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A guide to garbage disposals can be indispensable because it helps you keep yours in good running condition. A plugged or broken disposal is a major inconvenience; here’s how you can extend its dependability by using it properly and maintaining it.

Proper usage guide

The garbage disposal can’t grind every kind of food. Avoid sending egg shells, potato peelings, corn husks, coffee grounds, and excessive amounts of rice and pasta down the disposal. Egg shells and potato peelings will cling to the pipes, and corn husks will tangle in the blades. Rice and pasta can clog the pipes.

Always start the cold water faucet before turning the disposal on and run it for 30 seconds after you turn it off. Don’t leave the kitchen dishcloth or sponge, place ware or other small non-food items in the disposal side of the sink because they may fall inside, damaging the appliance (and the objects)

Maintenance guide to garbage disposals

Once a month, clean and refresh the disposal by adding baking soda to the disposal, followed by white or apple cider vinegar. Let it sit for an hour. Turn on the faucet to the other side of the sink and let the hot water run. After it reaches the tap, move the faucet to the disposal side and let the water flush the baking soda and vinegar mixture into the pipes. Vinegar and baking soda both fight odors, and break up any fat and food deposits in the disposal and along the drainpipes.

Once a year, toss a generous handful of ice cubes into the garbage disposal and turn on the cold water and the disposal. This actually sharpens the blades inside, which makes your disposal more efficient.

It’s also a good idea to look under your sink periodically throughout the year to check for leaks between the disposal, the dishwasher and your kitchen’s plumbing. Leaks can damage cabinetry and flooring, and foster mold and bacterial growth.

If you would like more information as a guide to your garbage disposal, please contact us at   Aqua Plumbing & Air. We’ve provided quality HVAC services for the Sarasota and Bradenton areas for nearly 40 years.

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