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Garbage Disposal Maintenance Tips

Your garbage disposal should be treated the same way you treat your microwave, refrigerator, stove, countertop or anything else in the kitchen. It should be cleaned periodically to where it will avoid major maintenance in the future.

A clogged garbage disposal can lead to multiple problems, but before you make the call to one of our Austin Plumbers, we want to offer several tips for minor clog issues. A solution to your problem may be something as simple as using a common household item.

  • Don’t overdo it: Most people either forget or simply don’t know that a disposal is used for disposing small amount of food. It is not made to dispose large bones or large amounts of anything. Overusing your disposal can lead to instant clogging issues. Also some raw vegetables are a no no especially celery.
  • Ice and fruit: Don’t be afraid to throw a couple of ice cubes down the disposal. The cubes will grind and clean the blades. Citric fruit peels, such as oranges, lemons and limes, will provide a nice smell after the ice cubes do their job.
  • When it doubt, use water: Cold water assists in quality maintenance. Go figure! Running cold water before, during and after disposal use will help to flush particles that can build in the system and give the disposal problems.

If any of these garbage disposal maintenance tips fail, it may be time for you to call a plumbing professional. Our Austin Plumbers specialize in all residential and commercial services, no matter how major or minor the task is. Call our Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of North Austin today at (512) 648-4208, or visit us online for details.