The main function of garbage disposal is to remove expired food, unwanted leftovers, or peels. However, many people take this system for granted; until it stops working or becomes clogged. Well, do not let yourself be among the majority; take care of your garbage disposal very well. How do you do this?
Below are a few simple tips that will help you extend its life and prevent clogging.
• Run It Regularly – Running it on a regular basis is one great way to not only increase its life but prevent clogging. It does not matter if you do not have anything to grind; you should run it. If you have nothing to grind, it is wise to turn on the water and run it most preferably after every few days. The aim of doing this is to prevent it from corroding or seizing up. Also, it helps you get rid of the odor because food tends to stick and remain in the unit.
• Use Cold Water – You should never use hot water when it comes to running the garbage disposal. The water should be cold and running; but not hot. The truth is that hot water is perfect for cleaning many things but not a garbage disposal.
• Run The Disposal For Longer – After your disposal has finished grinding waste, it is wise to let it run for about a minute. This technique ensures that all food has been flushed out the drain, which prevents clogging. You can even let a little bit of soap dish and water run down the unit after it has completed gridding waste.
• Cut Waste Into Small Pieces – Even though garbage disposals are big with a powerful motor and very sharp blades, do not expect miracles from your unit. As such, it is wise to cut large chunks of fruits and meat into small pieces. Go easy with it.
• Grinding Citrus Fruits – Even though soap and water will help you keep your disposal clean, it is wise once in a while to use a citrus fruit peel (such as lime, lemon, and orange) to clean it. Just simply toss the peels in your disposal.
• What Not To Insert In Your Garbage Disposal – The truth is that some foods do not grind up easily. As such, you should avoid putting them in the disposal. Examples include rice, pasta, eggshells, pit, seeds, big bones, paper, metal, plastic, glass, potato peels, oil or grease.
If you run into a problem with your unit, it is wise first to switch Off power from the circuit breaker, before you attempt to remove the clog. Call Alto Sewer to handle all your repairs for you.