When it comes to garbage disposal units, even the smallest issue can turn into a big repair job. In this blog post, we’re going to look at some of the most common garbage disposal issues and offer some solutions on how to avoid them.
Avoid Putting Stringy, Fibrous, or Starchy Waste in the Garbage Disposal
Poultry skins, celery, fruit, and potato peels cannot be sufficiently broken down by any garbage disposal. This can lead to future clogs further down the line. We recommend composting any food scraps according to your local regulations and saving them from ever going into your waste management system.
Rice, Pasta, and Other Starchy Foods Can Block Water Flow Through the Disposal Unit
Did you know that the starch in rice, pasta, and other side dishes can cause your garbage disposal to become blocked? According to experts, these foods cling to the sides of pipes and create a thick paste-like substance that can prevent water from flowing through. If you’re experiencing drainage problems, it might be worth avoiding these starchy foods altogether.
Do Not Pour Fats or Cooking Oils Down the Disposal
Pouring fats or cooking oils down the garbage disposal may seem like an easy way to get rid of them, but it can cause some big problems. When these liquids go down the disposal, they can solidify in pipes and create clogs. In addition, they can also cause problems with your septic system. So instead of pouring them down the drain, save up your cooking oils and fats until you have enough to dispose of them properly. We often recommend putting them in a heat-safe container until they can be disposed of.
The Garbage Disposal Can’t Handle Everything
A common mistake is to assume that the garbage disposal unit can handle anything you put down the drain. This is not the case! Disposal units are designed to grind up small particles of food waste, not larger items such as chicken bones or fruit pits. Putting these items down the drain can damage the blades and cause a clog.
Never Put Your Hand in the Garbage Disposal Unit
This is one of the most common mistakes people make when using a garbage disposal unit. Putting your hand in the unit can cause serious injury if the blades were to start spinning. If you must reach in, be sure to turn off the power first and use a long, sturdy object such as a wooden spoon.
Always Use Cold Water When Running the Garbage Disposal
Always running cold water when using the garbage disposal will prevent problems before they happen. This will help reduce the risk of clogs. Running the garbage with cold water will keep the fats and greases congealed. Congealed fat and grease will go down the drain easier than when it is liquified and sticky.
Turn On The Garbage Disposal Before Using It
Did you know that when using your garbage disposal, you should turn it on before placing any food down it? It can help make sure the disposal unit works properly and doesn’t clog. Once you’re sure the disposal is running, start putting food in it a little bit at a time. Avoid putting in too much at once, as this can clog the disposal.
Clean Your Garbage Disposal with Lemon, Ice, and Dish Soap
An easy way to clean and get rid of odor in your garbage disposal unit is to use lemon peels, ice, and dish soap. Start by adding a few slices of lemon peels then add a cup of ice followed by a tablespoon of dish soap. Turn on the hot water and run the garbage disposal unit. Run the disposal until the unit is clear. This will help with any smells coming from your garbage disposal. You can repeat this process every 6 months to help keep the unit free from any foul odors.