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Care and Feeding of Garbage Disposals

If you have one or more garbage disposals, you know they’re a convenient kitchen feature, but did you know it is also an intricate part of your plumbing system? While they make food cleanup a lot easier, avoid nasty odors, drain clogs, and malfunctioning with these steps:

  • Always use cold water to avoid liquifying any grease in the disposal.
  • Never pour grease intentionally down any drain, including your disposal or you’re in for clogs!
  • Don’t grind very fibrous materials, bones or egg shells as they will wear out the motor, damage the disposal, and block drains.
  • Don’t put large amounts of any food down the disposal, add waste gradually.
  • Always run your disposal regularly, never let food waste sit in the disposal.

Clean your garbage disposals regularly by pouring 3-4 tablespoons of Borax down the drain and let it sit a few hours. Without running the disposal, flush the Borax away with hot water as a natural sanitizer and cleanser.

Garbage disposals are hooked up directly to your plumbing, and components are complicated and dangerous. If your disposal is not working properly – or not working at all – call a professional plumber.

Here are some more tips on keeping your garbage disposal clean!