A garbage disposal, also known as a garburator or waste disposal unit is a system that shreds food waste so that it can pass through pipes. The unit assists in keeping scents of old garbage out of trash cans and kitchen. For the unit to keep on working for quite a long time, you have to maintain it. Here are tips on the best way to maintain it.
Keep hard materials out of the disposal
Large, hard stuff make the shredder dull and less efficient while small hard objects can get stuck and jam the rotating parts. The units include a list that specifies the objects which you need to avoid.
The list also specifies the amount of hard objects which you could put in the disposal. If you suspect that a given thing is harder than the disposal can handle, you should set the thing in the garbage can or place it in a worm composting bin.
Regardless of the garbage disposal that you have, you should keep the following things out of the units: hard bones, unpopped popcorn kernels, and hard shells from crabs, shrimp, and other shellfish.
Don’t put starch and fibrous items in the disposal
These items bring about stubborn drain blockages because the fibers get tangled and starches get thick.
If you can’t avoid putting these items in the disposal, you should cut them into little pieces.
Run cold water while the disposal is on
Cold water keeps the engine, shredder assembly, and bearings from overheating. This is because the water pushes the waste down.
You shouldn’t use hot water because hot water can melt fat and let it re-solidify and block the drain.
Clean the unit regularly
To clean the disposal, you should ensure that it’s off. You should then wash the inner side of the rubber in the sink leading to the disposal.
You should then throw down some ice once in awhile. Ice aids in knocking off any debris that might have build up on the sharp edges of the disposal.