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Garbage disposals are virtually self-cleaning and maintenance-free. A malfunctioning garbage disposal can mean a messy headache, but one that can be avoided or quickly repaired by a plumber. If your garbage disposal is jammed, clogged, or leaking, our plumber technicians will work quickly for drain cleaning service. Garbage disposals are actually good for the environment as they reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. Food scraps decompose and generate methane gas–a greenhouse gas–which contributes to climate change. Keep your garbage disposal in working condition with simple repairs or replacement. If you don’t already have one, our plumbers can easily install a garbage disposal so you can reduce your carbon footprint.

Here are a few tips to keep your garbage disposal functioning

  • Always run cold water when grinding in order to move the waste all the way through the drain lines. Fats and grease congeal and harden in cold water which can then be flushed through the system.
  • Do not use hot water when grinding because it can dissolve fats and grease, which may then accumulate in the drain line. Almost all biodegradable food waste can be fed into disposals.
  • However, do not throw down the disposal clam or oyster shells, corn husks or other material with a high fiber content.
  • Under no circumstances should you put glass, plastic or metal non-food materials through a disposal. This includes bottle caps, tin covers or aluminum foil–these are some of the items service technicians commonly find in clogged or broken disposals.

How to Clean a Garbage Disposal

At first, the odors may not be noticeable. However, given enough time and lack of cleaning, the unpleasant odors may become stronger as bacteria and mold grow. Cleaning the garbage disposal at least once a week with one of the following methods will help to keep it free of nasty bacteria and unsightly mold.

Method 1:

Pour one half cup of baking soda down the kitchen drain. Carefully pour one cup of white vinegar down the drain on top of the baking soda. Place the drain stopper in the sink to close off the drain. If you have a double sink, you should do this for both of them. The mixture will fizz and make a bit of noise or fizzing sounds. Allow this to work its magic for a few minutes while you boil some hot water. Use a full teakettle or medium size pot of water. Once this has boiled, pour it down the drain.

Method 2:

Using a clean container, mix a gallon of water with one tablespoon of liquid chlorine bleach. Carefully and slowly, pour the solution down the drain and allow it to sit for several minutes. Flush the drain thoroughly with cold water for several minutes.

Lastly, make home ownership and property management easier with Leinbach Services, Inc. We have plumber technicians in Johnson City TN who are ready to get your plumbing lines running fluidly. We cover sinks, valves, septic tanks, water heaters, drains, toilets, and copper. Call our office for a local trustworthy plumber, and ask about our preventative maintenance program Comfort Club for peace of mind. Then, find out how you can make cash through our customer rewards program, called Referral Club. Thanks for using Leinbach Services for all of your plumbing needs.

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