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Maintaining the Life of Your Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal in your home is an amazing tool. Your garbage disposal helps cut down on odors that can become trapped in your trash can. The health of your disposal largely depends on how you take care of it, and understanding some important do’s and don’ts when it comes to your disposal.

Things You Shouldn’t Do

When it comes to the long-term health of your garbage disposal, there are a few different aspects to consider. These include:

  • Not Overpacking- You don’t want to try to put more into your disposal than it can handle. Be aware of how much you are trying to grind at once.
  • Avoid Starch– Food items such as pasta or potato skins that are high in starch can cling to your disposal. In time, the clung-on food can start to clog your drain as well as lead to potential odors. 
  • Avoid Coffee Grounds and Egg Shells– These items can create tiny bits of granular waste which will stick to any existing sludge at the bottom of your disposal. This can build up and impact your grinders ability to work as well as lead to clogs.

Things you Should Do

Your garbage disposal doesn’t require too much attention when utilized properly. There are a few different things that you can do to help ensure your disposal is running smoothly. This includes:

  • Regular maintenance– This can be as simple as grinding up some ice cubes and lemon peels. It helps to clean your system, as well as makes it smell great
  • Avoid Odors– If you do notice some odors creeping up, it helps to treat your disposal every month. A simple way to do this is by mixing a few tablespoons of baking soda with half a cup of vinegar. Pour this into your system while it is off and give it time to foam. Once the foam has dissolved, rinse the mixture down.

Garbage Disposal Maintenance

When it comes to your garbage disposal, understanding basic do’s and don’ts can lead to a long-life of your disposal. If you notice problems with odor or clogging, and nothing seems to be doing the trick, it may be time to turn to an expert. Our team at Columbia Drain Co can help with any issues concerning your disposal, and your plumbing in general. 

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