A garbage disposal is not the type of appliance that every home absolutely must have. It may not play quite as integral a role in your life as your water heater, for instance, does. That being said, those of us that have experienced the conveniences offered by a garbage disposal are very unlikely to go back to life without one in place. At least, we would not choose to do so intentionally.
Unfortunately, some homeowners wind up missing out on these conveniences because they fail to use their garbage disposals properly. We have a few tips to help you avoid any such problems in today’s post. Keep the following information in mind, and remember that you can always count on the professional plumbers on our team for a job well done.
Keep the Water Running!
This is a tip that most people hopefully don’t need, but trust us when we tell you that there are people out there that forget to keep the water running when using their garbage disposals. Remember, a garbage disposal does not have blades that chop waste up. It works by grinding materials down, and you need to keep the water running in order to prevent damage to the disposal as it operates and to keep the waste moving through your drains.
Schedule Professional Services
There is one trick to try when your garbage disposal is not working properly. You can go ahead and press the reset button on the fixture itself. If that is not enough to get the appliance operating properly again, then you need to schedule professional service with a qualified plumber. Not only does trying to repair your garbage disposal on your own put you and your system at risk, but it also may void warranties so that you’re liable for issues that would have otherwise been covered.
Use the System Appropriately
No, you cannot dump just anything and everything down your garbage disposal and expect to get away with it scot-free. Items such as corn husks and celery stalks may become entangled in the moving parts of the garbage disposal and put a lot of strain on it, while rice, beans, and pasta can swell up as they take on water and cause drain clogs. FOG, or fats, oils, and grease will congeal as it cools, so keep those out of the disposal as well.
Contact Bayonet Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning for all of your garbage disposal services in Brooksville, FL.