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Keeping Your Garbage Disposal in Top Shape: Expert Maintenance Tips

March 6, 2024 | Blog

Garbage disposals have become a staple in modern kitchens, offering a convenient way to dispose of food waste. However, like any appliance, they require proper care to ensure they operate efficiently and last longer. Whether you’re considering installing a new unit, need repairs, or just want to keep your current disposal in top shape, we’ve got you covered with expert tips and tricks.

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Understanding Garbage Disposals

Garbage disposals are designed to grind food scraps into tiny particles that can easily pass through your plumbing system. While they are robust and durable, they are not invincible. Incorrect usage or lack of maintenance can lead to clogs, jams, and even breakdowns, necessitating costly repairs or replacements.

Installation and Repair

When it comes to installing a new garbage disposal or repairing an existing one, it’s essential to entrust the task to professionals. Proper installation ensures that the unit is correctly connected to both the plumbing and electrical systems, preventing leaks and electrical issues. If your disposal is not working as it should, professional plumbers can diagnose the issue and perform necessary repairs, extending the life of your disposal.

Maintenance Tips and Tricks

  • Regular Cleaning: Keep your disposal clean by flushing it with dish soap and cold water after each use. For a deeper clean, grind ice cubes and salt, or use baking soda and vinegar to eliminate odors and buildup.
  • Avoid Hard and Fibrous Materials: Items like bones, fruit pits, and fibrous vegetables can dull the blades and clog the system. Stick to biodegradable food scraps to ensure smooth operation.
  • Use Cold Water: Always run cold water when grinding food waste. Cold water solidifies any fats or oils, allowing them to be ground up and flushed away, preventing clogs.
  • Sharpen Blades: To keep the blades sharp, use a small trickle of cold water with a cup of ice cubes. Once the ice cubes are gone cut off the water and pour in a tsp of cooking oil to lubricate the grinding plates. This helps maintain the efficiency of your disposal.
  • Avoid Chemical Cleaners: Harsh chemicals can damage the disposal’s internal components. Opt for natural cleaners or those specifically designed for garbage disposals.

At Public Service Plumbers, we understand the importance of a well-functioning garbage disposal. Whether you’re in need of expert installation, timely repairs, or just some friendly advice on maintenance, our team of experienced plumbers in Dallas, TX, is here to help. Don’t let a malfunctioning disposal disrupt your daily routine. Contact us today for all your plumbing needs, at (214) 612-7292 and experience the peace of mind that comes with professional, reliable service. You can also click here to schedule an appointment online. Keep your kitchen clean and your disposal running smoothly with Public Service Plumbers.

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