In modern times, one invention that has become a staple in almost every house across the United States is a garbage disposal. Garbage disposals are a great addition to any kitchen, as they can break up pieces of food that are better off going down the drain, rather than going into the trash where they will sit and stink up the room for days to come. With that being said, anyone who has experienced a malfunctioning garbage disposal knows how big of a hassle it can become on convenience and comfort.

Often times, garbage disposals break down because the homeowner doesn’t know how to properly use it, or they don’t take the time to make sure that it is properly cared for. In this post, we will be going over some ways to take care of your garbage disposal in order to protect it for years to come.

Security Plumbing & Heating is a preferred service provider in the Denver area. From residential to commercial plumbing issues, we can help address many issues that may plague your property and surrounding areas. Read on to learn more about how to protect your home’s garbage disposal, and be sure to contact us with any issues that may be out of your control.

Garbage Disposal: Do’s

Clear The Drain:

One thing that often prevents the garbage disposal from working properly is the fact that it is not cleared out regularly, causing build-up and clogging that can prevent the disposal motor from being able to turn and grind up waste. With tools like a snake (a large pipe cleaner), you can clear these pipes out once every two years to prevent clogs and keep the entire sink in proper working fashion. Because it is a task that is so infrequent, it is easy, not time-consuming, and effective to handle on your own accord without the assistance of a plumber.

Use Cold Water When Running The Garbage Disposal:

This is one of the main things that typical residents are unaware of, and what leads to the most cases of garbage disposal malfunctioning. Using cold water in the garbage disposal is important in the proper use of a garbage disposal, as it allows the food to harden up and become susceptible to breaking down. When hot water is used instead of cold water, the fat from foods does not grind up and instead begins to stick onto the blades of the disposal. This causes excess build-up over time, and will eventually lead to malfunctioning. Maintaining a steady stream of cold water throughout the process will promote a healthy sink. It is also important to keep the cold water running for at least 15 seconds after the disposal has finished running, to allow the remainder of the waste contents to wash through the full plumbing system. The final benefit of using cold water as opposed to hot water is that cold water will keep the entire system cool, to prevent overheating of the unit.

Clean The Disposal With De-Greaser:

Using a de-greaser to flush out the piping systems occasionally will prevent fat from building up. This will cause the unit to not produce a stench and will promote the efficiency of the device over the years.

Use Citrus To Freshen Up The System:

Grinding up lime or lemon peels in the disposal after using the items will help keep the system smelling nice and fresh. Using these natural products in the garbage disposal will also promote natural acidity in the system which will hinder the growth of bacteria in your pipes.

Garbage Disposal: Don’ts

Hot Water While Using The Garbage Disposal:

Again, it is strongly discouraged to use hot water in the sink while the garbage disposal is in use. This promotes all of the activities that you are trying to prevent (fat congelation, stench, and unit malfunction.)

Running Certain Foods Down The Garbage Disposal:

Disposal of certain food types can clog the system and not breakdown in the proper fashion that you are trying to obtain. Some of these food types include grease, fat, pasta, and fibrous foods. These materials will clog the drain regardless of a disposal, and if they are run through the disposal system, they can cause the whole unit to break down. Celery, potato skins, and the infamous pasta are notoriously known to clog garbage disposals, so it is best to avoid it completely!

Disposing All Waste At Once:

If you have a lot of food products that you are trying to dispose of, it is best to gradually dispose of it as you see it go down. Putting too much waste in the drain at one time can promote clogging and congelation of the food mass that is stuck in the disposal.

Using Harsh Cleaning Chemicals:

These can increase the risk to you, your home’s plumbing system, and the environment as a whole. It is best to avoid these types of chemicals altogether, especially in this scenario.

Grinding Non-Food Items:

This device is purely meant to break down food particles. Any paper towels, plastics, and non-edible materials should be avoided in going down the drain, as it will cause detrimental shortage to the lifespan of your unit.

Maintaining Your Garbage Disposal’s Integrity With Security Plumbing & Heating

If you are in the Denver area and are experiencing garbage disposal issues that have not been prevented or fixed from the tips laid out in this blog, be sure to utilize our services to get your plumbing and disposal systems back to proper working order. Call us today to see how we can help!