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Garbage Disposal Care for the Fall Season

3 Tips to Have a Better Functioning Garbage Disposal this Fall Season

A garbage disposal is a very handy kitchen appliance to help you to get rid of all those food scraps that would otherwise end up stinking up your kitchen. However, you want to make sure it is always functioning in tip top condition, so here are three tips to help you to have a better function garbage disposal this Fall:

Tip #1: Be sure to use the garbage disposal regularly

Running a garbage disposal every day helps to keep the parts and gears in shape just like when a person exercises to keep their body in shape. You can avoid most clogs, freezes, and even prevent rust and bad food odor by running it every day, even if you just run water and turn it on it helps to keep it in good shape.

Tip #2: Never use hot water when running a garbage disposal

Hot water is a bad deal when it comes to grinding things up in a garbage disposal. You should always use cold water because hot water will melt the food scraps and make then greasy and stick to the sides of the garbage disposal. Cold water, on the other hand, will help the food harden and that makes it go down the system and out the drain much simpler.

In fact, if you toss a few ice cubes into the garbage disposal on a regular basis it helps to get the gunky messes off the blades and washes away any bad odors too. If you add a little rock salt to the ice it cleans it even better. Or, try freezing vinegar into some cubes and grinding them up in the disposal for even better cleaning action.

Tip #3: Never put these items into your garbage disposal

Some food items aren’t meant to be put into your disposal and if you do it could break or clog it up. For instance, don’t put grease or oil into a garbage disposal because it hardens and clogs up your pipes. Plus, never throw potato peelings into the disposal because the starch in the potatoes gets stuck and sticks to the sides and can cause a major clog.

Additionally, don’t put bones, or fruit and vegetable pits or seeds into the disposal because it could dull or even break the blades or at the very least jam it up. And most of all, don’t put nonfood items like glass or metal or plastic into the disposal.

Time to get your Chattanooga home garbage disposal ready for the holiday season. Call Metro Sewer and Plumbing at (423) 855-0967 today.

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