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How to Maintain Your Garbage Disposal

One of the most useful gadgets in a kitchen, besides a stove, is the garbage disposal! This device, implemented in most sinks, can help clean up your cooking space within seconds while eliminating any potential pests from lingering around your garbage can when you put it out to the curb.

However, to keep your disposal running in pristine condition, here are some pro tips to keep in mind:

The Best Practices for a Garbage Disposal

Always Run Cold Water When Its in Use

Before you turn on your garbage disposal, make sure to run a steady cold stream of water from your faucet. Doing this will help the device when it’s grinding up particles of food, no matter how big or small they may be.

Then, once you’re done using your disposal, continue to keep the water running as you shut the device off. This will aid your unit and will help any lingering pieces continue to make their way down your drain.

Not Everything Can Go Into Your Disposal

Believe it or not, not everything in your kitchen can be placed into your garbage disposal. For example, you cannot put in any significant, dense animal bones (i.e., steak), since they will have a higher chance of snapping the blades. Additionally, here are some other food-based objects to keep away from your disposal:

  • Eggshells

  • Pasta

  • Coffee grounds

  • Fruit pits

If you do need to dispose of any of these items, it’s best to toss them into a nearby garbage can. This will not only save you from having a plumbing problem on your hands, but you’ll help keep your garbage disposal in the clear — something that every homeowner wants to stick around for a very long time!

Have You Encountered a Plumbing Problem With Your Garbage Disposal?

We can help solve the problem! John Manning Plumbing is a family-owned business that has been providing superior customer service to our residential and commercial plumbing customers for over 30 years. We offer quality plumbing services throughout the Antelope Valley, including Palmdale and Lancaster.

Call our expert plumbers at (661) 338-6305 to schedule your service today!