Roto-Rooter Gives Six Tips for Kitchen Disposal Maintenance

Roto-Rooter Gives Six Tips for Kitchen Disposal Maintenance

The plumbers at Roto-Rooter often receive phone calls to come fix a jammed kitchen disposal. While we are always happy to help, there are many things you can do to prevent the need for a plumber to fix your disposal. Here is a list of six items that will help you keep your disposal working well.

Avoid Overusing the Disposal

The kitchen disposal was designed to take care of small particles of food. It is ideal for small amounts of food that are left over after a meal or when you prepare food. It is not meant to get rid of all peelings, melon rinds, or other large quantities of food. If you have a lot of food waste, it is better to put the waste into the trash can.

Run the Water First

The appliance runs best if the water is turned on before you turn on the power.

Put Only Small Amounts in at the Same Time

It is easy for a garbage disposal to get stuck if too much food is pushed into the appliance at one time. The large amount will overwhelm the blades, and they will get jammed. You can avoid a jam by steadily inserting small portions of food rather than pushing all of it in at one time.

Let the Water Run

The entire time food is being ground up, water should be running through the sink. In addition, after the food has emptied out of the appliance the water still needs to run. Leave the water on for 10 to 15 seconds to flush all the food particles past the p-trap and down the pipes.

Avoid Certain Items

There are some things that should never be put into a kitchen disposal. These include the following:

  • Potato peelings
  • Rice or pasta that can swell in the pipes
  • Eggs shells
  • Popcorn kernels
  • Nuts or seeds
  • Onion skins
  • Grape stems
  • Grease
  • Bits of plastic, glass, or metal

These items interfere with the plumbing in one of two ways. First, they can cause the disposal blades to jam. Second, after the items have left the disposal they can clog your drains. They can settle in the p-trap or even clog the pipes much further down the line.

Call for Help when Necessary

Implementing these items can save you a lot of money by reducing the need to call a plumber. However, sometimes there are problems you can't handle. When you do have problems you can always call Roto-Rooter. We're open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


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