If you are like most people you probably use the garbage disposal in your kitchen multiple times a day and would have a hard time imagining what it would be like to cleanup after meals without it. The majority of homeowners have the same experience as you, since garbage disposals are now accepted to be a basic modern appliance in our kitchens.
Some homeowners think that you can put anything and everything down their disposal. That is simply not the case, they are not invincible, they will get jammed or they will break if not handled with some amount of care.
First and foremost, there are a few things that just shouldn’t go into the disposal: bones, gristle, cornhusks or anything fibrous, cooked spaghetti or rice in large quantities. Basically if you keep in mind that if you can’t chew it, then neither can your garbage disposal and it would be best to put it in the trash.
Secondly, it would make since not to put grease in the disposal but if you do, do not run hot water to get it down and through the system. Instead if you turn on the garbage disposal and use cold water it will solidify the grease and it will go through the system more easily.
If the garbage disposal would happen to get jammed, unplug and locate the Allen wrench that came with the unit and place the shorter end up underneath the center of the disposal and turn it before trying to start it again. If that doesn’t free the disposal then you will need to call a knowledgeable plumbing professional. Give Micro Plumbing, Inc. a call. We will come out, help you out and get you up and running again! We will even show you how to use ice to keep it clean and smelling fresh.
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