Although the motorized blades installed underneath your kitchen sink are called “garbage disposals,” this name is somewhat misleading. All homeowners know that you can’t put certain types of garbage, such as paper waste, into the disposal, but many place service calls to a plumber because they have clogged their garbage disposal with inappropriate material. Learn how to properly use yours by consulting the guide below:
Do: Run Water While Using the Disposal
Although your garbage disposal should be able to shred certain types of food waste if you keep the blades sharp, it will clog if you don’t run water while you have the motor on. Without running water, the chopped-up food waste will simply spin around and around inside the disposal, and it may solidify on the blades.
Don’t: Pour Grease Down the Drain
Sometimes, Anaheim homeowners pour liquid grease down the disposal, in the mistaken belief that it will wash down the drain and to the sewer. However, grease will solidify inside your pipes and even coat the inside of your disposal, causing clogs. Solid fat can also adhere to the walls of your pipes, even if the disposal chops it up a bit first.
Do: Clean Out Your Garbage Disposal
To prevent bacteria growth and unpleasant odors, clean your disposal at least once a week. Some Orange County homeowners recommend grinding citrus peels, though these can be very tough and they may dull your blades. One of the simplest ways to clean your garbage disposal is to fill it with half a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar, and let the mixture froth for a few minutes before turning on the warm water tap and running the blades.
Don’t: Put Pasta or Rice in the Disposal
Though these starchy foods seem soft, they quickly expand and turn gummy when wet, and even if they make it past the garbage disposal they can clog your drainpipes further down the line.
If your garbage disposal is nearing the end of its life, or if your kitchen drains are clogged, OC Plumbing can help. We are experts at clearing clogged drains and installing garbage disposals, water heaters, and new plumbing fixtures. Call us today to learn more about our services.