Food Waste Disposal
- Sanitation: Food waste can clutter your kitchen and make dinner an unsightly mess. With a quality garbage disposal, cleaning up after meals is a breeze.
- Durability: Our premium garbage disposals are guaranteed to last. Bones, fruit rinds, and coffee grounds will all go down the drain safely.
- Convenience: Our units have a compact design that makes them easy to install, minimally intrusive, and simple to maintain.
Garbage Disposal Maintenance Tips – Garbage Disposal Do’s and Don’ts
Your garbage disposal in an indispensable tool in your kitchen. We here at Earl’s Plumbing have rounded up our top Do’s and Don’ts to help maintain and prolong the life of your garbage disposal.
Garbage Disposal Maintenance Tips
- Do Keep your garbage disposal clean. After washing dishes, pour a little bit of dish soap into your garbage disposal and run the unit for up to a minute with cold water. Also, acids contained within citrus fruits act as a natural cleaning agent, so consider throwing a few peels down(not too many at a time though) into your garbage disposal to naturally clean and deodorize.
- Do Keep a constant COLD stream of water running before, during, and after using your garbage disposal. Hot water tends to liquefy fats and grease, which will then cool and coagulate on the inside of your home’s plumbing, which can lead to costly repairs
- Do feed your garbage disposal slowly. Overloading your garbage disposal can result in jams which can burn out the motor, trip the reset breaker, or worse. Feeding items slowly will ensure that waste items are sufficiently ground and are able to pass through the drains without any issues
- DON’T put grease or fats into the garbage disposal. Fats and grease are not water soluble and can accumulate on the interior walls of your home drain piping, leading to slow or completely blocked drains.
- DON’T grind hard items such as plastics, metals, glass, large bones, pits.
- DON’T put fibrous items into your garbage disposal. These fibers can act like wrap around moving parts and ultimately jamming your disposal. Avoid items such as artichokes, onions skins, corn husks, celery stalks, chard, kale, asparagus, etc.
- DON’T put anything that is not biodegradable down your disposal
- DON’T put items with a high starch count down your disposal. Items containing a lot of starch expand when exposed to liquid. Think of when you boil pasta. The starches in the pasta absorb water and expand in volume. The same thing can happen to starches introduced into your drains, eventually expanding and clogging them. Items include pastas, rice, etc.
- DON’T EVER PUT YOUR HAND DOWN INTO YOUR GARBAGE DISPOSAL TO UNJAM IT. If your garbage disposal does jam we recommend calling a professional. If you insist on servicing it yourself, unplug the unit or switch of the circuit breaker to the unit and use a flashlight and a pair of long needle noise pliers to pull out debris.