Many people think garbage disposals work similar to a blender, with spinning blades that chop and break down waste. Instead, they have impellers, or lugs, mounted on a spinning plate, which use centrifugal force to continuously force food waste particles against a stationery grind ring. The grind ring’s job is to break down the food waste into very fine particles, liquefying them. Running water while the disposal is on flushes the particles through the grind ring and out of the disposal into your waste water pipe. From there it flows to a waste water treatment plant or your septic system.
To prolong the life of your garbage disposal, please follow these helpful tips:
- Do not dispose of oils and fats down your drains. These can liquefy when mixed with hot water but then solidify later on down the drain causing a nasty blockage that requires professional care to remove. Put oils and fats into a separate container and dispose of them in the regular waste when they solidify.
- Use running cold water when your garbage disposal is on. This helps to flush food waste down the disposal and also prevents fats and oils from liquefying. Additionally, hot water can cause rubber parts to wear out and crack.
- Do not dispose of foods heavy in fiber or starch in your disposal. Corn husks, celery, potatoes and other starchy or fibrous foods easily get caught in the disposal and cause build up over time. Instead, a great option is to put this waste into a compost bin.
- Keep your disposal clean. You do not need to use over the counter drain cleaning products. Instead, use running water and a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to remove odors and build up.
Garbage Disposal Repair
If you are having trouble with your garbage disposal, contact Home-Tech today! There are many possible reasons why it isn’t working properly. Whether your garbage disposal is jammed, clogged, leaking, making excessive noise or not working at all, our expert technicians can diagnose the problem quickly and get you back to the results you expect from your garbage disposal. Let our experts in your location help with any major appliance issues you have today. We can make sure your home kitchen operates smoothly again. No matter what brand of residential garbage disposal is in your home, our team can address any problems you have. Home-Tech expert technicians can diagnose your problem and determine whether it needs extensive repairs, slight tune-ups or replacement.
How to Fix a Clogged Garbage Disposal
DO NOT PUT YOUR HAND INTO YOUR CLOGGED GARBAGE DISPOSAL DRAIN! The folks at InSinkErator have provided a helpful video explaining how to fix a clogged garbage disposal. If you’ve tried this and are still having issues, please contact us right away!