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Garbage Disposal Care

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Here are some quick tips on Garbage Disposal Care:

A garbage disposal unit or waste disposal unit is a device, usually electrically powered, installed under a kitchen sink between the sink’s drain and the trap which shreds food waste into pieces small enough—generally less than 2 mm (0.079 in)—to pass through plumbing.[1]

Garbage disposal units are widely used in North American households, but far less commonly used elsewhere. In Canada, they are commonly called garburators.

Garbage disposals are hardly ever thought about ….. until they stop working, start giving off strange smells or sound like a blender filled with foreign metal objects.

A garbage disposal is basically a hefty motor attached to an impeller that pulverizes food until it is small enough to pass into the drain pipe as you run water into the unit. Garbage disposals are usually very reliable but many older older ones tend to have problems, if they have not been used in a while.

The switch is the biggest problem that causes the unit to not operate any longer. You usually will find out you have a problem when scraps from your last meal, snack, etc are too big to go down the drain and cause that nasty smell.

Quick Tips:

If it is smelling sour, cut up a lemon and dump it into the unit to help clean off whatever it is that is causing the odor. In fact, once a month or so, it doesn’t hurt to cycle the unit, to be sure it doesn’t seize up again.

You should also avoid putting in onions, carrots, celery and banana peels which do not break up well in the disposal. You should always keep a cover on the garbage disposal opening to avoid dropping unwanted items in the garbage disposal.