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FAQs About Your Garbage Disposal

Most homeowners find their garbage disposals to be one of the most useful pieces of equipment in their homes, but many don’t think about maintaining them until a problem occurs. Often, homeowners find themselves in need of emergency plumbing services when their garbage disposals stop working at the worst times, such as during a holiday meal. Find out more about preventing problems with your garbage disposal with the answers to these common questions.

Is it really necessary to run water when using my disposal?

Any time you turn on your garbage disposal, you should be running water down the drain. Water helps to push the food waste down the drain after your garbage disposal grinds it. Run cold water, so that any fat in your food doesn’t liquefy in the drain. When this occurs, it will solidify further down the drain and create a blockage. Only use hot water on your garbage disposal if you are cleaning it with a non-food item, such as vinegar or citric acid. If you use citrus peels to clean the disposal, you should use cold water.

What can I put down my garbage disposal?

There are enormous misconceptions about what goes down a garbage disposal, and these misconceptions lead to many calls to plumbers. Never put coffee grounds, eggshells, or stringy fruits and vegetables in your disposal. You should also avoid putting down anything that expands in water, such as rice, pasta, and beans. Cooking oil and grease should not go down any drain, including your garbage disposal.

What should I do if my garbage disposal smells?

If there is an odor coming from your garbage disposal, there is likely to be food that hasn’t completely gone down the drain. Turn the cold water and your disposal on and let it run to clear the drain.

When garbage disposal problems strike, All Plumbing, Inc. is here to help around the clock. From emergency plumbing services to basic maintenance, our residential plumbers in Arlington, VA, can do it all. Make an appointment for plumbing services by calling (703) 525-7973.

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