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Garbage Disposal's Do's And Do Not's

A Garbage disposal unit, also known as a waste disposal unit, garbage disposer, is a device, usually electrically powered, installed under a kitchen sink between the sink’s drain and the trap. The disposal unit shreds food waste into pieces small enough – generally less than 2 mm (0.079 in) to pass through plumbing.

Our recommendations on how to correctly operate your garbage disposal. First, start running cool water. Second, turn on the disposal. Third, slowly put food in, do not it put all at once. Fourth, run the disposal until food is gone, about 20-40 seconds Fifth, turn it off and let the water run for another 15-20 seconds to flush out the drain. Cleaning your Garbage Disposal correctly is crucial for its lifespan. You can use a bit of baking soda or a slice of lemon/ lime as cleaner and they can eliminate odors. If the Garbage Disposal is stuck, not working or making humming noises, you try these few trouble shooting tips. You can try turning the unit off and press the reset button (red color) under your unit. If that doesn’t reset the appliance, then get your jam key (usually sold with most units) and insert the tool into the hole in the bottom of the disposal housing. You need to rotate it back and forth and see if it would clear the jam. If all these steps won’t help, then call an appliance repair company.

Here are few common mistakes while operating your garbage disposal that can damaged your unit: Putting food waste and running a hot water at the same time. The cold water allows any grease to move through the pipes intact, on other hand, the hot water could melt fat and clog a pipe that would not only cause an issue with your garbage disposal but could also lead you to costly repairs on the pipes Pouring any oil or grease into the disposal unit. The oil/grease would clog pipes very quick and you may see backing up water in your dishwasher and sink, in this case you would need a plumber. Do not dispose any nonfood related items. We found many uncommon items in the disposals. Make sure only food waste and nothing else. No plastic toys, cigarettes, silverware, bones, glass and etc. Any hard material items can damage the disposal.


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