How to Prolong the Life of Your Garbage Disposal

garbage disposalThe garbage disposal is probably one of your favorite kitchen appliances. It makes cooking and cleanup much easier, and most of us would probably be lost without it. That being said, you want your garbage disposal to last as long as possible. Luckily, we have some tips to make sure you get the most out of this appliance.

Be Mindful of What You’re Using it For

While it’s true that the garbage disposal is great for grinding up organic waste, it’s not indestructible and some foods could actually damage or jam it. Fibrous veggies, like celery, can become tangled in the impeller. Grease and oils are also bad for the disposal, because they eventually solidify. Lastly, fruit pits can also cause serious damage.

Clean it Out

Occasionally, you should try to remove anything that might get caught in the impeller. You can do this by pouring boiling water down the drain. However, don’t use boiling water when the garbage disposal is actually on and grinding food waste. If the disposal is in use, cool water is best to loosen up stuck foods.

Don’t Put Off Repairs

If you’re garbage disposal is acting up, don’t put off the repairs until “you have time.” As soon as the garbage disposal seems to be making strange noises or humming more than usual, stop using it and call a plumber who’s familiar with garbage disposal repair.

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