That is usually due to the garbage disposal and that can point to plumbing problems. A garbage disposal can be convenient, but it has many problems if you don’t know how to use it properly. In this post, we will show you how to properly maintain one.
Always Follow the Instructions
If your garbage disposal came with instructions, read them. They can tell what you can and can’t do. Some of them can handle certain items, and they may offer their own unique troubleshooting solutions. Don’t throw away the manual just because you think it’s long and drawn out. It’s better to always have the instructions on hand.
Always Clean it Regularly
We will discuss ways to clean it in a bit. What you should remember is that you should clean it as often as possible. If you don’t, it can stink and it can cause buildup, which can affect you later on down the road.
Use Cold Water
You may think hot water is more helpful, but in this case, cold water can help coagulate any fats in the disposal. This can help you grind them up. If you don’t do this, they can end up sticking to the pipes and causing a plumbing disaster.
Always Check the Disposal Before Running
You could have dropped something in it like a utensil or jewelry. Before you turn it on and possibly damage the disposal or your precious item, make sure it’s clear. If there is something in there, use some tongs to retrieve it. Using your hand can be risky, even if it’s turned off.
Don’t Pour Fats on There
We mentioned using cold water if you do pour fats down there, but honestly, the best solution is to not pour any grease down there at all. Instead, chill it and throw it away.
Only Grind Food Scraps
Don’t grind anything metal, wood, sponge, or anything else that could damage the disposal. This is a disaster that’s waiting to happen. The disposal is not your trash can, despite its name.
Some cleaners claim they are designed for garbage disposals, but most are not. Instead, they can damage your plumbing. A baking soda and vinegar mix is the ideal solution.
Try avoiding putting coffee grounds in there, and avoid too much starchy foods. Foods like these can build up in the pipes. Foods that are more fibrous should be disposed of sparingly. The strands can end up stopping the blades, which is never good. If you are unsure, just toss it.
Call a Pro
If you’re unsure how you should dispose of your food, grease, or whatnot, make sure you end up calling a pro. They can help you dispose of your waste and keep your plumbing as good as it possibly can. Until next time, take care.