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Maintain A Garbage Disposal

Don’t put starch and fibrous items in the disposal

These items bring about stubborn drain blockages as the fibers get tangled and starches get thick. Some of the items that you should avoid putting in the disposal include: banana peels, celery, potato peeling, artichokes, coffee grounds, fruit pits, onion skins, egg shells, and corn cobs.

If you can’t avoid putting these items in the disposal, you should cut them into small pieces.

Run cold water while the disposal is on

After the waste matter has cleared the drain, you should keep the disposer and water running for up to 60 seconds. Cold water keeps the motor, shredder assembly, and bearings from overheating. The water also makes it easy for the waste to go down. This is because the water pushes the waste down.

You should not use hot water because hot water can melt fat and allow it to re-solidify and block the drain.

Clean the unit regularly

To clean the disposal, you should ensure that it’s off. You should then clean the inner side of the rubber in the sink leading to the disposal. You should wipe it with a paper towel.