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Garbage Disposal Maintenance

The garbage disposal is one of the great conveniences of the modern kitchen. They allow you to rid your home of food waste that otherwise might linger in trash cans. This waste is simply chopped up and washed away with your kitchen sink’s other waste water with very little effort on your part. But that doesn’t mean these systems don’t need to be cared for to maintain proper operation.

Whether you’re just considering having a garbage disposal installed or you’re experiencing problems with an existing unit, the plumbing experts at Dial One Johnson Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning are here to help with garbage disposals. Our skilled technicians are always available to come to your home to inspect, maintain, repair or replace your garbage disposal. You will find that your problem is quickly solved, your troubles are quickly forgotten and your disposal is back in business in no time.

Garbage Disposal Cleaning & Maintenance Tips

Many homeowners tend to neglect their garbage disposals. For the most part, a garbage disposal is not a device that needs much attention, but there are a couple little things you can do to keep it functioning at its best.

  • Ice: To keep the blades clear of debris, dump a full tray of ice into the disposal. Run some cold water and turn the disposal on. Let the blades whir until the ice is all gone, then turn it off and let the cold water run for about 15 more seconds before turning that off as well.
  • Vinegar: Another good method for keeping the disposal blades clean and removing corrosive mineral deposits is to put a cup of white vinegar down the drain. Let that sit and soak for about an hour, then flush with hot water. The vinegar will break up mineral deposits.
  • Lemon Peels: For odor control, toss some lemon peels into the disposal once in a while. This breaks up smelly gunk and leaves the drain smelling fresher.

How Can You Clear Garbage Disposal Jams?

Whether you overestimated your disposal’s abilities or inadvertently dropped a whole potato into it, you may find yourself in a situation with a jammed disposal. There are a couple of things you can try to get the blades spinning freely again. Here are a few tips:

  • Turn Off Power to the Unit: To do this, find the motor under the sink and either unplug it from its power source or turn the master switch to off. You can also flip the circuit breaker if you have access to the breaker box. If you cannot access either the unit or the power to the unit, do not proceed with working on the disposal and call a professional.
  • Use a Wooden Spoon: Take a wooden spoon or similar object and insert it into the drain. Turn it around, back and forth, working the blades manually until the offending foreign object is broken up.
  • Locate the Hex Key: This wrench is designed to be inserted into a small fitting on the underside of the disposal unit. Turn the wrench back and forth to manipulate the blades.

If neither of these methods works for you, or if you just feel more comfortable having a professional handle the situation, call Dial One Plumbing. Our plumbing experts know how to handle all kinds of garbage disposal problems. Call us today to learn more about our garbage disposal services.


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