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Maintaining a Garbage Disposal

 

Garbage DisposalGarbage disposals are wonderful and necessary appliances; however, they can quickly become smelly and awful. There is nothing quite as awful than a terrible odor coming through your kitchen, giving you a loss of appetite and an overall disgusting feeling.

Do this First!

Before you do anything about your smelly garbage disposal, it is import to first find out what is causing your garbage disposal to smell so bad. There are various causes of a smelly garbage disposal such as chicken skins, animal fat, egg shells, celery, beans and vegetable peels.

Garbage Disposal Cleaning Steps

There are some simple steps you can take to clean your garbage disposal such as first running hot water down the sink. Then, put a mixture of hot water and degreasing dish soap down the drain. Follow this mixture with two minutes of hot water. The next step is to turn off the power to your garbage disposal, take a bottle brush and scrub the black flaps on the drain and go far down into the disposal—only as safely as you can reach. Next, turn off the power to your disposal again and put three cups of ice cubes down your disposal. The ice will sharpen the blades and get rid of any remaining goo and gunk out of your disposal.

Maintaining your Garbage Disposal

Boise PlumbingTo maintain your garbage disposal, always run the water in the disposal while it is grinding up your food. Do this for at least 30 seconds after the food has finished grinding. Another tip is to every week rinse hot water and baking soda or hot water and dish soap down your disposal. This will clean out your disposal. Or, put a load of ice cubes through the disposal once a month. However, if all of the above doesn’t work, call you plumber and have him replace your garbage disposal.

To conclude, no one likes a smelly garbage disposal and it can be embarrassing when friends and family members gather for special mean at your home. However, there are things you can do, as mentioned above, that can solve this problem. If after trying to clean your garbage disposal and you find that nothing is working, that is the time to call your plumber. He has the knowledge and experience to get your drain going again or replace it with a new one.

If your home is in need of garbage disposal services, call Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling at (208) 466-9447 for the best services in the Boise area.