Thank goodness for the garbage disposal. Can you imagine your life without this appliance? The convenience of the disposal makes clearing away do much less hassle. When the appliance is running correctly, it's a fantastic time-saving appliance that everyone loves.
However, like every other appliance in the kitchen, the disposal eventually starts showing signs of wear and tear. After a few years or decades of use, it will finally pack up and start causing issues.
If you want to get the best service life possible from your disposal, keep it in good shape with the right maintenance. Yes, that's right, you must maintain the appliance unless you want it to start giving your problems prematurely.
It's important to note that the manufacturer's warranty you get with the appliance doesn't cover wear and tear on the machine's parts. Therefore, if you burn out the disposal, don't expect the manufacturer to offer you a replacement.
We spoke to professional plumbers and got these five tips for maintaining your garbage disposal to improve its service life.
#1 Keep the Water Flowing
Make sure you run the water while operating the disposal. After you hear the motor of the disposal get through the tough parts of food, keep the water running for a further 15 to 20-seconds.
The running water helps to clear the disposal and the blades, preventing a blockage or feed jam in the appliance.
#2 Avoid Using Hot Water
When using the disposal, make sure you're using cold water. Warm water liquifies the fats on your dishes, and that starts top create buildup on the pipework at the disposal, causing a blockage.
#3 Stop Disposing Fibrous Waste
Stop throwing hard pits and seeds into your disposal. Sure, it's a handy appliance, but it's not for avocado stones or popcorn kernels.
Fibrous foods don't grind well in the disposal. As a result, they might stick to the internal components of the appliance, causing a blockage. Avoid tossing in Aegg shells, onion skins, celery stalks, and corn cobs r husks.
#4 Clean the Machine
Sludge will start to build on the inside of the disposal over time. We recommend scrubbing the disposal drain with a wire brush and some light drain cleaner solution every other week. Avoid using harsh drain cleaners as they may damage the seals and O-rings in the disposal, causing a malfunction.
For best results, we recommend using a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. This solution eats away all the grime and buildup, without dmaging the pipework or the appliance.
#5 Pro Tip – Never Put Your Hands in the Disposal!
It doesn't matter if there's food clogged in the disposal or your drop your wedding ring in the drain. Never, under any circumstances, put your fingers or hands inside the appliance. When the motor starts, it has a design to chop against the hardest forces.
The last thing you need is a trip to the emergency room and a permanent injury. If you're unsure about removing a blockage or getting your ring, call a professional plumber for assistance.