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The Basics of Garbage Disposal Maintenance

Unlike an appliance such as your water heater, your garbage disposal can be primarily maintained by you on your own. If you have any concerns at all about the operation of your garbage disposal, of course, you should contact a professional plumber right away. By simply being careful about what you put down your garbage disposal, though, you can go a long way toward protecting its integrity and operational quality.

Read the following tips to learn more about what can and what should never go down your garbage disposal. More often than not, issues with a garbage disposal are the result of improper usage. Let us know if you have any further questions about your garbage disposal in Tampa, FL.

What to Keep Out of Your Garbage Disposal

Organic matter can be disposed of via your garbage disposal. This is very beneficial in a few ways. It means less food in the landfill, and fewer trips to take the trash out for your. Not just everything can be deposited here, though. Avoid putting the following down your garbage disposal:

  • Very Hard Items: When cleaning up after a family feast, be sure to avoid putting very hard items, such as animal bones, into the garbage disposal. These should go right into the trash. Even if those bones are cooked, they can compromise the disposal’s grinding mechanism.
  • Very Fibrous Items: This suggestion catches some homeowners off-guard, which is why it is so important to mention. You should not be putting very fibrous items down your garbage disposal, as doing so makes it possible for those fibers to get wrapped up in the disposal’s moving parts and create serious strain. This includes materials such as celery stalks and corn husks.
  • FOG: FOG, or fats, oils, and grease, should not go down the garbage disposal. While they are liquids when hot, these materials can congeal when they cool. This in turn can lead to serious clogs in drains.

Schedule your garbage disposal services with the professional plumbers here at Experts Plumbing Services, LLC.

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