We often think of garbage disposals as these sturdy, almost invincible systems, and that as long as you don’t put gravel down them they’ll last forever. Actually, if you’re not careful you can actually shorten the lifespan of your garbage disposal considerably. If you want your garbage disposal to really last as long as possible, read on for some steps you can take.
Avoid These Materials
A garbage disposal can deal with an awful lot of different kinds of waste. However, there are still certain things you should never put down the disposal. For example:
- FOG: Short for “Fats, Oils, and Grease.” FOG is often poured down the garbage disposal in liquid form after being used in cooking. As it cools, however, FOG congeals and gums up the drain pipe leading from the disposal to the sewer line. It’s best to throw FOG away after using it, rather than clog up your garbage disposal with it.
- Bones/Fruit Pits/Ice: These materials are far too hard for a garbage disposal to deal with, and often result in broken impellers. If you want to preserve your garbage disposal for as long as possible, you should avoid putting super hard materials into it.
Schedule Annual Maintenance
It’s always a good idea to have your garbage disposal professionally inspected every once in a while. Scheduling annual preventive maintenance is a great way to have any problems identified and fixed before they can progress far enough to damage the system. This is one of the best ways to make sure that your garbage disposal lasts as long as possible. You can save hundreds of dollars in repair costs by doing this.
If you need garbage disposal maintenance, or any kind of garbage disposal services, call SPS Mechanical Inc. We offer comprehensive garbage disposal services throughout West Deptford, NJ.