be put into a garbage disposal, as ice actually helps to sharpen and clean the blades. After sharpening with a tray of ice cubes, clean and freshen the drain by grinding up citrus fruit or citrus skins. Putting some baking soda or Borax in the drain for an hour and rinse it away with hot water to remove stubborn odors.
Use common sense– Understand what your properly working garbage disposal sounds like and recognize when problems may require a garbage disposal repair. If something falls into the drain, never assume it is safe to reach into the unit because it has been turned off. The disposal should be completely disconnected and unplugged before attempting to retrieve an object. Use properly so as to continue to send food and refuse down the drain and not your hard earned money.
If you are in need of a garbage disposal repair, call Turner Appliance today at 317 788 9180