There was a time when homeowners thought throwing glass down the garbage disposal sharpened the blades. That’s just one of the items you shouldn’t put in your garbage disposal. Do you know what the number-one clog-causing thing most homeowners toss down their garbage disposals? Those little produce stickers. If that’s news to you, you’re not alone. Here in Henrico County, you just don’t think about garbage disposals much … until yours doesn’t work.
We believe the more you know, the better decisions you can make. Quotes and questions are free: Call 804-364-9040 or contact Short Pump Heating & Air to learn more.
Garbage Disposal Care and Feeding
The first garbage disposal was introduced in 1927. The U.S. has more disposals than any other country, and our disposals work hard! Keeping yours in top working order is important:
Always use cold water to wash food waste down.
Cut/break all waste into manageable pieces.
Don’t stick your fingers into the disposal unit ever. Use tongs to retrieve stuck waste.
Even if you’re not using it, run your garbage disposal every two to three days.
Follow guidelines for what not to put down your garbage disposal. Avoid:
Hard food (bones, pits, nuts)
Pasta, rice, oats (can expand and clog)
Starchy foods (banana peels)
Stringy foods (celery)
If something tangles around the blades, cut the power and use the special wrench that came with the unit to untangle.
Never use commercial chemicals or hot water to unclog your disposal drain.
Clean every two weeks. To clean, cut the power to your garbage disposal. (It’s usually plugged in under your sink.)
Check the drain with a flashlight. The unit should be clear of debris, and if you see any objects, use needlenose pliers to retrieve anything.
Drop 10 to 12 ice cubes into the garbage disposal.
Add one-half cup of rock salt.
Restore power and turn on disposal, running water down the drain.
Re-check with flashlight to ensure blades are clean, then cut power again.
Pour 1 cup vinegar and one-half cup baking soda into disposal. Let it fizz about 15 minutes. While you wait, create a vinegar-and-baking soda paste. Use an old toothbrush to scrub the rubber flaps, tops and bottoms.
Restore power. Plug the drain and fill sink about three-fourths full of soapy water. Unplug the drain and run the disposal, letting the soapy water wash down.
Use the degreaser brands of dishwashing detergents.
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What Can Be Repaired on a Garbage Disposal?
When buying a new appliance, a good question to ask is, “What’s the most expensive thing that can break?” On garbage disposals, it’s the motor. Repair costs can run hundreds of dollars. That’s why good maintenance is important!
Other garbage disposal parts that can be repaired are clogged drains and broken or malfunctioning blades (they aren’t really “blades,” they’re impellers).
Clues your garbage disposal needs servicing are:
Humming noise, but blades aren’t turning
On but no disposal action
Repeated clogs for no reason
Sounds different/unusual noise
Unusual plumbing odors
You’re renovating kitchen cabinets
Put our phone number in your contacts list under “P” for “plumber.” When you need help fast, we’ll be there for you. Call 804-364-9040 or contact Short Pump Heating & Air for more information.
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