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Garbage Disposal Maintenance 101

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The secret to a smoothly operating garbage disposal is consistent maintenance, much like any other home appliance. C. Lee Services, your go-to plumber in Akron, OH, shares what you should be doing to keep this kitchen essential running at its best and avoid any unexpected breakdowns.

What Not to Grind

While a garbage disposal can handle a surprising amount of food waste, it’s not a magical bottomless pit. Certain items can wreak havoc on the blades and motor, and potentially clog your pipes. Professional plumbing services would recommend that you avoid putting fibrous foods, grease and oil, coffee grounds, egg shells, bones and fruit pits, as well as starchy foods like pasta and rice into the unit. When in doubt, err on the side of caution and throw it in the trash.

Using Your Garbage Disposal Effectively

Always run cold water while the disposal is in use. This helps to solidify any grease or oil that may have made its way into the unit so they can be chopped up without smearing and clogging the pipes. It also helps chop up food waste more efficiently. After turning off the disposal, let the water run for a few seconds to flush out any remaining debris.

In addition, grind in small batches, and don’t overload your disposal. Feed it scraps gradually to avoid jams and costly plumbing repairs. Finally, clean the appliance regularly by grinding up a few ice cubes and citrus peels. The ice helps sharpen the blades while the citrus freshens up any lingering odors.

Maintenance Tips

To keep your garbage disposal running smoothly, it’s important to conduct regular maintenance checks. Every month or so, check for any leaks under the sink and tighten any loose connections. You should also periodically check the rubber splash guard for any cracks or tears and replace it if necessary. If you notice any strange noises or odors coming from your garbage disposal, address them immediately by calling your local plumbing company. This could be a sign of a larger issue that requires professional attention. Don’t attempt to fix any mechanical or electrical problems yourself, as it can be dangerous and can void any warranties.

Our C. Lee Services team is composed of experienced plumbers who can handle any concern, from resolving emergency plumbing situations to conducting regular maintenance and repairs. Don’t hesitate to contact us today for any of your plumbing needs in Akron, OH.

Do I Have to Be Home? We typically request that our customers, or an adult at the very least are home to grant us access to the pipes as needed, but they do not need to be home for the entirety of our visit on their property while repairs are being finished.

Will I Need To Move Furniture? Normally we won’t require our customers to move furniture or household items, but if there are a lot of items blocking access to the pipes, we will need to move some of them out of the way.

How Long Will You Need To Fix My Pipes? The time needed to finish our work is will be defined based on the damage we find in the pipes, and repairs can be as short as a few hours or a couple of days depending on what is required of our team.

When Do I Pay For Your Services? Customers will pay us for our repair and cleaning services after we finish our work on their property. In addition, we offer options for financing as needed.

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