Owning a garbage disposal can help you keep your kitchen looking and smelling clean. They’re also a good way to live a green lifestyle, as they can help reduce the garbage you produce. However, owning a garbage disposal means having to keep it maintained to keep it from breaking down and making your kitchen smell bad. Fortunately, we can provide some tips to help you get the most out of your garbage disposal maintenance.
Here are five ways you can improve your garbage disposal maintenance:
Clean the inside
The inside of your garbage disposal is a major part of its health. Give it regular cleaning by pouring a mix of baking soda and vinegar down the drain to keep the pipes clean. Dish soap and cold water can also work if you have the garbage disposal running and keep running the water for a minute.
Frequently use it with cold water
Using the garbage disposal often can help keep it from getting rusty, ensure all the parts are working right, and clear potential obstructions. Also, whenever you use the garbage disposal, run the cold water as well. The cold water helps solidify any oils and grease that could otherwise clog your drain.
Chop up bigger garbage yourself
As sharp as the garbage disposal’s blades are, they have trouble cutting up bigger pieces of trash. That’s why you should cut them up yourself before putting them down the disposal. Doing this can help prevent potential clogs. Also, put bigger bits of garbage down the disposal one at a time to ensure the system can handle it.
Only dispose of biodegradable food
The garbage disposal is made to easily handle only a specific type of garbage. Biodegradable food, like meat and carrots, are is what it was made to cut. Be warned that certain biodegradable foods are still bad for the garbage disposal. Some of them include:
- Celery and other fibrous foods
- Excess grease and oils
- Potato peels and other starchy foods
- Coffee grounds and other foods that make lots of sediment
- Pasta and rice
- Fruit pits
- Bones and other solid trash
Keep your hand out
Even when the garbage disposal has a clog in it, you shouldn’t try to dislodge it with your hand. If you get the clog out, the sudden release of tension can make the blades spin and cut you. Use something like a pair of tongs, instead. If the clog is stubborn and won’t dislodge, you can always call the experts at McHale’s.
Why call McHale’s to help with my plumbing?
McHales, Inc. is a client-focused home service company that strives to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction. John Sr. and Anna May McHale started the family business in 1950. Since that time we’ve provided our customers with prompt, dependable service at a reasonable cost. We use quality materials installed by skilled, courteous craftsmen. Now we are into our third generation in the business and we are still following John Sr.’s very simple philosophy ” We do what we say we’re going to do!”. That philosophy is still the backbone of the company today. Call today to learn how McHale’s can keep your plumbing running!