Although the garbage disposal is a common household amenity, it was once only a luxury for certain households and mainly found in North America. Since 2009, approximately 50 percent of U.S. homes have garbage disposals, as opposed to six percent in the U.K. The durable product still needs proper garbage disposal maintenance and care to ensure that it lasts for many years.
Many people consult with our company, Service One Air Conditioning, after improperly caring for their disposal and needing assistance with problems that are easily avoidable.
Keep Blades Sharp
Similar to knives and scissors, the blades in garbage disposals often become dull after grinding food bits after a period of time. It’s important to insert a handful of ice cubes into the unit to ensure that the blades are easily sharpened without having to be replaced. This should be done every three months.
Keep it Clean
One of the main causes for garbage disposal repair is due to improper cleaning, making it crucial to pour a mixture of vinegar and baking soda to remove residue or gunk that has built up over the past few months. This will also help it to stay fresh and clean without acquiring smells.
To remove grease or grime that has become stuck in the unit, run cold water instead of hot water down the garbage disposal, which will also unclog particles and prevent plumbing repair.
Avoid Disposing Tough Products
Garbage disposals are extremely powerful, but are not made to crush and grind certain food particles or products. Corn husks, plastic, glass, artichokes, celery strings, carrots, and potato peels should all be avoided.
Similarly, grease should never be disposed of down the garbage disposal, along with expandable foods and fruits or vegetables with tough skin.
Should the disposal become slower in speed and appear clogged, avoid trying to diagnose and fix the problem, instead calling a Longwood plumbing company to avoid further damage.
When plumbing issues with the garbage disposal, it’s important to consult with our services and call (407) 439-2144 for a Service One Air Conditioning professional to diagnose the problem and repair it in a timely manner.