Many of the garbage disposals we perform repairs on were damaged by not being used correctly. Not only can this reduce the lifespan of your appliance, but it can be dangerous. At Econo West Heating Air & Plumbing, we want our clients to be safe and for their garbage disposals to work as long as possible. Keep reading to learn how you can do that, and then contact us at (661) 947-2653 if you need help.
Always Use Cold Water
It is essential that you always run water when you are using your garbage disposal. This helps to get the waste moving through the disposal and down your drain. By using cold water, you are preventing any fat or grease (which should not be going down the drain but might slip by) from turning into a liquid, only to turn back to a solid deeper in your pipes and cause problems.
Use Your Garbage Disposal on a Regular Basis
Even if you do not have a lot of waste to dispose of, you should turn your disposal on regularly. If you do not, then you run the risk of your garbage disposal becoming rusting or corroding. A good rule of thumb is to run your garbage disposal every time you clean out your sink.
Be Careful What You Put Down Your Garbage Disposal
Few people think they can put anything down a garbage disposal. For example, you would not likely see someone trying to shove an entire chicken down the disposal. Yet many people think they can put items down the disposal that are actually bad for it.
A good rule of thumb is to only put soft foods down the garbage disposal, though this is not a hard and fast rule. Some of the most common things people put down the garbage disposal that they should not put down there include animal bones, coffee grinds, and onion skins.
Clean Your Garbage Disposal Regularly
When is the last time you performed general maintenance and/or cleaning on your garbage disposal? If you are like most people, you might never have done it. You can put down a piece of citrus fruit, such as lemon, along with a few pieces of ice. Let the garbage disposal grind that up and then run cold water down it for several minutes. This can freshen up the smell and knock any stuck bits of food and refuse.