There are two types of garbage disposal users. The first type is convinced that a garbage disposer is equivalent to an incinerator and that it can break down whatever, whenever, without any hassle. This type doesn’t hesitate to throw potato peels, banana peels, or bones into the disposal and then resume their lives without worry. The second type a cautious user, who only uses the disposal to handle the type of objects it was designed to handle, and operates it in a way that is consistent with the instruction manual. It shouldn’t be surprising that the first type will experience many more problems with their disposal and will have frequent service calls to Roto-Rooter . However, by learning the rules of appropriate disposal use, anyone can become the second type and enjoy a problem-free disposer.
Garbage disposers aren’t designed to be an alternative to a trash can, they are designed to allow a person to wash food debris off of a dirty dish without the debris clogging the drain. If you are using the disposal for more ambitious tasks, you are more likely to experience problems. Certain foods are natural enemies to a garbage disposal and should never be put down the drain. Bones (from chicken, pork chops, steaks, etc.), egg shells, banana peels, potato peels, pasta or other items that are stringy, sticky or fibrous are off limits. Some of these items are too hard for the blades to handle, and others have fibers or stringy parts that will wrap around the blades and prevent them from turning correctly.
The disposer has one job and one job only, and that is to chop things up. This means is that the disposer does not rinse things through the disposal for you, it needs running water to help. You should run the water 15 seconds prior to and after you use the disposal, as well as while you’re using it. Without running water, whatever the blades chop off will stay in the disposal, and may settle and harden later. With the water running, whatever is chopped off is whisked away down the drain where it can safely be disposed of.
Some of the food you put down your drain is sticky, and you don’t want it sticking to the disposal or anything else. There are pipe shielding products, such as Roto-Rooter Pipe Shield, that keep your drain lines smooth and prevent food scum buildup. By following these precautions and words of advice, you won’t need disposer repair any time soon.
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