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5 Simple Garbage Disposal Maintenance Tips

5 Simple Garbage Disposal Maintenance Tips

  • Plumbing
garbage disposal maintenance in Illinois by Lake Cook Plumbing

Your home’s garbage disposal can be a great help for cleaning and keeping your kitchen smelling fresh. In fact, it can also help reduce the amount of garbage you contribute to your local landfill. However, having a garbage disposal means you have to keep it well-maintained. If you don’t, you’ll wind up making your kitchen smell worse and cause all sorts of problems for your garbage disposal. Fortunately, Lake Cook Plumbing can offer you some easy garbage disposal maintenance tips that can keep your garbage disposal working its best!

Here are five tips to help you with your garbage disposal maintenance:


Use it often and use it with cold water

Like plenty of things, your garbage disposal can get a bit rusty if it doesn’t do its job often. Running it often prevents rust and corrosion, helps clear potential obstructions, and ensures all the parts are working. In addition, when you use it, make sure you’re running cold water when it’s grinding up food waste. The cold helps solidify grease and oils that could otherwise clog up the trap.


Biodegradable food only!

Despite the name, garbage disposals aren’t meant to take every type of garbage. When you consider putting something in there, ask yourself if it’s some kind of biodegradable food, like some meat? If it isn’t, then it probably shouldn’t go in there. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. Some of them are:

  • Bones and other solid trash
  • Celery and other fibrous foods
  • Coffee grounds and other foods that make lots of sediment
  • Fruit pits
  • Excess grease and oils
  • Pasta and rice
  • Potato peels and other starchy foods


Don’t stick your hand in there!

This should go without saying, but don’t put your hand down the garbage disposal. Sure, you might be able to dislodge something that’s causing a clog. However, even if the garbage disposal is off, the sudden release of tension may cause the blades to spin around fast enough to hurt you. If you need to dislodge an obstruction, use some tongs or a similar tool. Still can’t get it out? Call us to help you fix your garbage disposal.


Keep the inside of your garbage disposal clean

It’s easy to forget about the inside of your garbage disposal. However, it’s important to remember that this part of your system is just as important as the rest. A simple mix of baking soda and vinegar down the drain can do wonders at cleaning the pipes. Alternatively, you can put a bit of dish soap down the drain. While doing that, have the garbage disposal run for a minute while the cold water runs.


Chop up larger items yourself

Your garbage disposal’s blades are sharp, but they aren’t able to handle everything. If you have larger food waste, chop it up into smaller pieces first before you dispose of it. By doing this, you can avoid causing clogs. In addition, try and put larger items down the disposal one at a time to ensure the disposal can handle it.


Why is Lake Cook Plumbing the company to choose for my plumbing needs?

Lake Cook Plumbing has been helping Illinois residents keep their plumbing in working order since 1954. With 65 and counting years of experience in the plumbing industry, we know a thing or two about handling plumbing problems of all kinds. We’re committed to providing our customers high-quality service, upfront pricing, and being available whenever our customers are available. Call Lake Cook Plumbing today to learn more about our professional plumbing services!

By Brian Renadette

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