An entire orange going down a garbage disposal

Garbage DisposalYour garbage disposal is an important part of your kitchen. Not everything on your plate is going to be eaten at every meal, and it is important to make sure that your garbage disposal is in working order. Failure to keep your disposal well-maintained will not only lead to a foul-smelling kitchen but also a broken garbage disposal in need of repair by a local plumber.

1. Keeping Your Disposal Smelling Fresh

Citrus is always a great way to make pretty much anything smell good. Your garbage disposal is also a great place to utilize this great smelling tip. By cutting up some lemons into small pieces and tossing them into your grinding disposal, you can neutralize bad smells in a fast and inexpensive manner.

Also, grinding up large chunks of ice cubes with half a cup of kosher salt helps remove unwanted residue from your blades that can be the culprit of some pretty bad smells.

2. Clean to Prevent Garbage Disposal Repair

To make sure that your disposal is always properly cleaned, purchase a specialist garbage disposal cleaner and use as directed. We do not recommend using regular drain cleaners because they will corrode the inside of your unit and drastically shorten its life.

3. Always Run Your Water Cold

People always see hot water as the way to clean things. In the case of your garbage disposal, you want to use cold water with your unit. Hot water has the ability to melt the food your disposal is working on grinding and creates waste that clings to the sides and blades of your machine.

By using cold water, you are hardening the food and making it easier to grind up and push through your kitchen pipes.

4. Cut Waste Up Before-Hand

This may seem like an unnecessary extra step, but you need to keep in mind that your garbage disposal is not an indestructible machine. It is really only so powerful. Cut your waste up into smaller chunks and feed it into your machine a bit at a time. This will prolong the lifespan of your garbage disposal and help prevent any undesired plumbing repairs or problems with kitchen renovations due to backed up pipes.

5. Know What Not to Feed Your Garbage Disposal

Likewise, knowing what to avoid putting in your garbage disposal will help prolong its life. Your unit can’t handle everything that you throw at it. Certain foods and materials will ruin your disposal completely. These include:

  • Potato peels
  • Glass, plastic, and paper
  • Bones, seeds, pits
  • Pasta and rice
  • Pasta water

Get Your Garbage Disposal Repaired with Plumbing Dynamics

If you have a foul smell that you can’t get out of your garbage disposal or have a unit that is completely broken, we can help. Plumbing Dynamics is experienced with garbage disposal repair, clogged kitchen pipes, and more. Our services don’t end in the kitchen, we are happy to help you with any of your home plumbing repairs. Give us a call today to find out more about our services and how we can have your pipes flowing throughout 2018.