Problem Prevention Guide for Garbage Disposals

Garbage disposals protect plumbing because they grind up the food waste nearly everyone mistakenly rinses down their drains. Too often homeowners rinse off plates and bowls while they still contain large food scraps. The food may seem to wash down the drain easily, but large pieces can stick to the sides and build up to a clog over time. The smaller particles that go through the disposal will rinse away easily and prevent slow or backed up drains. Some reminders can help homeowners to enable their garbage disposal to work effectively and last longer.

Keep Grease Away

Grease will coagulate and cling to the pipes of a garbage disposal as easily as they will any other plumbing pipes. The sticky substance can collect other types of food debris that will decay. It becomes a race to see if a clogged pipe or the unpleasant odor becomes the first problem. Never introduce any grease to a drain. Either pour the grease into a container to throw out while it is still hot enough to be in liquid form or allow it to solidify and scrape it into a garbage bag.

Store Utensils Elsewhere

Metal utensils may cause the blades to become jammed in place. The scary fact is that once the utensil comes out the blades may spin free and cause an injury even if the disposal is off. Create a family rule that no one can place utensils in the garbage disposal side of the sink.

Avoid Certain Foods

Avoid the introduction to the disposal of large pieces of food or bone, the skins of fruits and vegetables, and coffee grinds, or rice and pasta. Rice and pasta absorb moisture and continue to swell up larger. Even when passed through the disposal they can become a problem. Coffee grounds also clog pipes, and vegetable skins can wrap around the blades.

Prevent Other Mistakes

Manufacturers design garbage disposals only for food products, so keep everything else away. Damage to the disposal by napkins or other products could void any warranties. Be careful with cleaning chemicals too because harsh chemicals could damage the unit.

When simple solutions do not work or the disposal will not turn on, it is time to call a scottsdale plumber. Always check to see if the unit has power. Reset the breaker, press the reset button on the motor, and inspect under the sink to be certain the unit is plugged in. Make a call to the plumbing service if these steps fail to produce a positive result.