Welcome to another guest post! This post features three steps that you can take to help maintain your garbage disposal. This year is the first time I have ever lived with a garbage disposal, so it’s great to learn some tips on how to take care of it. As a renter, I would of course love to get back my deposit when I move out, so I try and keep this in good shape! If you would like to submit a guest post, please learn more here.
Maintaining your garbage disposal can save valuable money on repairs and prevent certain issues such as clogging or broken blades. However, most homeowners and renters may only know the basic steps of maintaining a garbage disposal. They may assume that by using garbage disposal cleaning packets once a month, that they have maintained their garbage disposal. This is a common misconception. There are certain steps that you should take to maintain your garbage disposal. These steps should be done in addition to regular garbage disposal cleansing packs. The following are three steps that will help you maintain your garbage disposal and avoid costly repairs. Continue on to read these 3 steps!
Avoid Hard Items
One of the first and most valuable maintenance steps of maintaining a garbage disposal is to avoid hard food items in the garbage disposal. These hard objects can actually jam the blades, break the blades and break off rotating parts in the system. If this happens you may be looking at very costly repairs to replace the blades or replace the entire garbage disposal system. In order to make sure that you are avoiding items that are too hard to be placed in a garbage disposal make sure that you check the items as they go into the disposal. You should avoid placing anything in the garbage disposal that has a hard shell such as crabs, shellfish, unpopped popcorn kernels, chicken bones, roast bones, poultry bones and fish bones. All of these items can actually cause severe damaging effects to the garbage disposal and should not be placed in a garbage disposal. They also will not break down properly causing clogs and odors from the garbage disposal.
Make sure you’re using a garbage disposal strainer when you first place items into the disposal. If you’re not using a strainer make sure the strainer is in place during times the garbage disposal is not in use. The reason for this, is to avoid items like spoons, knives, plastics and foreign objects falling into the garbage disposal that may go unnoticed. If these items on the garbage disposal and food is placed on top of them they can cause a severe clog or damage to the garbage disposal itself. There are special strainers for garbage disposals that can help avoid larger items such as bones, silverware, plastic or odd shaped foreign objects like bread ties from falling into the garbage disposal and clogging up the blades. Straining mats may also be used in the sink to avoid silverware from falling into the garbage disposal unnoticed.
Make sure that you are regularly cleaning your garbage disposal. This does not limit the cleaning products to garbage disposal cleaning packets. At least once a week, run a one part bleach and six parts water solution through the garbage disposal. Allow the solution to stand for at least 10 min. to break up any foreign particles and clean up any odor that may be trapped in the garbage disposal. This will also clean out sludge and any other build up with in the garbage disposal run the blades are the working parts of disposal itself. This is an incredibly important part of maintaining your garbage disposal and avoiding any type of costly repair or issue that may come up from sludge build up or particle buildup.
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About the Author: James is a HVAC consultant living at California, working for Air Quality. He is also a professional blogger writing on home improvement topics.