How to Avoid Garbage Disposal Issues

How to Avoid Garbage Disposal Issues

March 4, 2020

Many drain issues can be prevented if you can remember what food items can and cannot go through garbage disposals safely. There are also a few things you can do to ensure the proper function of your disposal itself. The following are some of the best ways to avoid costly garbage disposal repair in Shreveport, LA.

Things you can do

Of course, regular care and maintenance plays a big role in the survival of your garbage disposal. In addition to taking care of it, there are some other good practices plumbing professionals recommend:

  • Let the disposal run longer: A properly functioning garbage disposal won’t need much time to grind up the waste you put down it. However, you should keep it running for a little longer instead of switching it off the moment it’s done grinding. This extra time ensures that all the food pieces have been ground up and flushed all the way down the drain. Clogs won’t be a concern.
  • Run cold water: You need to run the cold water at the same time you switch on the disposal. Not only does cold water help push food debris down the drain, it also helps food harden so your garbage disposal can grind it up more easily. Hot water, on the other hand, can melt or otherwise alter food debris in the middle of grinding, potentially causing issues with the system.
  • Run the disposal often: If your kitchen sink has a working garbage disposal, make sure to run it at least once every few days, even if you don’t have any food to grind. This action prevents the system from corroding, as well as protects against food buildup and reduces the risk of freezing during cold weather.
  • It’s not a garbage can: Despite its name, your garbage disposal is technically not intended to grind up every single piece of leftover food. It will have a hard time breaking down big pieces of food. To cut down on your garbage disposal waste, scrape food from dishes into the trash before rinsing them in the sink.

Foods to avoid

You know that large pieces of food shouldn’t go through the disposal, but neither should the following:

  • Fat, oil and grease: Called FOGs for short, fats, oils or grease going down your sink drain creates the perfect situation for clogs. The proper way to dispose of FOGs is in an empty container that you should place in the trash can once it’s full.
  • Hard food items: Bones, fruit pits and seeds are all big problems for garbage disposals. They can potentially bend or break the blades, or even come flying out as sharp projectiles. The trash is the best place for these and other hard food items.
  • Starchy foods: Foods that are starchy and fibrous don’t grind up easily. What they do instead is gum up or wrap around the disposal blades and hinder proper function.
  • Absorbent foods: Even when cooked, foods like rice and pasta can expand more when exposed to water in your drain. This expansion can cause a drain blockage.

If you are in need of garbage disposal repair in Shreveport, LA, pick up the phone and call Perot Plumbing, LLC!

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