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How To Keep Your Garbage Disposal Clear & Working Well

Working garbage disposal

Did you know your garbage disposal needs a little maintenance from time to time? Our Altadena plumbers can honestly say it's much better to have a super-sharp garbage disposal which easily grinds up leftovers than it is to keep having drain clogs.

There's nothing worse than seeing all that rotting gunk forced back up into the sink, especially when you just need to finish washing the dishes! Fortunately, there are ways you can prevent this problem.

Caring for your garbage disposal is easy. If you can keep it clear and watch what you put down the drain, you'll only have to call an Altadena plumber if there's ever a problem. Here's how to keep your garbage disposal clear and working well.

Watch What You Put Down The Drain

Premium garbage disposals will shred through just about any type of leftovers, but most Altadena homeowners have to watch what they put down the garbage disposal drain. The older your garbage disposal is, the more careful you need to be about what you put down the drain.

Fats, oils, and grease cause significant problems to your drain pipes as well as your garbage disposal. Be sure you don't put any of the following items down the drain or else they'll eventually cause sink clogs and backups.

  • Fruit peels or potato peels
  • Coffee grounds
  • Eggshells
  • Seeds or fruit pits
  • Corn husks or cobs
  • Seafood shells
  • Unpopped popcorn kernels
  • Grease, melted fat, or oil
  • Stringy veggies like celery
  • Bones of any kind
  • Chicken skins
  • Any non-food items

Clean The Garbage Disposal

As your garbage disposal gets old, drain clogs and sink backups will happen more often. Cleaning your garbage disposal helps to remove drain odors and improves the function of the appliance. The first thing to do anytime you mess with a garbage disposal is to turn it off and make sure no one else can turn it on while your back is turned. You can shut off the breaker to the kitchen if you want.

Cleaning the garbage disposal is as simple as putting ice down inside and turning on the water and then the disposer. Our Altadena plumbers suggest you do this at least once a month and watch what you put down the drain to keep your garbage disposal in good shape. Fruit peels shouldn't be used if your garbage disposal is already having problems.

Alternatively, you can purchase a dish brush with stiff bristles to scrub the inside of the disposal with a solution of dish soap and a little warm water or a solution of vinegar, salt, baking soda, and water.

Get Drain Cleaning Service For The Kitchen

Keeping the kitchen sewer pipes clean is important if you have hard water or are already experiencing clogs. Fat, oil, and grease will re-congeal further down the pipe. Hard water sediments can build up inside the pipes to where barely a trickle of water can get through. Sometimes the problem is tree roots growing into the lines!

Drain cleaning is a service provided by a professional plumber like ours in Altadena at North Brothers Plumbing & Rooter. We use drain cleaning methods to remove clogs or to remove the limescale buildup inside your kitchen drain pipes. By keeping your sewer pipes clear, your garbage disposal won't have to work so hard to force the ground-up leftovers down the pipes.

If you're looking for an Altadena plumber who specializes in garbage disposals, call North Brothers Plumbing & Rooter at 626-394-9641 or complete our online request form.