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Holiday garbage disposal tips

Posted on: December 23, 2015

During the holidays, your whole kitchen gets a good workout. Yet, one piece of equipment you may not have considered giving a little extra care to is your garbage disposal. Your garbage disposal certainly gets put to work with all the parties and meals over the holidays, and it is worth maintaining over this busy season.

There are some ways you can care for your garbage disposal during the holiday season so that you don’t end up with a clogged sink or find yourself fishing under the sink during dinner to clear out the disposal.

Prevention first

Preventing a problem is always better than having to solve a problem. To prevent issues with your garbage disposal, you should keep in mind items that do not belong down your disposal. These items can dull the blades of your disposal and cause your disposal to become jammed.

Here is a good list of things that belong in your trash rather than down the disposal.

  • Fruit Seeds and Pits
  • Bones
  • Banana Peels
  • Shrimp Shells
  • Corn Husks
  • Onion Skins
  • Nuts
  • Potato Peels
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Celery
  • Carrot Ends

A good rule of thumb to remember is that if you can put it in the trash then that is the best place for it.

If you are placing things down your disposal, make sure you always have the cold water running and don’t force a pile of scraps down at once. Feed the disposal slowly, this will prevent too much building up at once inside the garbage disposal

To keep your garbage disposal clean use ice. Ice will sharpen the blades and break up any build up of oil and grease. Just run the disposal and place the ice in. You can do this twice a month to help keep things running smoothly.

If you have weird smells coming from your disposal, you can run some vinegar down the sink. Placing sliced up lemons down the disposal can also help eliminate odors.

When you need to take action

When your garbage disposal wont grind properly, or won’t work at all, you may need to reset it. The unit placed under the sink should have a reset button. Press this button. If it doesn’t start up, there may be a bigger problem, and you will need to call a plumbing expert for help.

If you have put the wrong thing down the garbage disposal, or your garbage disposal is not working as it should, contact the team at James A. Wheat & Sons. Our trained plumbers can help get your garbage disposal working again. We’re ready to help at 240-399-5051!