You can rely on your
garbage disposal to take care of your smaller scraps after dinner, but many people use
it the wrong way, which can lead to endless calls to your plumber. Make
sure you give your garbage disposal a regular cleaning, and only feed
in the right amount of the appropriate materials. Here’s more on
the dos and don’ts of your garbage disposal.
Do Run and Clean Regularly
It should come as no surprise that the more often you clean your garbage
disposal, the better it stands to work. On that same note, you should
also use this plumbing appliance regularly to keep it in top shape. If
you happen to leave your garbage disposal alone for a while, give it a
test before you start it up and feed it the scraps from your most recent meal.
Don’t Grind Inappropriate Materials
As tough as your garbage disposal might be, it can’t handle just
anything you throw into it; there are certain materials that it is just
not designed to handle. Even if you add a given material to your garbage
disposal and don’t hear any strange noises, this doesn’t necessarily
mean that all is well. Many homeowners get rid of their cooking greases
via garbage disposal, which is never a good idea. These greases can quickly
build up in your disposal and cause a plumbing nightmare, so take your
grease to the garbage can instead. Remember that hot water can exacerbate
the problem by heating up the grease and letting it sink farther into the pipe.
Don’t Feed too Much at Once
Like any other plumbing appliance, you should use your garbage disposal
carefully. Don’t jam too much in there at once or you could find
yourself dealing with a backup or other nagging plumbing problems in your kitchen.
If you want your garbage disposal near Arlington, VA—and thus your
plumbing system—to stand the test of time, it’s important
that you use it properly. Call
All Plumbing, Inc. at (703) 525-7973 or visit our website to learn about our garbage disposal
installation and garbage disposal repair services today.