Your kitchen’s garbage disposal system is likely one of the most underappreciated components you have in your home. Most homeowners don’t think very much about it—until there is a problem with it. And of course, garbage disposal problems can be pretty frustrating since it makes it so convenient for you to cook and clean without concerning yourself about sink clogs. Caring for your garbage disposal in the right way is essential to ensuring that it operates as it should for the years to come.
Avoid Putting Your Hand or Utensils Down It
We understand, when there’s something seemingly stuck in your drain or disposal unit, it’s tempting to reach down and try to free it with your hand or a utensil. And true, your garbage disposal’s “blades” are not exactly sharp. It’s actually an impeller that uses centrifugal force to fling food waste to a grind ring that processes the food into smaller bits.
However, this doesn’t mean it’s safe to just put anything down there. The impact of the impeller could still lead to injury. Plus, your garbage disposal may have gotten jammed because something hard and potentially sharp accidentally got knocked down the drain. The best thing to do is try the reset button under the sink and see if that helps the situation. If it doesn’t, go ahead and give our professional plumbers a call!
Avoid Disposal Damage
The best way to prevent damage to your garbage disposal is to understand what can and cannot go down the kitchen sink. Most things you can chew with your own teeth easily are okay, but other items are not acceptable. Some of these items include:
- Hard food: meat bones, popcorn kernels, fruit pits
- Non-food items: plastic wrappers
- Fibrous substances: Onion, celery
- FOG: Fats, Oils, and Grease. This is mainly a problem for drain clogs, but can also build up within your disposal and create issues you just don’t need.
For professional garbage disposal maintenance in Jacksonville, FL, contact AA Service and Repair-North Florida AC.