How to Maintain Your Garbage Disposal

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A standard feature in most modern homes and apartments is a garbage disposal. Unfortunately, these handy features are prone to breaking down or just not working in general. Our garbage disposal repair and sink repair services are frequently needed by homeowners who can’t fix them without professional help. To keep your disposal working here are a few do’s and don’ts for maintaining your garbage disposal.

Don’t Do DIY Fixes

Trying to fix your own garbage disposal without the right tools or training is really difficult. Nonetheless, we’ve come to many homes and businesses in which someone who thought they knew what they were doing tried to fix the disposal and couldn’t. Most of the time, their DIY fixes end up making the problem worse and costing more money to fix. Garbage disposals are cheaper to repair when the problem is fixed by a professional.

Don’t Misuse the Disposal

Most garbage disposals can take a fair amount of abuse, however at a certain point they break down from misuse. Disposals are used to break down leftover food, not to break down entire meals. Our residential plumbing repairs often involve removing build up of food in garbage disposals. Be gentle with your disposal and think twice before throwing anything down the sink drain to avoid expensive repairs. A few things to avoid putting down your disposal:

  • Eggshells
  • Coffee grounds
  • Fibrous foods
  • Bones
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Rubber

Do Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance on any household appliance is important if you want it to last a long time. Taking the time to have a plumber come to your home or business and regularly clean out your disposal will make it last that much longer.

You might also consider having the pipes under your sink checked for leaks. Catching problems before they become worse saves time and money. We also recommend having your water heater serviced every year. Water heaters that aren’t working properly cost you more money to run then you might realize.

Call a Professional Plumber

When the repair is too big to handle, you need a trained professional. At Plumbing Dynamics, our certified plumbers will fix your garbage disposal quickly and efficiently. We value customers like you and do our best to provide great customer service. Get in touch with us today to schedule your repair!

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