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Tips to Keep Your Garbage Disposal Like New

Tips to Keep Your Garbage Disposal Like New

Garbage disposals are one modern device that can be taken advantage of until it no longer works. They can make meal prep and cleanup a breeze, but when they become clogged or damaged, it can turn basic daily activities into a nightmare. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Ohio Valley, we offer premium commercial and residential services including garbage disposal repair, replacement and new installations. Here are some helpful tips for keeping your garbage disposal working its best long term. 

How to Safely Use Your Disposal

While many people are familiar with handling a disposal, there are a lot of individuals who unknowingly misuse theirs. Make sure you are using the proper techniques to avoid frequent repairs and replacements. Always let the water run for at least 15 to 30 seconds before flipping the switch. Keep the water flowing while putting food into the drain and wait for the grinding noise to stop before switching it off. Then continue running the water for another minute after use. This will help you avoid buildup. 

What Type of Foods Should You Avoid? 

There are also a number of foods that should never make contact with your disposal, including:

  • Egg shells
  • Coffee grounds
  • Onion skins
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Potatoes
  • Chicken bones

These foods can not only damage your disposal, but they can also create large blockages inside your pipes leading to recurring clogs, sewage backups and other chronic plumbing issues. Make sure that these kinds of foods are thrown into the garbage or compost bin. In addition to the above items, be sure to keep non-food related items like twist ties and forks out of the drain since they can permanently damage the blades. 

Tips for Cleaning and Maintenance 

In order to keep debris from accumulating inside your pipes and disposal, it is recommended that you periodically clean the area about once every two to four weeks. Place ice, salt and baking soda into the drain and turn the disposal on while running cold water. This should dislodge materials and remove grease and residue. If bad odors are making you want to avoid the kitchen, then grind peels from an orange, lime or lemon. Vinegar and baking soda can also help. If you do suspect that a repair is needed, don’t hesitate to get help. The sooner the problem is addressed, the more likely you can avoid premature replacement. A professional plumber can conduct a thorough inspection, pinpoint the cause and repair the damage quickly and affordably. 

Do You Need a Garbage Disposal Installation, Repair or Replacement? Give Us a Call

Is your garbage disposal in need of a major repair or replacement? Does your older home need a new garbage disposal installation service? Then call the experts at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Ohio Valley today. Our certified, licensed and insured plumbers are ready to help you reach your goals. Contact our office for more information or to schedule a convenient appointment with an experienced plumbing professional in Eldersville, St. Clairsville, Steubenville, Wellsville, Carrollton, Follansbee, Moundsville, Wheeling, Weirton or a surrounding Ohio Valley area community.