When your garbage disposal isn’t functioning optimally, you can end up with clogged drains, leading to costly repairs. To ensure a severe food clog doesn’t cost you, here are some simple maintenance steps to follow:
- Never, ever, ever pour grease, butter, or other fats down your drain.
- Scrape large chunks of food off plates and pans prior to rinsing.
- Never put difficult-to-grind food items down the kitchen sink (i.e. bones, artichoke leaves, or other fibrous foods)
- Run water when turning on the garbage disposal, and allow water to run for 30 seconds after you shut it off.
- Place 1 lemon quartered in the garbage disposal and grind for 1 minute, with hot running water to get rid of any foul odors.
- Pour ¼ cup of baking soda into the drain, and top with 1 cup of white distilled vinegar. Allow to bubble and hiss for a couple of minutes. This will loosen leftover food residue. With hot water running, turn on the disposal for 1 minute and then flush further with running water.
If your garbage disposal quits functioning, or is making a loud grinding or whirring noise, call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Central Florida. We will work to identify the problem, which may require disassembling the unit. In some cases, it may be necessary (or more cost-effective) to replace the garbage disposal instead of repairing it. Rest assured, we will give you an honest and accurate recommendation for the best course of action, and a written estimate.
Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Central Florida does more than garbage disposal repair; when you need trenchless pipe repair, sewer repair, have a clogged drain, or need a new hot water tank installed, we will be there at your convenience.