General Garbage Disposal Maintenance Tips

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General Garbage Disposal Maintenance Tips

  • Run water before and after use: Before and after using your garbage disposal, run cold water for a few seconds. This helps flush food particles down the drain and prevents clogs.

  • Use cold water: Use only cold water when running your garbage disposal. Hot water can cause grease to liquefy, which can then accumulate in your pipes and cause clogs.

  • Cut up large items: Cut up large food items into smaller pieces before putting them down your garbage disposal. This helps prevent clogs and other plumbing problems.

  • Don't put non-food items down the disposal: Only put food items down your garbage disposal. Non-food items like plastic, metal, and glass can damage your disposal and cause other plumbing problems.

  • Use citrus peels to freshen: Running citrus peels (like lemons or oranges) through your garbage disposal can help freshen it and remove odors.

  • Clean your disposal regularly: Regularly clean your garbage disposal to prevent buildup and odors. You can use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to clean your disposal.

  • Use a plunger for clogs: If your garbage disposal becomes clogged, don't use chemicals. Instead, use a plunger to try to clear the clog.

  • Schedule regular maintenance: Schedule regular maintenance with a professional plumber to keep your garbage disposal in good working order.

  • Know what not to put down your disposal: Don't put fibrous foods (like celery or cabbage), hard foods (like bones), or greasy foods down your garbage disposal. These can cause clogs and other plumbing problems.

Following these tips can assist you in maintaining your garbage disposal and prevent expensive plumbing repairs. Remember to exercise caution when attempting to clear a clog and be sure to give us a call, (641) 423-5039 for any significant plumbing issues you need assistance with.

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