Do you think a good garbage disposal means you can dump whatever you want down the sink drain? Think again! Even the best garbage disposals, and even those that are professionally installed by the experts here at The Sunny Plumber Phoenix, have their limitations. Failure to understand these limitations and the misuse of your garbage disposal in Phoenix, AZ, could result in severe damages to the system and problems with the drains. That’s why we want to share these garbage disposal tips with you.
When it comes to increasing convenience in the kitchen, the garbage disposal is one of the best tools for the job. When it comes to creating major inconveniences in the kitchen, the misuse of your garbage disposal is one of the best methods. You don’t want to create inconvenience, of course, which is why you do want to use your garbage disposal properly every time, every step of the way. Contact us with any questions.
Its Motor Is Only So Strong
You may be advised not to put very hard items, like uncooked animal bones or fruit pits, into your garbage disposal. This is good advice. These items can damage the impeller and grinding plates the garbage disposal uses. But very hard materials are not the only ones that should be kept out of your garbage disposal.
Very fibrous foods can do damage, too. No, they won’t beat up the grinder plates the way that fruit stones might. However, their fibers can get all wrapped up in the moving mechanisms of your garbage disposal. When that happens, the strain on the system can do some damage. Celery stalks, corn husks, and other such foods/food scraps should head for the compost, not the disposal.
Its Function Is Only So Broad
Your garbage disposal, as alluded to above, works by grinding up food waste and flushing it down the drain (hence why keeping the water running while using it is so important). You know what you cannot really grind up effectively? Liquids. Go ahead, give it a try. We’ll wait.
Didn’t go so well, did it?
You must never put fats, oils, or grease down your drains. Collectively known as FOG, these materials are Public Enemy #1 when it comes to clogged drains. While they may be liquids when hot, fat especially is going to congeal in the pipes. FOG will collect on your pipes’ inner surfaces, trapping food particles and causing clogs for a long time to come.
Its Problems Are Infrequent, But Demand Professional Service
Don’t stick your hand down your garbage disposal. Don’t try to disassemble it on your own. Don’t try to remove it from beneath your sink. You may use a pair of pliers to remove an obvious blockage if you kill the power first, and definitely make use of that manual reset switch.
But anything more complicated than this will require the services of a professional plumber. Don’t void warranties while making problems worse and putting your safety at risk. Follow these tips and get the garbage disposal performance you deserve.