Many people don’t consider how beneficial a garbage disposal can be! These devices make cleaning up after meals quicker and protect against harmful clogs in your drains. To find out how you can benefit from a garbage disposal, call Sewer Squad Plumbing & Drain Services today.
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Garbage Disposal Benefits
No matter how careful you are, you always end up with scraps of food left from preparing and eating meals. Most people toss food debris into the trash, but using a garbage disposal is a better option for these reasons:
After-meal cleanup goes more quickly with a garbage disposal since you wash dishes and let the food debris go down the drain at the same time.
When you put food scraps into the trash, it decays and stinks up the kitchen. Using a garbage disposal eliminates these odors and keeps your kitchen smelling fresher.
A garbage disposal is better for the environment because you’re not using nearly as many plastic trash bags as before or contributing to landfills.
If you’re still on the fence about a garbage disposal for your kitchen, call us for a consultation.
How to Maintain Your Garbage Disposal
When used properly, a garbage disposal is a tool that makes life in the kitchen so much easier and cleaner. However, like any appliance, you must perform routine maintenance on your system to keep it in proper running order and avoid costly repairs. Here are a few tips:
- Use Plenty of Water: When you run your garbage disposal, it’s best to run a lot of water while it’s grinding up food scraps. Also, let the water run for about 20 seconds after the job is done to thoroughly flush any remaining waste down the drain and keep the pipes clean.
- Avoid Fibrous Foods: Most garbage disposals have difficulty grinding foods like hard seeds, popcorn kernels, bones, etc. Also, don’t put food scraps like eggshells, corn husks, onion skins, or other fibrous foods down the garbage disposal because the fibers can jam up the blades.
- Clean the Inside: Through regular usage, sludge and debris build up in the disposal, which means you must clean it every few weeks to keep it running smoothly and to eliminate foul odors.
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Signs You Need Garbage Disposal Repair
Even with proper maintenance, a garbage disposal will break down like any other machine. Here are signs that you need to repair or replace your garbage disposal.
- Odd Noises: It’s common for a garbage disposal to make noise when operating, but if you notice a sound you’ve never heard before that persists, it could be a problem.
- Odor: If you don’t clean your garbage disposal regularly, the muck inside begins to stink. If, however, you’ve throughout cleaned the unit and it still emits a foul smell, it could be time for a new machine.
- Leaks: If your system develops water leaks, you’re looking at buying a new garbage disposal, because it’s often the better option than a repair at that point.