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Back to the Grind: Holiday Garbage Disposal Tips

A proper Brooklyn Thanksgiving feast isn’t just a workout for your stomach, preparing it can put your kitchen appliances through their paces —especially the garbage disposal.  Our expert technicians at Petri Plumbing get a lot of garbage disposal calls during the holidays. Our neighbors have better things to do with their time and money on Thanksgiving than dealing with a broken disposal, so we have a few tips to keep your kitchen plumbing in shape through the New Year.

Avoid grease and oils

First up, don’t dump grease and oil into your sink or garbage disposal. Grease hardens and can clog the disposal drain. When you’re cleaning greasy pots and pans, use very hot water and a good dishwashing detergent to break up the grease. In the worst-case scenario, though, give the experts at Petri Plumbing a call. We can clean your drains and tackle any emergency repairs.

If something smells fishy

If your kitchen starts smelling of rotten garbage during the holidays, it may mean your disposal has become partially clogged with scraps. To clean it out, turn on the hot water and let it run through the disposal for 30-40 seconds. This will clear out the rotten food. For a much deeper clean, fill your sink with hot water and dish detergent and let it all drain out a once while running the disposal.

Moderation is best

To avoid the problem of a clogged disposal before it starts, don’t cram the disposal full of food when running it. Avoid running items through it that aren’t disposal-friendly including coffee grounds, corn husks, banana peels and eggshells.

At Petri Plumbing, we know your garbage disposal makes your life easier. Follow our tips to keep yours running smoothly during the holidays, but if you have a problem, give us a call at (718) 748-1254 to discuss our garbage disposal repair and replacement services.

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