Garbage Disposal Do's and Don'ts

Garbage disposals can be a valuable addition to any home, but neglecting proper operation and maintenance can lead to costly repairs and troublesome drainage issues.

Here are a few dos and don’ts to extend its life and prevent plumbing and drain mishaps:

  • Use a strong flow of cold water (never hot) when you grind food.
  • Grind peelings of citrus fruits to freshen up drain smells.
  • Grind some hard materials such as small chicken and fish bones to generate a souring effect that will effectively cleanse the walls of the disposal unit.
  • Pour a little dish soap in the disposal after washing dishes and let the cold water run for a minute or so.
  • Do not dispose of grease or fat in your garbage disposal as it can hinder its ability to grind and may lead to a clogged drain over time.
  • The use of hot water with your disposal. Hot water will cause grease to liquefy and clog the disposal.
  • Do not dispose of expandable foods such as rice in the drain, as they can swell and cause blockages similar to when they are cooked in a pot.
  • Process fibrous substances such as corn husks or onion skins by grinding them. These fibers have the potential to become entangled and cause a blockage in the disposal unit.

If you do have a clogged disposal or drain, call the professional plumbers at ProFix Drains & Hydro Jet to fix it before it becomes a major problem.

How Do You Keep Your Disposal Running?

Regular maintenance can ensure that your garbage disposal operates smoothly and odor-free. To achieve this, pour warm (not hot) water and dish soap into a sink with the stopper in place at least once a day to create suds. Afterward, remove the stopper and activate the disposal to allow the soapy water to clear away any fresh waste.

Regularly, use ice to thoroughly clean your disposal. Start by filling the top compartment with ice cubes and adding a cup of rock salt. Then, switch on the cold water and activate the disposal. The ice and salt will effectively clean the impeller blades. Allow the water to run for at least 30 seconds after the ice has melted. Additionally, seek assistance from a plumbing expert to clear your drain and conduct routine maintenance on your disposal unit.

A professional can ensure your garbage disposal is working properly and that it will continue working with no problems.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Only use cold water when grinding your garbage disposal. Hot water may cause fats to congeal. When congealed, fats and oils can stick to the blades of your disposal and cause the system to work harder than necessary, impacting the motor. You can run hot water in the sink after you have completed the grinding process.

Call Us for Garbage Disposal Repairs or Replacement Services

If you suspect that your garbage disposal drain is blocked or your plumbing system isn’t functioning as usual, reach out to the experts at ProFix Drains & Hydro Jet. We cater to Lakewood, Rossmoor and nearby areas, and our family-owned business has over 20 years of industry expertise. We utilize highly efficient techniques such as hydro jetting to clear clogged drains.

Act now before a small problem escalates into a major inconvenience. Get in touch with our professional plumbers serving Lakewood, Rossmoor and surrounding areas. who can evaluate your plumbing and advise on whether your garbage disposal needs repairs, replacement or hydro jetting maybe the answer to your sewer or drain issues. Your plumbing system will be grateful for the attention!

Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment.