Proper maintenance of your waste disposal extends its life and prevents plumbing and drainage disasters.

Let’s face it - most of us have waste disposal in our homes and we do not treat them kindly. In fact, it is my view that we take this household appliance for granted. Poorly maintained or serviced disposal can and will break down, block and clog drains and cause an endless list - and dare I say it - of costly plumbing and drainage disasters.

Clogged drains are a drawback and repairing waste can be very expensive. Do not worry, most problems are completely unnecessary. Regular care and maintenance is very easy. If you treat your waste disposal well, it will treat you well in return.

Below are some of the best practices to follow along with the big don'ts.

Best practices for waste disposal:

Keep your waste disposal clean. Pour a little dish soap inside and let it run for a minute or so with a little cold water after washing.

Run your device regularly. Frequent disposal of disposal helps prevent rust and corrosion and ensures that all parts remain in motion. It can also prevent clogs from building up.

Sand food waste with a strong stream of cold water. Cold water you ask? This will cause the grease or oils that may enter the unit to solidify so that they can be chopped up before reaching the trap.

Sand certain hard materials such as fish bones, eggshells, small fruit pits, etc. This causes a scrubbing effect inside the sanding chamber that helps clean the disposal walls.

Grind citrus peel like lemons or oranges to freshen up the drain smell.

Cut large objects into smaller pieces. Put them in the grinder one at a time instead of trying to push a large amount in at once.
Waste disposal must not:

Do not put anything in the unit that is not biodegradable food. Foods do not damage both the blades and the motor. Your waste disposal is not a trash can.

Do not sand glass, plastic, metal or even paper.

Do not paint anything flammable.

Do not grind cigarette butts.

Do not pour grease, oil or grease into your disposal or drain. Grease accumulates slowly and prevents your waste from being disposed of as well as clogging drains.

Do not use hot water for grinding food waste. Hot water will cause grease to liquefy and accumulate, causing the sewer to clog.

Do not paint extremely fibrous material such as corn husks, celery stalks, onion skins and artichokes. Fibers from these can act and block the engine and block drains.

Do not turn off the engine or water until grinding is complete. Once the sanding is complete, first turn off the waste disposal. Let the water continue to run for at least 15 seconds and rinse out any remaining particles.

Do not put too many potato peels in the waste disposal. The starches in the potatoes turn into a thick paste and can cause knives to get stuck.

Do not put large amounts of food in the disposal. Feed food into the unit at a time while the cold water is running.

Do not place expandable foods in your disposal. Foods like pasta and rice expand when you add water to a pot; they do the same thing once inside your pipes or waste disposal and are the cause of many paper jams and clogs.

Do not grind large animal bones (beef, pork, etc.).

Although coffee grounds do not damage the disposal, they can build up in drains and pipes over time.

Do not use harsh chemicals such as bleach or drain cleaner. They can damage knives and pipes. Borax is a natural washing and cleaning agent that effectively acts on odor-causing mold and mildew that accumulates.

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