Having a garbage disposal in your home can make time spent in the kitchen much easier. But it does come with some disadvantages too. The best part of having a disposal is that you can avoid the unwanted smells that linger from the trash. Once you feed the disposal, its gone smell and all. But the garbage disposal can’t handle all foods, in fact some food items will actually ruin your disposal. When this happens, you have no other choice but to repair or replace it. Here are some simple tips and tricks to help you keep your garbage disposal running as smooth as possible at all times.
Grease and Grounds
You may think that the grease and oil you pour in your garbage disposal is going to slide down the garbage disposal with ease and actually help it in some way to keep running more smoothly. However, the fats from the grease can leave a film all over the blades which can make the blades run less effective. In addition, there are grease and oil on foods as well and they can build up in the pipes over time as the food is fed through the system. This grease can eventually cause a clog in the drain.
Coffee grounds are also a common food placed inside the garbage disposal. Coffee grounds can also eliminate odors as well however, over a period of time, these grounds will build up inside the pipes because they do not dissolve in water. Eventually this will cause a back-up in the pipes. You will not only need a plumber but an appliance repair expert in San Diego County.
Fibrous, Stringy and Expandable Foods
Corn husks, leeks, onion skins, asparagus, and carrot peelings are considered fibrous foods and they can become lodged inside and wrap around the blades as they turn. This will cause friction as the blades continue to turn wearing it down faster.
Egg shell membranes can also wrap around the blades if placed down inside the garbage disposal. This can damage blades over time. While it won’t happen with just one egg, you can decrease the chances of this becoming a problem and wrapping around the blades if you simply send some forceful water down before, during, and after you use the garbage disposal. Adding eggs to the compost pile instead may be the best way to handle them.
There are foods that expand when they are cooked, such as rice, pasta, beans, and potato peelings. You want to avoid placing them inside the garbage disposal. Once they go into the garbage disposal, they continue to absorb water and this can eventually cause the disposal to become clogged.
Hard Foods and Non-Food Items
Many garbage disposal owners will try placing hard substances down into the drain in order to clean down inside the walls of the unit. However, doing so may actually cause more damage instead. While placing a small chicken, some egg shells, or even fish bones can be fine, you don’t want to add a pit from a peach, avocados, plums, or even cherries. Any type of stone fruit can cause problems to your unit.
Don’t place plant clippings, cigarette butts, plastic, sponges, paper, and all other non-food items inside your drain. If you don’t eat it, don’t expect your garbage disposal to either.