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3 Tips for Your Garbage Disposal Over the Holidays


Garbage disposal systems are dependable, if anything. Few appliances are really there when we need them, like when we’re going on a cleaning binge and you’ve got several dozens of dishes to wash and they’re all covered in food.

In moments like those, your garbage disposal is going to be your best friend, and it could be the difference between 10 minutes spent with your family before bedtime, and two hours.

Luckily, it takes a lot for a garbage disposal to run into problems. They’re not invulnerable, but they’re pretty strong when compared to other delicate appliances that seem to break down whenever they get bumped or bruised. This blog is going to be all about ways to help your garbage disposal in Downs, IL so that you get the most out of it this holiday season.

And remember, if all else fails, be sure to contact our team of professionals to learn more about how to get your garbage disposal back up and running.

1. Use a Mesh Screen and Protect Your Drain

Mesh screens can be extremely helpful when working with a garbage disposal. We know that a garbage disposal is supposed to grind up any food waste that might make its way into your drain, but the truth is that sometimes bad materials might gunk up the system because they’re flushed down the drain alongside good materials.

Fruit pits, for example, are not designed for your garbage disposal and can break it. So, allow any hard materials like fruit pits to get caught in the mesh screen so that you can throw them out. Then, anything else that you can’t grab and toss in the trash will be destroyed via the garbage disposal.

2. Best Practices Are Always Important

Do you keep coffee grounds out of your garbage disposal? If not then you should start tossing them into the compost or trash instead. Coffee grounds and other materials can be bad for your drain, as they go down easily but end up smashing together in a kind of gel that can easily clog up your garbage disposal and the drain.

Also, be sure to add some ground rules with your family about how to operate the garbage disposal. Most system breakdowns we get alerted to are from family members putting toys and other small objects like marbles down the drain, only for them to break apart the blades of the garbage disposal as it then requires repairs.

3. Invest in Yearly Maintenance and Timely Repairs

Maintenance and repairs will go a long way in ensuring a garbage disposal stays in good shape.

Yearly maintenance can let a professional check the system, make minor adjustments and improvements, and even replace certain components so that it works for the next year.

Repairs should be called for once you notice something wrong. If the garbage disposal won’t run, or if it is making strange noises, then you’re better off contacting our team for a fast fix.

Contact the pipe and garbage disposal pros at Pipeworks Inc.

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