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How Well Do You Care for Your Garbage Disposal?

Monday, December 19th, 2016 at 11:00 am

Your kitchen’s garbage disposal is one component of your plumbing system you probably give the least thought too. That is, until something goes wrong with it. Unfortunately, most homeowners are unaware of how to properly care for their garbage disposal. Meaning, they often put things down their kitchen drain that a garbage disposal really isn’t equipped to handle.

Tips for Disposal Care

Have you ever put potato peels down your drain? What about veggie leftovers? Chances are if you did, you didn’t think much of it. And you may not have had a problem before, but that’s just from pure luck. The fact of the matter is that items like potato peels and fibrous vegetables like celery can actually jam up your garbage disposal and keep it from operating as it should. You should also avoid using your disposal to break up ice (run your hot water, instead) or considerably hard foods such as corn cobs.

Additionally—and this is a very important tip—if something does jam up your garbage disposal, never reach your hand in and try to resolve it on your own. The “blades” may not be sharp, however the centrifugal force used to move the impeller is extremely strong and can lead to significant injury. You should instead try the reset button underneath the sink, and then if that doesn’t work, call our professional plumbers.

Lastly, you should keep your garbage disposal clean so that it will work smoothly. Keeping it clean also reduces foul odors that can accumulate from food waste. This is as simple as dumping some baking soda down the drain, and following it up with white vinegar or lemon juice, then running your hot water to rinse it off.

When you’re in need of professional garbage disposal repairs in Jacksonville, FL, contact the pros at

AA Service and Repair-North Florida AC.

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