The 411 on Your Garbage Disposal

The 411 on Your Garbage Disposal

The garbage disposal is one of the most commonly used appliances in any kitchen. Most homeowners don’t realize just how important their garbage disposal is until they experience a problem with it. Fortunately, with proper maintenance and care, you can help to prevent any future problems with minimal effort.

It is important to clear away any food from your garbage disposal because otherwise the food can sit in the cage of the disposal and rot. This will not only produce a foul odor; it may also lead to a costly problem in the future. To clear away any excess food and grease, while removing any unsavory odors, it is important to use about a quarter cup of a professional enzyme treatment once a month. You can also pour one half cup baking soda into the drain followed by one cup of white vinegar and wait 10 minutes for the solution to settle. Follow this with a large pot of boiling water to provide a deep clean.

How to Properly Use and Care for Your Disposal

Make sure to proceed with caution when working with your garbage disposal. Never place your hands or other objects down the drain. Run cold water in the garbage disposal for 15 seconds before and after use to effectively clear away any food particles. Make sure that the disposal is running before adding any food items.

Do not pour grease, oil, harmful food items like egg shells, pasta and vegetable peels, down the drain as they can cause a clog. Grinding ice cubes or pouring liquid dish soap or white vinegar down the drain can help to clean your disposal and eliminate any foul odors.

Is Your Disposal Backed Up?

In order to prevent a problem, make sure to clean your disposal on occasion by filling your sink with hot, soapy water and drain it with the disposal running to flush out the disposal and the drainpipes. If you do experience a problem and it begins to buzz, take the following measures to help restore your garbage disposal:

  • Turn the garbage disposal off.
  • Make sure the disposal is plugged in securely.
  • Press the reset switch, which can be found on the front or bottom of your garbage disposal.
  • Turn the garbage disposal back on.

Call your local Roto-Rooter in Minneapolis for more information on what you can do to maintain your garbage disposal and get the most use out of it.

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