Just Got A Garbage Disposal? 4 Things To Know

Having a garbage disposal installed in your house can be a big perk. If you just had your first garbage disposal installed in your house, here are a few things you need to know in order to get the most out of your garbage disposal without hurting your plumbing. 

#1 Be Careful During The Holiday's

It can be tempting when you have a lot of extra guests over at your house to let your garbage disposal go into overdrive. However, you should not increase the usage of your garbage disposal to more than you use it on a regular basis. 

Putting your garbage disposal into overdrive during the holidays or when you have a big party could result in a big plumbing disaster. Your garbage disposal can only break up so much food and get it through your drainage system at one time. 

If you are going to have a lot of people over, set up a few extra trash cans for food scraps, and keep the use of your garbage disposal to a minimum. 

#2 Watch What You Put Down Your Sink

Although your garbage disposal is equipped with strong blades, it cannot effectively eat up everything that you try to put down it. Here are a few food items that typically seem to cause problems for your garbage disposal and drainage system:

  • Bones
  • Fibrous foods
  • Foods with high levels of starch
  • Whole raw eggs
  • Oils
  • Fats
  • Grease

All of the types of food listed above do not seem to break up well inside of garbage disposals. The foods listed above often result in clogged garbage disposals and drains. Keep these foods out of your garbage disposal and put them in the trash instead. 

#3 Fire Up Your Garbage Disposal On A Regular Basis

Although you do need to be careful about what you put down your garbage disposal, that does not mean that you should let it sit unused for long periods of time. 

You should run your garbage disposal every few days, even if there is nothing inside of it. This will keep all the parts of your garbage disposal working smoothly and will prevent your disposal from becoming corroded and rusted. 

#4 Run Cold Water When You Use Your Disposal

When you are grinding up food waste, you should always have your water running as well. This helps wash away the food waste and push the ground-up material through your drainage pipes. Additionally, you should also run cold water. 

Cold water is best because it will solidify any greases or oils that snuck into your garbage disposal, and will allow them to get all chopped up before they try to make their way through your pipes. This will decrease the chance that oil and grease will coat the inside of your pipes and eventually cause a clog. Call a residential plumber if you need help.