The best way to prevent ruining your garbage disposal is to know what not to put down it. A good rule of thumb is to keep hard, metallic, greasy, or fibrous things away. Many of these kinds of foods can clog up the drain or cause harm to the blades, leading to irreversible damage. Make sure you’re running cold water while you use your garbage disposal. Cold water helps break down the food but doesn’t allow it to get tacky and stick to the walls of your pipes.
Another major problem homeowners face with their garbage disposal is the battle with potential odors. In order to combat this issue, simply toss some citrus down your disposal every once in a while. As an added bonus, the citrus will also help rid your pipes of excess waste! An additional easy way to prevent any garbage disposal issues, is to the let the disposal run for an extra minute with some water running; this allows any remaining food to completely grind up and flush through the system.
A garbage disposal can be one of the handiest and most used tools in your home, but you have to take proper care of it. If you have any questions on this or anything else, give Nebrasky Plumbing, Heating & Cooling a call at 800.989.0299.