Food Waste Garbage Disposal Tips

One of the favorite items in the kitchen – Food Waste Disposal or more commonly referred to as the Garbage Disposal.

Now yours may not look like this, but if it does, you need to call Conover Plumbing!Damaged Household Food Waste Garbage Disposal Appliance

Tips for keeping your garbage disposal healthy.

Golden rule: use cold water to keep the disposal cool when operating your disposal — NOT hot water. Keep the cold water running as long as the motor is running, and be sure to avoid overloading the disposal. We all have a tendency to keep pushing items down, one right after another, then all of a sudden it groans.

Items to avoid putting down your disposal.

Banana peels, cornhusks, artichokes, oyster shells, onion skins, shrimp peels, celery, and other high-fiber material can clog your disposal. No, chicken bones are not okay… A few honorable mention items that you should avoid – spoons, forks, knives, and rings.

Stop, halt – do not pour the bacon grease, fats or cooking oils down your sink. Liquid fats can thicken in pipes, trapping food particles and clogging the drains. Hmm, grease, oil, just sitting there collecting – it makes for an interesting odor down the road.

One more item, it almost happens every morning, do not put coffee grounds down the drain. Take a moment and put them around your lilac trees, or blueberry shrubs, or in your compost bin.

Dry onion with their skinsMeat frying in grease.Fresh corn with their husks.Bananas with one partially peeled.Fresh ground coffee, you can almost smell it.

A jammed disposal?

Your disposal just quit – it is jammed. Turn off the water and turn off the motor and power to the motor. Oh yes, it is so, so tempting to put your hand down into the disposal without turning off the power to the disposal. Well, if it suddenly starts to work…well, hum, you can imagine what will happen…

To clear the obstruction from underneath the disposal, reach under the sink, you may need a mirror to look at the bottom of the disposal. Insert the service wrench that came with your disposal, or if you can’t find it, use a ¼ inch Allen wrench to insert into the hole on the bottom of the disposal; turning it back and forth. This moves the motor shaft and flywheel until it can turn freely in complete circles.

Do you have a broom handle? Make sure you turned off the power to the disposal. To clear the jam accessing the disposal from the sink you will need a broom handle. Place the broom handle down into the disposal and push against one of impellers (blades), then push in the other direction, keep switching until the impellers break lose and move freely.

Using tongs or long needle nose pliers reach in and remove whatever caused the disposal to jam.

Turn back on the power to the disposal, you may need to reset the disposal by pressing the red “reset” button on the bottom of the disposal. Don’t forget to turn on Cold water when running the disposal.

Odors, you say.

Food particles and oils, which remain in your disposal, can cause odors. Remember the bacon grease, celery, banana peel, to name a few. Put lemon, lime or orange peels in the disposal, while running cold water for about thirty seconds.

Grinding up ice cubes in the disposal periodically will also help to keep the blades sharp and clean.

Learn more about building your compost bin – click here.


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