Garbage disposals are a convenience when it comes to cleaning up after cooking or eating, but they can cause inconvenient problems for homeowners if not cared for properly.
With the garbage disposal comes the potential for breakdowns and even bad odors if they are not properly maintained. The Brooklyn plumbers at Petri Plumbing & Heating are here to provide you with tips for preventing breakdowns with your garbage disposal.
If there is a bad odor coming from your garbage disposal, it is likely because it is backed up with rotten food scraps. Cleaning your garbage disposal will help get rid of the smell. Simply run hot water through the disposal for about 40 seconds to help push the food through the pipes.
If you feel like a deeper clean is needed, fill the sink with hot water and soap. Once it is full, drain the sink while running the disposal.
When it comes to preventing a garbage disposal clog, making sure you are placing the right foods in the disposal is a great first step. Items such as coffee grounds, banana peels and eggshells should not be discarded this way because they are tougher to grind. Excess grease can also clog the disposal because it can harden before making its way through the drain.
When draining grease, be sure to run hot water through the disposal while pouring the grease down the sink. Continue running the water for a few seconds after you are finished to ensure the grease finds its way through the pipes.
At Petri, we can provide you with all of your garbage disposal installation and maintenance needs. If you have any questions or need help with your garbage disposal, just give us a call!