Kitchens can often get messy, and it's up to garbage disposals to handle a variety of waste from leftover food particle. However, when these fixtures aren't operating properly, it can cause a number of issues including blockages and bad odors. Here are the top three maintenance tips for your garbage disposal:
Just because it can be dumped doesn't mean it should be put into the garbage disposal. There's a long list of foods and materials that can harm your pipes and the disposal's blades. Hard materials, grease and fibrous foods also shouldn't be put down your disposal, as they can solidify and even break or obstruct the blades.
You should only use cold water when running your disposal. Hot water can make any fat harden in your pipes and the disposal, causing blockages. However, once you've disposed of food, rinsing the disposal with hot water can help keep it cleaner. You should also flush the disposal with cold water once a week. This can help get rid of food particles and keep your pipes clear.
Like any other part of your home, your garbage disposal should be cleaned on a consistent basis. By putting ice down will knock off debris buildup, putting your blades back to optimal performance. If you notice that your disposal is starting to smell, throw lemon peels, citrus rinds or citrus slices down the disposal. This can help clean the appliance and get rid of bad odors. Check out our step-by-step video to get your sink smelling fresh.
If you're having problems with your garbage disposal, call your local Tacoma Roto-Rooter plumbing expert to identify and fix the issue.