Be careful with your garbage disposal
A garbage disposal is an excellent appliance if you use it properly. If you do not, it can end up becoming useless or a nuisance. Fortunately, it is easy to get the hang of a garbage disposal. What it comes down to is an understanding of what goes in it, what should stay out––and how often. While a garbage disposal is a fairly intuitive mechanism, improper usage will lead to very complicated or else stubborn plumbing difficulties.
Your garbage disposal is not a garbage
The first thing you should keep in mind is that a garbage disposal isn’t a garbage. Instead, a garbage disposal is used for grinding food waste into lesser pieces that will not clog a drain. If you reserve the disposal for small bits of biodegradable food, you’re well on your way to maintaining a healthy garbage disposal. Although clogged pipes and dysfunctional disposals are expensive in repair, the practices for keeping them alive and well are easy.
Is it harmful for a motor or a blade?
When you consider what is going to be put in the disposal, think of whether it will cause problems for either the motor or the blade, which are the most consequential pieces of the design. We could go through every item known to mankind and say whether it is acceptably fed to a disposal or not. Instead, we’ll identify some central irritants as well as practices for making certain your disposal is around for the long haul.
Only insert biodegradable food in your garbage disposal
As mentioned, only biodegradable food is meant to be put into a garbage disposal. If you don’t know whether you are managing biodegradable food, look it up online. Don’t estimate whether something is or isn’t one thing or another; you may have gotten by dropping anything into the disposal, but damage accumulates and it only takes one issue to derail your meal. It is especially problematic if you are hosting a lot of people and won’t get by without the disposal.
Use cold water in a garbage disposal
If you are grinding food waste, only do so with cold water. In fact, always use a generous flow of cold water in order to solidify and break up any grease or oil in the system. Moreover, run the disposal regularly, using dish soap and cold water after cleaning dishes. You may even run it with cold water alone. This regularity will discourage corrosion and rust, while guiding any lingering detritus and solution into the drain and away from the disposal.
What you should not put in a garbage disposal
Stuff you should not put in a garbage disposal:
- potato or onion skins
- banana peels
- big bones
- fruit pits
- corn husks
- asparagus, celery or other stringy vegetables
- shrimp shells
- cigarette butts
- coffee filters
How to clean a garbage disposal
Never put an unprotected arm in the disposal. You are asking for an immediate voyage to your local hospital and a lengthy stay. There are several ways to clean your garbage disposal, including citrus rinds, ice cubes––or vinegar frozen as such (sharpen blades), and Borax. You can even drop a bit of baking soda in, leaving it for a few hours before letting water in. Avoid chemicals that will dull your blades and irritate the pipes.
How to fix a garbage disposal
In the event you need to retrieve or move something in a disposal, do not––again––use a finger. Instead, bring in a utensil with a bit of reach, such as needle nose pliers or even chopsticks. Before you do anything, turn off the electricity for the disposal. Disconnect it entirely. Be sure that, if your disposal appears broken, it isn’t a matter of resetting. Also, inasmuch as you turn it off, make sure you are getting power when it is meant to be on.