Tips to Have a Functioning Garbage Disposal

One of the most common home appliances, the garbage disposal has been viewed by many people as one part of a kitchen they cannot do without. With 50 percent of homes in the United States having garbage disposals, they are in use almost non-stop throughout the year.

Mobile, AL Garbage-Disposal-ServicesHowever, as with almost anything that is very popular, they are sometimes used too much. As a result, there are many problems that are quite common with garbage disposals.

With an average life of 12 years, garbage disposals can nevertheless face many problems that can severely shorten their lives.

Grind Chambers and Expansion

One of the biggest problems garbage disposals have comes when people put the wrong types of food or other materials in them. One of the most common items dumped into disposals is coffee grinds, which can present numerous problems.

Not only can they make the disposal smell very bad, but they can also damage the grind chamber because they expand with moisture and can force the motor to overexert itself, resulting in a large repair bill for a new motor.

Establish a Regular Cleaning Schedule

Most Mobile home garbage disposals have now been made to be self-cleaning, but this does not mean homeowners should never take the initiative and also do some cleaning.

If they don’t, the grind chamber and drain line can become clogged. In addition, food particles will accumulate in the drain baffle, allowing bacteria and mold to grow inside the disposal.

This can be extremely unhealthy, since airborne spores can result which can lead to illness. If the disposal is experiencing slow drains and has a bad smell, a service technician should be called in to inspect the drain lines and properly clean the grind chamber, blades, and other parts.

Keep the Disposal Wet

One of the biggest problems of your Mobile home garbage disposals comes when people run them dry rather than wet. Running cold water will help the grinding process, and also help to keep the blades and other parts lubricated and running smoothly.

Disposals that are run dry more often than not tend to have such problems as motors that burn out prematurely or blades that begin to stick, which will require the services of a plumber to make whatever repairs are needed.

To avoid this, cold water should be run before, during, and after the disposal is finished, which will wash any excess debris out of the pipes.

Time to get your Mobile, AL home garbage disposal ready for the holiday season. Call Drain Busters Plumbing & Rooter at (251) 665-9898 today.