Tips To Maximize the Garbage Disposal During the Holidays

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The holiday season is a time of joy and festivities, and, unfortunately, a considerable amount of waste is generated from the delicious meals prepared. One often-overlooked component that plays a crucial role in managing kitchen waste is the garbage disposal. But, there are a lot of misconceptions about garbage disposal that can lead to big problems during the big meal. To ensure the disposal unit stays in optimal condition, follow these essential tips during the holidays and beyond.

Avoid Putting These Foods Down the Drain

While garbage disposals efficiently handle many types of food waste, certain items should never find their way down the drain. Fibrous foods like celery, corn husks, and onion skins can wrap around the disposal blades, causing them to jam. Bones, fruit pits, and hard seeds shouldn’t go down the disposal, as they can damage the blades and motor over time. Starchy foods like pasta and rice can swell in water, leading to clogs in the drain pipes.

The best rule is to avoid putting large amounts of food down the drain altogether. Instead, peel vegetables over the garbage can and scrape dishes into the trash before they go into the sink. Never pour grease down the drain. Instead, pour it into a disposable container once it is cooled but still fluid and discard it in the trash.  

Flush the Garbage Disposal with Water 

running waterProper garbage disposal operation involves running water through the unit while it’s in operation and afterward. This helps keep the blades clean and prevents debris from accumulating. When using the disposal, run cold water for at least 15 seconds before and after grinding food waste. Cold water helps solidify grease or oil, making it easier to break down and preventing it from sticking to the blades or pipes.

Consider tossing a few ice cubes down the disposal every once in a while. The ice helps protect the blades and can dislodge any small bits of food clinging to the unit. However, it’s important not to overload the disposal with too many items simultaneously, as this can strain the motor and trip the garbage disposal reset button.

Hire Professionals for Garbage Disposal Repairs

garbage disposal repairWhile handling garbage disposal issues alone might be tempting, it’s often best to leave garbage disposal repairs, installations, and replacements to the professionals. Attempting DIY fixes can result in further damage, costing owners more time and money in the long run.

While minor issues with the garbage disposal may be resolvable with DIY fixes, it’s crucial to recognize when it’s time to call in a professional plumber. Safety concerns and preventing additional problems necessitate seeking expert assistance in certain situations. If owners notice any of the following warning signs, it’s time to call a plumber: 

  • Leaks under the sink 
  • Unpleasant odors
  • Slow draining
  • Loud noises or vibrations
  • Clogs and jams

A professional plumber can diagnose and fix these issues and provide valuable guidance on proper maintenance and usage to prevent future problems.

About All Pro Plumbing

All Pro Plumbing can make the holidays go smoothly with garbage disposal repairs and a full plumbing service. Their award-winning teams are ready to help with plumbing emergencies and preventative care. Call today for a plumbing service in Lakeland, FL. 

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