Your garbage disposal may seem like an unstoppable engine of detritus destruction, but it’s actually quite vulnerable to problems if not properly maintained. Most of the more intense maintenance is best done by a professional. However, there are a few things that you can do to ensure that your garbage disposal lasts as long as possible. Read to for a few of these best practices.


FOG stands for Fats, Oils and Grease. These are substances often used in cooking, and most homeowners pour them down the garbage disposal when they’re done using them. The problem with this is that FOG solidifies as it cools, forming viscous deposits that can gum up the garbage disposal impellers. FOG can also clog up the drain leading from the disposal to the sewer line. Never pour FOG down the drain! Freeze it and throw it in the trash instead.

No Fibrous Foods

Some foods, like celery, onion skins and potato skins have a lot of fiber in them. This fiber can become tangled in the garbage disposal impellers, preventing them from spinning and causing damage to the motor. For that reason, you should avoid putting these foods down the garbage disposal whenever possible.

Pour Boiling Water down the Drain

Every once in a while, it’s a good idea to pour a pot of boiling water down your garbage disposal. It’s important that you do this with the disposal off, as the disposal is best run with cold water. The boiling water, though, will help to loosen and clear out any waste material that may be stuck to the walls of the disposal. This should be done around once a month.

If you’d like to know more, call The Trusted Plumber. We offer garbage disposal maintenance and repair services throughout the Phoenix, AZ area.

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