How often do you think about your garbage disposal? Not very often, we’re willing to bet. Now, though, with the holiday season upon us, you might want to start giving it a bit more attention. Garbage disposals need help to achieve their full operating potential, and to avoid problems. Read on to find out how to keep yours in ideal shape over the next couple of months.

Avoid Certain Materials

A lot of us like to think of garbage disposals as being able to handle whatever we throw at them, but this isn’t the case. Not at all, in fact. There are a number of types of food waste that garbage disposals can’t properly dispose of, and will in fact damage them. FOG (Fats, Oils, and Grease) should never be poured down a disposal. Though those materials are often poured in as liquid, they congeal into a viscous goop as they cool. This can jam the impeller of the disposal, and restrict the flow of waste through the sewer line.

Very hard materials should also be thrown away, rather than put into the disposal. Bones, fruit pits, ice, and the like can actually break off pieces of the impeller inside, reducing its effectiveness until the part can be replaced.

Schedule Maintenance

If you’re going to be doing a lot of the cooking this holiday season (and even if you’re not) it’s a good idea to schedule professional maintenance for your garbage disposal. A professional plumber can identify problems with your disposal that you may not have noticed yet, and fix them before they can get worse. This is the best way to keep your disposal in top shape throughout the holiday season.

The Trusted Plumber provides a full range of garbage disposal services throughout Sun City, AZ. Call today for an appointment.

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