One of the last things you want to happen in your kitchen is for the garbage disposal to break. A broken garbage disposal can cause your sink to clog AND you won't have the convenience of easily disposing of garbage.
Below is a list of the dos and don'ts for garbage disposal maintenance.
- Keep the water running while using the garbage disposal, and for about 30-60 seconds after you've dropped the last of the garbage into the disposal. Doing this will help the waste go down easier, AND it cuts out the loud noise!
- Do not put banana peels, corn husks, celery, coffee grounds, pits, chicken bones or other fibrous foods in the garbage disposal. It will just clog the system!
- Is your garbage disposal stinky? Every once in a while drop an orange peel into the disposal to freshen it up!
- Do NOT throw pasta and rice down the disposal. No matter how much the disposal chops it up the rice and pasta will swell when water logged, causing a clogged drain!
TIP:Use your garbage disposal in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations. Top of the line garbage disposals, which tend to be more expensive, provide grinding mechanisms that will dispose of waste that an inexpensive garbage disposal will not.
Questions? Just call The Polite Plumber at (973) 398-0875. We won't ask how it happened!