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Is Your Disposal Functioning Properly?

A garbage disposal is a kitchen appliance that makes many household chores less demanding. If not properly used and maintained, it jams, breaks down, clogs drains and causes other plumbing problems. Avoid the inconvenience and expense of a malfunctioning disposal by following these maintenance and operation tips.

Manage What Goes Inside

The best way to ensure the longevity of a Pasadena home garbage disposal is to monitor what goes down the drain.

Each model of disposal has a specific capacity for various objects. Insert the smallest pieces possible to avoid overloading the disposal.

The owner’s manual will provide a list of prohibited materials, such as bones, un-popped popcorn kernels and fruit pits as well as fibrous material like banana peels, celery and coffee grounds.

Items other than food, such as small metal objects, twist ties and utensils can damage the cutting blades or jam the disposal. Also, take care to ensure that dishcloths and sponges do not fall inside.

Run Cold Water

While the unit is operating, run cold water down the disposal as well as for a brief period before and after it is used. After the waste material has left the disposal, it still has to flow through the drainpipe.

The water enables the waste to continue to flow freely. Cold water also helps to keep the bearings, motor and cutting assembly from overheating. Do not use hot water because it can melt grease and fat, which can re-solidify creating a blockage.

How to Clean a Garbage Disposal

Clean the disposal regularly to eliminate odors.

  1. Start an electric kettle or pot to get boiling water.
  2. While that is going, put a half cup of baking soda down the disposal.
  3. Add one cup of white vinegar.
  4. Let the fizzing happen for a couple of minutes.
  5. Pour the boiling water from step 1 down the drain.
  6. Turn cold water on and drop several ice cubes down the drain to help further loosen any grime and particles. While it will not sharpen the cutting blades, the ice improves the performance of the shredders by removing debris that has built up on the blades.
  7. For a fresh smell, drop in a few small pieces of citrus peel. Do not use large pieces as they may jam the disposal. Another option is to make frozen ice and juice cubes by combining water with lemon, lime or orange juice in an ice tray and freezing it.

If the garage disposal jams, do not put your hand inside even when it is turned off. Contact a licensed plumber for this and any other problem associated with your Pasadena home garbage disposal, such as a leak or clogged drain.

Time to get your Pasadena home garbage disposal ready for the holiday season. Call North Brothers Plumbing & Rooter at (626) 507-5155 today.