A garbage disposal’s primary use is to dispose of food. However, there are items that can damage the device. Here are a couple of things you must know to keep your device in peak condition:
Use cold water.
When disposing your unwanted food, make sure you run cold water before, during and after turning the disposal on. It’s suggested to run water at least 10 seconds before and after. Hot water could damage the disposal’s interior blades.
Fruit peels are a good thing.
To take away unwanted smells, feel free to drop fruit peels down your disposal. Run cold water, and use citrus peels (oranges, pears, apples, etc.) to not only give your sink a nice fragrance but also help fight off the growth of bacteria.
Bones, fat and meat grease should not go down the disposal.
These materials can damage the interior of a disposal and cost you hundreds of dollars in repair fees (never try to fix a disposal without a professional).
In addition, make sure your disposal receives proper maintenance from a licensed professional. It is good to have a professional technician come once a year for preventative care. Feel free to call us for additional garbage disposal care tips.