Your Northern New Jersey garbage disposal is a convenient appliance when it comes to cleaning up after dinner and keeping your dishes in order. However, this residential plumbing appliance needs to be properly maintained in order to function effectively. Here is a look at a few maintenance tips for your garbage disposal.
If you fail to maintain your garbage disposal, you will likely find yourself calling your plumber for help sooner rather than later. Help your garbage disposal enjoy a long working life by using it appropriately. This means that you should only use your garbage disposal for the items it was designed to dispose of; make sure that no items that contain glass, rubber, or metal end up in your garbage disposal. You should also refrain from disposing of certain foods like shrimp shells, cornhusks, or bones in this plumbing appliance. Items that are not designed to be broken down in this fashion will remain lodged in the garbage disposal until a plumber or homeowner removes them. Until then they may sabotage your garbage disposal and facilitate the growth of bacteria.
Always remember to turn off your garbage disposal's power fuse before attempting to clean the unit or remove any food debris. You can use long utensils like pliers or tongs to safely reach into the garbage disposal and obtain any items that may have been incompletely broken down. Rid your garbage disposal of the grime and sludge that may have built up on the grinding units over time using rock salt and ice; after filling the disposal with ice and salt, turn on the cold water and run the disposal for a few seconds. After completing this process it is a good idea to clean out the drain line. You can do this by filling your sink with a few inches of water and draining it via the garbage disposal.
Combat foul odors by adding peels from lemons, oranges, or other citrus fruits into the garbage disposal. Turn on the garbage disposal unit as well as the cold water and enjoy the citrusy clean scent.