It is tempting, at times, to think of your garbage disposal as an invincible machine. After all, its entire purpose is to chop food waste into tiny pieces in order for it to go into the liquid waste system. However, your garbage disposal won’t last forever. If you want to have your garbage disposal last for as long as possible, there are a few things that you need to be aware of. Let’s take a look at the steps you can take to extend the life of your garbage disposal.
Avoid Putting Certain Materials into the Disposal
There are a wide variety of materials that you should avoid putting into your disposal, as they can damage it in a variety of ways. For example:
- FOG: FOG stands for Fats, Oils, and Grease. Though these are liquid during cooking, once they are poured down the disposal they cool and solidify. This can gum up the disposal impellers and restrict the flow of water into the sewer system.
- Fibrous Foods: Fibrous foods, like celery and onion skins, can tangle up the impeller in the garbage disposal, eventually causing the motor to burn out. It is best to throw these materials away, rather than down the disposal.
Clean Out the Disposal
Even if you avoid putting anything bad down your disposal, waste can build up over time. In order to prevent clogs from forming, it is a good idea to occasionally clean out your garbage disposal. An easy and effective way to get rid of buildup is to simply add a few ice cubes to it while it’s running. If you run into anything more serious, just call for repairs and we’ll take a look at it for you.