Considering what the garbage disposal is used for, it’s easy to think of it as somehow impervious to issues. That’s not true, though. Far from it, in fact. Garbage disposals are actually quite susceptible to developing problems, depending on what they’re exposed to. If you want to keep your garbage disposal in good condition for as long as possible, there are a number of things that you should know. Have a look at our following tips on getting a great return on investment with your garbage disposal.
Avoid Putting Certain Materials Down the Disposal
Garbage disposals are not equipped to deal with all kinds of food waste. In fact, there are certain kinds of common food waste material that should never be put into the disposal. First and foremost, you should avoid putting FOG (Fats, Oils, and Grease) into the disposal. These materials are often poured into the disposal in liquid form, but congeal into a viscous sludge as it cools. Once this happens, the FOG sticks to the walls of the disposal and the drain line. This clogs up the disposal, making it drain much more slowly (if it drains at all). It’s best to avoid pouring FOG into the disposal, and instead simply throw it away.
You should also avoid putting fruit pits, bones, ice, or any other hard material into the disposal. Garbage disposals break up waste using blunt metal rotors, called impellers. Putting those kinds of materials into the disposal opens up the impellers to the risk of breaking, either due to bits breaking off or the motor overheating. These materials should also be thrown out in order to spare the disposal. When it comes to this kind of thing, it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you’re not certain whether or not your garbage disposal is able to cope with whatever waste material you’re about to feed it, just throw it away instead.
Most homeowners have a tendency not to schedule any kind of preventive maintenance for a system unless they notice a problem with it. The problem with doing that is that many issues, including those that can afflict garbage disposals, don’t give off any warning signs until they’re pretty far along. You’re not likely to identify issues with your garbage disposal early enough to prevent most of the damage, unless you schedule preventive maintenance for it.
Preventive maintenance provides your technician with the opportunity to find any developing issues with your garbage disposal, and repair them before they have the chance to develop further. You don’t have to schedule this quite as often as you should for the rest of your plumbing system (once a year). However, you should still make sure it’s done at least once every couple of years. Garbage disposal maintenance can go a long way towards lowering your repair costs, as well as increasing the lifespan of the system.
The Trusted Plumber offers comprehensive garbage disposal repair and maintenance services throughout Peoria, AZ. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians. We’ll make sure that your garbage disposal is kept in the best possible shape for as long as possible.