Jams and Clogging – When you send something down your garbage disposal which you shouldn’t, or if you send too much food down it, the device will jam up. It’s something that happens very commonly and all you will need to do press the reset button on your garbage disposal. If this doesn’t work, then you will need to go in and dislodge the clog. You can reach down into your drain by using a broom handle or needle-nosed pliers and remove any organic waste materials.
If this sounds like a lot of trouble, then you should avoid installing a garbage disposal. Jams and clogs are going to happen no matter how much effort you put into maintaining and preserving your garbage disposal. Garbage disposals are also very tricky to repair, and if one of the components is no longer functional, then you may have to replace the entire thing.
Careful Handling – Many of us assume that we can dump a bunch of food down our garbage disposal and nothing bad will come of it. However, in addition to moderating the amount of food you put into your garbage disposal, you will also need to avoid sending certain foods down it as well. This include:
- Foods that are fatty and contain a lot of oil, cream or grease
- Starchy foods, including rice, pasta and beans
- Solid waste materials, including bones, fruit pits, and seafood shells
- Fibrous foods, including banana peels, potato peels, celery and carrots
As you can already tell, there are quite a few food items that you can’t send down your garbage disposal. For many people, this can defeat the purpose of having a garbage disposal in the first place. We want to mention, however, that sending trace amounts of pasta down your garbage disposal won’t make a huge difference. You also don’t want to do this too often either, because a clog will eventually occur.
The way you use your disposal is also important. Turn on your faucet and allow cold water to run down your garbage disposal and let it run as you are using the device. Dispose of the food in gradual amounts – don’t jam everything in there at one time. Once you are done, let the water run for another 20 seconds before shutting it off. This will flush out every remaining food particle in your system.
Regular Maintenance – For being a small and simple device, your garbage disposal requires a lot of attention. There are always lingering food particles that you will need to remove every once and a while. Turn off the power to your garbage disposal and clean it out at least once a week. Use a brush to scrub out the inside of the disposal and you can keep your disposal fresh by grinding up ice cubes made of vinegar in between cleanings every week.
If you are still unsure of what to do, then you can always contact one of our technicians. They can answer all of your questions and provide you with detailed information on the benefits of installing a garbage disposal.