The garbage disposal is a wonderful invention. It has made people’s lives easier for decades by aiding in getting rid of some of the more stubborn remnants of food preparation and consumption. Despite its reputation for being an unstoppable appliance, however, the garbage disposal is quite susceptible to breaking down under certain conditions. Let’s examine the things that can lead to garbage disposal repairs, so that you can avoid them.
Putting Oil or Grease in the Disposal
This one is really common. People do a lot of cooking with oil and grease. When doing the dishes, it can be very tempting to simply wash all that oil and grease down the drain with the rest of the food waste. The problem is that oil, grease, and fat congeal over time, forming a gelatinous layer that sticks to surfaces. When you wash any of those materials down the garbage disposal, they can gum up the blades or block up the drain when they solidify. Once that happens, it often takes a professional to clear out the garbage disposal. So, no putting oil, grease, or fat down the drain.
Another kind of material that can break the garbage disposal is fibrous foods like celery and potato peels. When the garbage disposal starts to shred these materials, the fibers can actually twist around the blades and tangle them up. This can cause the garbage disposal to break very easily. Therefore, avoid putting any particularly tough or fibrous materials down the garbage disposal.
Ice or Hot Water
A lot of people put ice or hot water down the garbage disposal, in the belief that they will help clean out any garbage that might be clinging to the walls. This is incorrect. Ice will cause the blades of the disposal to chip and even break, while hot water will cause the disposal to overheat and burn out. When you run the garbage disposal, you should only use cold water and never put hard objects like ice in there.
If you’d like to know more, call Total Comfort Inc. We provide garbage disposal repair services throughout Riverside.