4 Tips for Maintaining Your Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal is a handy tool to help keep your kitchen clean and free of unpleasant odors. But if you don't take good care of it, your disposal can become clogged or start to smell bad. In this article, we'll give you four simple tips for maintaining your garbage disposal. That way it will continue to work well for you for years to come.

Everyday Use

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The first tip for maintaining your garbage disposal is to use it. Even if you don't have a lot of food scraps to dispose of, it's still a good idea to run the disposal every few days. This will help keep the blades from freezing in place. It can also help prevent any food particles from building up inside the unit.

The second tip is to be careful about what you send down. Many units canโ€™t handle large pieces of food or tough items like bones, shellfish shells, or grease. Those items can damage the blades or clog the drain. Instead, it's a good idea to cut large items into small pieces first. It's also wise to avoid putting anything that's tough or greasy into the disposal.

Cleaning Tips

The third tip is to clean your disposal on a schedule. Over time, food particles and other debris can build up inside the unit. That can lead to unpleasant odors and the potential for clogs. To clean your disposal, you can use a combination of baking soda and vinegar.

The fourth tip is to avoid using harsh chemicals to clean your disposal. Many drain cleaners contain harsh chemicals that can damage your disposal. They can even harm the environment with extended use. Instead, stick to using baking soda, vinegar, and a stiff brush to freshen the disposal.

By following these four tips you can ensure that your disposal will continue to work well for you. If you keep up with regular maintenance, then your disposal should work like new for years to come. If it does give you trouble, Any Hour Services would be happy to help. One of our licensed plumbers can troubleshoot your unit and give you options on how to fix the problem. You can give us a call or schedule an appointment online.

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Author: Nathanael Stuver
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Jan 18th 2023

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