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5 Ways to Take Excellent Care of Your Garbage Disposal

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Garbage disposals can be a great asset to your kitchen. Your garbage disposal helps get rid of unwanted food particles and can help keep your kitchen sink from getting clogged up by food scraps.
Without the proper care though, your garbage disposal can get clogged and jammed, which is why you need to know how to take appropriate care of your garbage disposal.
1. Use Your Garbage Disposal
Turn on your garbage disposal on a regular basis, even if you don't have any food to grind up. Every couple of days you should turn on the water and let your garbage disposal run for a couple of minutes.
Letting your garbage disposal sit unused for long periods of time can be dangerous. The parts inside of the disposal could freeze up or even rust and corrode. Food particles that you are not aware of could also harden and clog up your garbage disposal as well.
2. Use Cold Water
When you run your garbage disposal, it's natural to assume hot water is the best. However, you should actually use cold water.
Cold water hardens up food, which makes it easier for your garbage disposal to grind up the food properly and flush it down your drain. Hot water can melt fats and soften food, making it more difficult for the disposal to break up the food.
3. Let Your Garbage Disposal Run
Don't just flip your garbage disposal off as soon as you stop hearing the food being ground-up. Allow the garbage disposal to run for another minute. This step will allow any smaller food particles to get ground up and pushed through the drain pipe.
Put a little soap down the drain while the garbage disposal is still running after all the food is ground up. The soap will help clean the garage disposal components and flush away any lingering small pieces of debris stuck to the garbage disposal mechanism or in the drain.
4. Keep Your Waste Small
Keep the waste you put into your garbage disposal on the small side. The blades and motor in your garbage disposal are only so strong. Don't overestimate the power of your garbage disposal.
Place larger food scrapes into the trash or cut them up before putting them down your disposal. In addition, don't put a lot of food scraps into your garbage disposal all at once.
Keep things simple and small, and run your garbage disposal frequently when rinsing food scraps down your kitchen sink.
5. Know What to Keep Out of Your Garbage Disposal
Not all food can be ground up in your disposal, so you need to be mindful of the food that you put down it.
Try to keep grease and oil out of your garbage disposal and out of all your sinks. Grease and oil may start out as a liquid, but it can solidify and harden as it makes its way through your garbage disposal and drain pipe. Grease and oil can be responsible for clogged up drain pipes, septic systems, and city water systems.
Keep pits, seeds, and bones out of your garbage disposal; they are famous for jamming up disposals. Even if they make it through the disposal, pits, seeds, and bones can get stuck in the drain pipe and cause the blades of your disposal to wear out faster than they should.
Keep any food that can expand when it comes into contact with water, such as rice and pasta, out of your garbage disposal. These items can expand and clog up your disposal.
Potato peels should also be kept out of your disposable. The starch inside of the potato peels can cause the peels to cling to the sides of your garbage disposal.
If your garbage disposal is not working correctly, our team at Appliance Repair Solutions can fix up your disposal and also help with any other appliance repairs in your home. Give us a call today!