A garbage disposal system is a great appliance that can make household duties less demanding. But to keep this beneficial appliance of yours working in a good condition you need to understand its limits. If to operated or maintained properly this appliance can easily break down causing your drains to block or clog, in what turn might end up costing you a lot of money. With some simple preventive measure you can keep your garbage disposal working in an extremely good condition, for an extended period of time. We are going to discuss some of these preventive measures in this particular article, let’s start with the do’s:


  1. Cleanliness

If you want to keep your garbage disposal running in good condition, then keep it clean. The simplest way to accomplish this would be, to pour in some cold water and keep the system running for some time.

2. Use it often

If you do not use your garbage disposal often then there’s a good chance of your system catching some rust over a period of time. In order to avoid this, use your disposal system consistently. This will prevent rust and corrosion from damaging your disposal system.

3. Use cold water, when grinding food

When grinding food in your garbage disposal system, always do it with a strong flow of cold water. Cold water solidifies any grease or water stuck in the system, which in turn allows the system to chop it off before reaching the trap.

4. Avoid putting in large items

Always make sure to chop off larger garbage items into smaller pieces before dumping it in your garbage disposal system, as this may damage your system. This is a necessary precaution that is ignored by many households.

Now, that we are done with the do’s, let’s take a look at some of the don’ts;


  1. Dont put in any non-biodegradable items

A very important point to remember: garbage disposal system is different from a trash can. If you put in anything either than food, you might end up damaging your system’s blade and motor. Non-biodegradable items include plastic, paper, metal, etc. Also, don’t end up putting any thing combustible.

2. Avoid putting in left over grease or oil

Pouring left over grease, oil or fat into your garbage disposal system is a strict no. The grease slowly accumulates and starts affecting your garbage disposals ability. It might also end up clogging your drains.

3. No hot water

Hot water should not be used when grinding waste food. The hot water causes the grease from the food to liquefy. The grease then accumulates and ultimately ends up clogging the drain.

4. Avoid, abruptly turning off the motor

Abruptly turning the motor off, before the grinding is complete, might end up damaging your garbage disposal system’s motor. Once the grinding is complete, turn off the motor then allow a jet stream of cold water to run through it for some time. This will help flush out the remaining particles.

The above points should be kept in mind when operating a garbage disposal system. If you want to discuss any of the above points in greater details or if your garbage disposal system is giving you trouble, then get in touch with Pro Plumbing. They have the expertise and the know how to deal with such systems.

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