- Rinse, Rinse, Rinse! It’s important you run water through the disposal unit before, during and after disposing of food waste. This keeps the material flowing through, preventing it from building up and causing a jam – or possibly even burning our your motor!
- Use Cold Water! Why? Well if you use hot water it can separate certain substances off of the food waste that can then build up in the unit.
- Don’t Let Food Waste Sit! Never pour or dump waste into the unit before turning it on. This can be tempting, especially if you’re preparing a meal where it’s easy to put the food waste aside in the garbage disposal only to turn it on after dinner. This is not a good idea, because the acid from the food will immediately begin corroding the unit.
- Don’t Overwhelm It! Taking your time in feeding waste through the unit will put a lot less pressure on the motor and keep it running more efficiently and for longer.
- Watch Certain Types of Food! It’s never a good idea to put grease or fat down the drain, whether in liquid or solid form.
- Keep it Sharp! If you notice the garbage disposal jams often or isn’t working as efficiently, it could be the sharpness of the teeth. You can try running coffee grinds or ice cubes (without water) through the unit to aid the teeth. Or just give us a call for our Toronto Plumbing services and we’ll be happy to help!
- If it Jams… Fret not. Usually under the garbage disposal unit there is a little place where you can hand crank the unit with an alan key to get it turning again.
- If it Won’t Turn On… Most people think that if the unit won’t turn on that it’s an electrical issue. That’s possible of course, but first check under the unit to see the little red status light. Usually if there’s a jam a little button will pop out to avoid an overload. Just push this back in and it should reset itself.