Your garbage disposal helps you to keep your kitchen clean when you are preparing a meal for your family. It helps to simplify clean-up, so it is important to make sure that you are taking care of it. Thankfully, it does not take a lot of effort to take care of your garbage disposal. What is required is mindfulness as you use it. You should not overburden your garbage disposal, as that can damage the motor or even create a clog in your drain. The steps you need to take are simple. Here are three ways to maintain your garbage disposal.
Use your garbage disposal whenever you do dishes.
You should use your garbage disposal whenever you wash your dishes, and particularly when you are dealing with a full sink. This helps you to make sure that you are emptying your drain of solid waste before it gets too built up. If you do not run your garbage disposal when you wash your dishes, then you run the risk of building up a potential clog in your drain, which can cause your sink to become unsanitary. This can also cause the molding food in your drain to give off unappetizing odors.
Only put small pieces of food down the garbage disposal.
You need to be selective about what you are putting down the drain and into your garbage disposal. The food needs to be small enough for the blades to chop them up and send them down the plumbing. The type of food you put down your drain is also important. Fruits and vegetables can easily be processed by the blades of your garbage disposal, whereas bread cannot easily be chopped up. Bread becomes mushy when it gets wet, and cannot be sent down the drain; it is likely to clump up in the pipes and become a moldy clog.
Run cold water when sending oil and grease down the drain.
Your garbage disposal can help you to process oil and grease that gets sent down the drain. Although you should take care to limit the amount of oil and grease you send down the drain, when you do have some in your sink, then you should run cold water. In cold conditions, oil and grease are solid and can be chopped up by the disposal blades. On the other hand, warm oil and grease are liquid, and can slide down the pipes only to harden and create a clog in the pipes.
If you've been using your garbage disposal but still think you need professional sewer and drain cleaning services, contact a local plumbing company.