Proper garbage disposal care today prevents drain problems tomorrow. Not that we don’t want your business, but it’s wise to take good care of your kitchen amenities. To keep this appliance in check, follow these easy do’s don’ts for your garbage disposal!

Garbage Disposal Do’s

  • Run your disposal regularly. Do this to prevent rust, corrosion, and blockage.
  • Have cold water flowing when running disposal. This prevents grease and oils from clogging.
  • Put waste down one at a time and cut bigger items into smaller pieces.
  • It’s okay to put hard materials like egg shells, fish bones, and small fruit pits down disposal. These items serve as a cleanse for your disposal.
  • Clean with a little bit of dish soap and cold water on a regular basis. Let your disposal run for a minute with chill water running.

Garbage Disposal Don’ts

  • Food to NOT put down disposal:
  • Celery stocks
  • Onion skins
  • Large animal bones
  • Coffee grounds
  • Grease
  • Oils
  • Fats
  • Potato peels
  • Lemons/limes
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Other items to NOT put down disposal:
  • Metal
  • Paper
  • Plastic
  • Glass
  • Bleach
  • Hot water
  • Plant clippings
  • NEVER try to remove blockage with bare hand. Use flashlight and plyers after turning off circuit breaker, or use safety gloves.

Your garbage disposal is a sturdy appliance, but even it has its limits. Outside of basic maintenance, if your unit stops working, it’s time to call Action Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electric. We’re here for all of your kitchen disposal rescuing needs!

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