A garbage disposal, also called a garburator or waste disposal unit is a device that shreds food waste so that it can pass through pipes. The unit assists in keeping scents of old garbage out of garbage cans and kitchen. For the unit to keep on working for a long time, you have to maintain it. Here are tips on the best way to maintain it.
Keep hard materials from the disposal
Large, hard stuff make the shredder boring and less efficient while little hard objects can get stuck and jam the rotating parts. The units come with a record that specifies the objects which you should avoid.
The list also specifies the amount of hard objects which you can put in the disposal. If you suspect that a given object is harder than the disposal can handle, you should set the object in the trash can or put it in a worm composting bin.
No matter the garbage disposal which you have, you should keep these items out of the units: tough bones, unpopped popcorn kernels, and hard shells from crabs, shrimp, and other shellfish.
Don’t put starch and fibrous items in the disposal
These items bring about stubborn drain blockages as the fibers get tangled and starches get thick.
If you can not avoid putting these items in the disposal, you should cut them into small pieces.
Following the waste matter has cleared the drain, you should keep the disposer and water running for up to 60 minutes. Cold water keeps the engine, shredder assembly, and bearings from overheating. The water also makes it effortless for the waste to go down. This is because the water pushes down the waste.
You should not use hot water because hot water can melt fat and allow it to re-solidify and block the drain.
Clean the unit regularly
To wash the disposal, you should make sure that it’s off. You should then wash the interior side of the rubber in the sink leading to the disposal.
You should then throw some ice down once in awhile.