Considering what garbage disposals are used for, it can be tempting to think of them as near-invincible appliances. Unfortunately, disposals are just as susceptible to developing problems as any other system. If you don’t take certain steps to protect your disposal, you may end up having to replace it years sooner than you otherwise would. Fortunately, you can make sure that your garbage disposal stays in good shape by following the tips below.
Avoid Putting Certain Materials in the Disposal
There are certain materials which the disposal is really not meant to deal with, if you want it to stay in good condition. Unfortunately, these materials are often put into the disposal by homeowners who are unaware of the kind of damage they’re doing. For example, FOG (Fats, Oils, and Grease) is often poured into the disposal after being used in food preparation. The problem is that, although FOG is liquid when heated, it will congeal into a semi-viscous fluid as it cools. This sticks to the disposal walls, and gums up the drain line connecting the disposal to the sewer system. It’s best to throw FOG away instead.
Very hard materials like ice, bones, and large fruit pits are also best left out of the disposal. These materials can break the impellers in the disposal, preventing it from breaking food down as easily. Finally, you shouldn’t put any really fibrous foods like celery into the disposal. This is because garbage disposals don’t cut food waste in into smaller pieces. Rather, they use blunt impeller blades to chop the food waste into smaller bits. Fibrous food waste like celery can actually tangle the disposal impellers, immobilizing them and causing the motor to eventually overheat.
Schedule Preventive Maintenance
Okay, so you carefully avoid putting any of the aforementioned materials into your garbage disposal. Everything is good, right? Your garbage disposal will never develop problems, right? Wrong. You can still take steps to ensure that your garbage disposal is in top condition for as long as possible. Namely, you can schedule preventive maintenance for it.
As is the case with most home appliances, a lot of the issues that can afflict garbage disposals do not announce themselves with obvious symptoms. It’s best to catch any problems that might be developing with the garbage disposal early, long before they develop far enough to cause serious issues for the system. For that, you need to schedule preventive maintenance.
Preventive maintenance offers your disposal technician the opportunity to find and fix any issues with the disposal before they become too serious. You don’t have to schedule disposal maintenance once a year, as you would have to with other home appliances. However, it’s probably a good idea to have a professional check out your disposal at least once every two or three years. That should be more than enough frequency to keep your garbage disposal operating properly.
Pipeworks Inc. provides a full range of garbage disposal repair and maintenance services throughout Bloomington, IL. If you need your garbage disposal looked at, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experts.