kitchen-sink-disposalThe garbage disposal is one of the most frequently used kitchen appliances in the average home. Despite how much use the system sees, though, many people assume that it will be able to operate indefinitely without developing serious problems. However, if you’re not careful you can end up having to replace your garbage disposal much earlier than you otherwise would have to. Have a look at a couple of the common problems that can afflict garbage disposals, and how to avoid them.

Broken Impellers

Impellers are the blunt parts used to chop waste into smaller bits while the disposal is operating. Most people assume that garbage disposals use sharpened blades, like knifes, to cut waste up. This is not the case, however. Depending on what you put down your disposal, the impellers can break off and prevent the system from breaking up waste properly. The way to avoid this is to avoid putting especially hard materials into the disposal. Ice, bones, fruit pits, and the like should all be thrown away, instead of being put into the disposal.

Clogged Drain Lines

If your garbage disposal is continually backing up, you probably have a problem with a partially blocked drain line. This is frequently caused by FOG (fats, oils, and grease). While these materials are frequently poured down the disposal in liquid form, they solidify as they cool off. The FOG then sticks to the walls of the disposal’s drain line. Just like the point above, the best way to stop this from happening is to simply avoid putting these substances into the disposal in the first place.

The Trusted Plumber provides garbage disposal repair services in Scottsdale, AZ. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experts. We’ll make sure that your garbage disposal serves you well.

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