Garbage disposals are designed to be able to cope with a lot. However, if you don’t treat your garbage disposal properly, you will have to replace it much sooner than you would have otherwise. Fortunately, our experts have outlined a few great tips for keeping your garbage disposal up and running for as long as possible. Read on to learn how to protect your garbage disposal investment.
Avoid Certain Materials
Just because the disposal is able to chop up a lot of different kinds of food waste, doesn’t mean it’s able to handle anything and everything. There are certain kinds of materials that you should never put down your disposal, because they have the potential to severely damage the system or hinder its operation.
For example, FOG (fats, oils, and grease) are all common byproducts of cooking that are often poured into the drain after use. Don’t ever do that! Though FOG is often in liquid form when it’s poured into the drain, it congeals when it cools. This causes it to stick to the blades of the disposal, and the walls of the chamber, and the walls of the pipe. In short: it gums up the entire device and makes it less effective.
You should also avoid putting fibrous materials like celery into the disposal, as they can tangle up the impeller blades. Hard objects like fruit pits, bones, and ice should also be thrown away, rather than put into the disposal. Avoiding exposing your disposal to these harmful materials will go a long way towards extending the system’s effective lifespan.
Even if you are very careful about what you actually put down the disposal, you can expect a fair amount of wear and tear to naturally accumulate on the system over time. In order to cope with that wear and tear, it’s a good idea to have a professional plumber conduct preventive maintenance on your garbage disposal at least once every couple of years.
You don’t need to do this nearly as often as, say, your air conditioner or your heater. That’s mainly because those systems are used much more heavily during their respective seasons than your garbage disposal is. Still, it’s not a bad idea at all to have a professional plumber check out your disposal to make sure that it’s working properly every once in a while.
Call For Repairs if You Have To
If a problem comes up with your garbage disposal, you shouldn’t wait for your next maintenance appointment to have it dealt with. Strange noises, clogs, apparent failure to dispose of waste properly are all warning signs that you should have your system checked out as quickly as possible. If you wait to have someone check out your disposal, you run the risk of it breaking down entirely. So, make sure that you call for repairs as soon as you suspect a problem.