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At your disposal: Dos and don’ts of Cleaning out your Garbage Disposal

At this time of the year, we usually receive a lot of service calls regarding garbage disposals. This happens because, during Christmas and New Year’s parties, large batches of food are cooked and consumed, forcing plumbing systems to work overtime.

One fixture people often neglect during this time is their garbage disposals. Throwing the wrong items down the disposal and neglecting maintenance schedules causes plumbing problems that can cost quite a lot of money to fix.

As with everything, the best way to prevent plumbing problems in your garbage disposal is to learn some tips to take care of it. Here are some tips we recommend for cleaning out your garbage disposal:

Avoid Putting These Items Down A Garbage Disposal:

Your garbage disposal will differ from others, and some are more sensitive and unable to handle items. However, no matter how strong your disposal system is, you should never put things like glass, metal, plastic, or paper inside. These can cause serious damage to your plumbing.

Make sure you don’t pour greasy substances like oil or fat down the drain either, and place them in a metal or glass container before throwing them in the trash. Stringy or fibrous vegetables can also get caught in your disposal and clog it.

Plumbers are divided on whether you should dispose eggshells and coffee grounds down the garbage disposal; we say it’s best you avoid it. If you need to throw them, make sure these items are in small quantities, so it doesn’t clog the drains.

Cleaning With a Sponge:

Turn off the power on your disposal and unplug it before using an abrasive sponge and dish soap to scrub under the baffle and on top of the grinding chamber. Rinse the sponge frequently to get rid of all the gunk.

Cleaning With Baking Soda and Vinegar:

You can make homemade disposal and drain cleaner with ½ cup of baking soda and ½ cup vinegar. Pour each item separately down the disposal and cover with the sink stopper.

After the mixture has fizzed, remove the stopper and pour hot water down the running disposal. Repeat a few times if needed.

Freshening It Up:

If your disposal has a bad odor, use citrus peels to deodorize the area, or use a solution with two parts warm water and one part bleach and pour it down the drain, followed by warm water for a few seconds.

If your garbage disposal still smells funky, it is best to ask your local plumbing company to look at it. Your One Plumber is a plumbing company in Columbia that provides all kinds of kitchen plumbing and maintenance. Contact us here or call us at 1 (888) 540 7586 to book your appointment today.

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